Rob Lowe: There Is An “Unbelievable Bias” Against Good-Looking People
Rob Lowe talks about the burden of beauty, his narcissistic tendencies, and his sex tape past in a new interview with the New York Times Magazine. The actor, long associated with his good looks, believes that society is unfairly dismissive of attractive people.
“There’s this unbelievable bias and prejudice against quote-unquote good-looking people, that they can’t be in pain or they can’t have rough lives or be deep or interesting,” he argues. This frustrated Lowe as a young actor because good-looking people “can’t be any of the things that you long to play as an actor.”
As he gets older, Lowe says he is “getting to play those parts now and loving it. When I was a teen idol, I was so goddamn pretty I wouldn’t have taken myself seriously.” Still, he knows he’s good looking and worries about his narcissistic tendencies.
“I’ve had years of psychiatry, and I ask about every six months — it’s sort of like getting your oil checked — I ask, ‘I’m not an actual narcissist, am I?’ The learned men of psychiatry assure me that I meet none of the medical criteria,” he explains. Lowe also jokes about his infamous sex tape from decades ago. The actor, who appears in the upcoming film Sex Tape, says, “Considering I pioneered the field, it’s high time I actually made some money in it.”