Maybe you will remember a show that was insanely popular a few years ago called The West Wing. It was a political drama and followed the lives of fictional characters working in the White House. Well, I was addicted to that show. Crazy addicted.
So when I heard that Rob Lowe had a book coming out about his life, I knew I had to read it. Rob played Sam Seaborn, a political speech writer and one of my favourite short-lived characters. I loved his quippy lines and hilarious storyline. From accidentally sleeping with a high end call-girl to dating the boss's daughter, Sam Seaborn clearly had a way with the ladies. And it turns out, so did Rob.
What amazed me about this book was the simple coincidences and small community that makes up the hollywood family. In the 70s, having Sean Penn and Charlie Sheen as neighbours didn't mean much, afterall, they were just boys. But boys grew into actors, grew into famous actors, and reading about Rob's life opened my eyes into the high and lows of acting jobs, breakthrough roles, and watching friends skyrocket to fame.
Given my age, I had no idea Lowe was once a teen heartthrob alongside Tom Cruise and Patrick Swayze. I had no idea he was a heavy drinker, all night party man, and womanizer. From famous actresses to royalty, Rob really did get around.
One of the most interesting moments of the book actually had nothing to do with his acting at all. It had more to do with chance, or luck, or fate. On his regular travels for filming The West Wing, he boarded his usual American Airlines flight from Washington, D.C. As fate would have it, eleven days later that flight was hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001 and flown into the Pentagon. Several years later he would receive a letter from the U.S. Attorney Generals Office and discover that his flight on August 31st was the dry-run for the highjacking and all of the terrorists were on board.
What struck a chord with me is how Rob, despite being jilted a number of times throughout his career, has managed to still be a great actor - even if occasionally overlooked. He seems like a nice guy, a good dad, and someone you could have a beer with who wouldn't be "too hollywood" for you. If he's sharing the stories he tells his friends with us, you can only imagine what he isn't telling.
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