Rob Lowe, who rose to fame as a teen heartthrob in the 1980s, says there an "unbelievable bias and prejudice" against "good-looking people."
Lowe was asked if he felt as if he "had to wait out" his "good looks to get good roles," given that he had written in his book that he likes to be made to look different. He had stated in the memoir: "I often find, to my disappointment, that when the folks in the executive suites are paying for Rob Lowe, they want me to look like Rob Lowe, regardless of who I'm playing."
"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," the actor told the New York Times. "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 g--d---m pretty I wouldn't have taken myself seriously."
Lowe is a member of the 1980s "Brat Pack," and starred with the likes of Demi Moore, Ally Sheedy, Andrew McCarthy and Judd Nelson in movies such as "St. Elmo's Fire" and "About Last Night..." Scores of teenagers decorated their walls with sexy posters of him (there is even one in Corey Haim's character's room in a scene in the 1987 cult vampire film "The Lost Boys" -- a tribute courtesy of director Joel Schumacher, who directed Lowe in "St. Elmo's Fire").
In recent years, he has appeared on shows such as the comedies "Californication" and "Parks and Recreation" and last year, he transformed his looks to portray Liberace's plastic surgeon -- whose love for the practice is apparent in his own face -- in the HBO film "Behind The Candelabra."
Lowe told the New York Times that there is also "a historical bias that good-looking people are not funny."
In the memoir, also talks about his teenage son -- one of the two children he shares with wife Sheryl Berkoff, who married him in 1991 -- how he got cast on "Californication" (his hairdresser helped hook him up -- he also styles main star David Duchovny's hair) and rehab, which he also discussed in his 2011 memoir. The actor had for years battled sex and alcohol addictions and tweeted in May 2013 that he was 23 years sober.
Rob Lowe talks "Sex Tape"
Lowe also talked to the New York Times about his new movie, "Sex Tape." The raunchy comedy also stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel and is set for release on July 25.
Lowe was once involved in a real sex tape scandal -- a video that showed him having sex with an adult women and a 16-year-old girl was leaked. It was taped when he was in Atlanta to attend the 1988 Democratic National Convention. The teenager's mother sued Lowe and the case was later settled. He agreed to perform 20 hours of community service.
"Now that it's a thing that suburban couples do when they're bored, I decided it's time to get back in the pool," he told the New York Times.
(Pictured above: Rob Lowe attends a 'Killing Kennedy' press conference on Oct. 15, 2013. / A poster of Rob Lowe and Corey Haim appear in the 1987 movie 'The Lost Boys." Credit: