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Rob Lowe: There's bias against good-looking people

By Robyn Ross
TV Guide

Rob Lowe says he's not a narcissist, but claims there's an "unbelievable bias" against good-looking people like himself.

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In an interview with The New York Times magazine to promote his second memoir, "Love Life," Lowe talks about finally scoring meaningful roles his good looks didn't allow him previously. "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," Lowe says. "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 goddamn pretty I wouldn't have taken myself seriously."

Lowe, 50, most recently starred on NBC's "Parks and Recreation." When asked why people were surprised that he was funny, he echoed his previous sentiment: "Again, there's a historical bias that good-looking people are not funny."

The former Brat Pack member also opened up about his infamous sex tape in 1988, which he claims increased the leaking of personal home videos. Ironically, he'll soon co-star in "Sex Tape," a movie about a man and wife whose intimate video is accidentally shared with their friends. When asked if the feature's story line could exist without his previous scandal, Lowe said, "Absolutely not. Considering I pioneered the field, it's high time I actually made some money in it."

So, is Lowe sure he's not a narcissist? "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 says.

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