Sean Astin cuddling with otter is giving everyone Friday feelings

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Sam doesn't know why Sean Astin is trending either.

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Sean Astin, known best for his role as Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and most recently in No Good Nick on Netflix, began trending on Twitter in the early hours Friday. The reason? A picture of him cuddling an otter. 

On Thursday morning, a Twitter user posted two pictures of Astin and the otter. That tweet went viral, snagging tens of thousands of likes. The result was the actor's name trending on Twitter -- a big surprise to Astin, who began tweeting pictures of his early days in Hollywood and retweeting images of his famous mother, Patty Duke

No Good Nick is an original Netflix sitcom starring Siena Agudong as Nicole, a teenage con artist who goes by the name "Nick" and pretends to be a distant cousin of the Thompson family in order to rob them. Astin and Melissa Joan Hart play Ed and Liz Thompson, who take in Nick and treat her like a member of the family, which makes it harder for her to rob them. 

Netflix released the first 10 episodes of the show in April. The newest batch of episodes called No Good Nick: Part 2 debuted on the streaming service Aug. 5.

He also, by the way, plays Joyce Byers' boyfriend Bob Newby in Stranger Things.