Rob Lowe says he was a nerd in high school
Rob Lowe knows that he was gorgeous back in his teen heart throb days and thinks that society is prejudiced against…good looking people.
“There’s this unbelievable bias and prejudice against quote-unquote good-looking people,” he tells The New York Times, “that they can’t be in pain or they can’t have rough lives or be deep or interesting. They can’t be any of the things that you long to play as an actor. I’m getting to play those parts now and loving it. When I was a teen idol, I was so damn pretty I wouldn’t have taken myself seriously.”
The 50-year-old actor also says that his role as uber-nerd Chris Traeger on “Parks and Recreations” is actually a lot closer to the real Rob Lowe than people might suspect.
“My deep dark secret is that I was a nerd in school,” he confesses. “ I liked the theater. I liked to study. I wasn’t very good at sports. It took being famous to make me cool, which, by the way, I never forgot.
The "West Wing" actor who has a second memoir coming out this month called “Love Life” reveals that his hilarious turn as a creepy plastic surgeon in “Behind the Candelabra” was not exactly pain-free.
“Before you could actually have face-lifts, they would pull your skin around the back of your head with rubber bands, where they would tape it.” He explains. “ And then you’d have to wear a wig over it to hide the rubber bands. It was not the most comfortable.
Lowe, who used to be a committed Democrat is now proud to call himself an Independent who refuses to slavishly follow one political party.
“My thing is personal freedoms, freedoms for the individual to love whom they want, do with what they want,” he says. “In fact, I want the government out of almost everything.