First aired on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (22/09/11)
If erratic actor Charlie Sheen ever wants to mount a winning comeback, he won't have to look far for a good example of how to do it.
Sheen and Rob Lowe attended the same Santa Monica high school before becoming part of Hollywood's young elite in the mid-1980s. Both were stars with a penchant for partying, but the excess caught up to Lowe quickly, especially after a sex tape featuring the St. Elmo's Fire star was leaked in 1988.
The former teen idol faced a public relations disaster that threatened to destroy his career. However, Lowe saw the incident as a wake-up call, which put him on the path to sobriety.
While he's appeared in several films over the past two decades, Lowe has found his greatest success on television. From 1999 to 2006, he starred in the highly acclaimed political drama The West Wing alongside Charlie's dad Martin Sheen. In recent years, he's shown more of his comic side in shows like Parks and Recreation and Californication.
"I feel great," Lowe told CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos recently. "At one point I was doing Brothers and Sisters, Parks and Recreation, Californication, and writing my book all in the same time. That's what I dreamt of. I never thought that would even be possible for me to ping-pong around from different projects."
The book Lowe was referring to is his new memoir Stories I Only Tell My Friends, in which he chronicles the broken home of his childhood, his acting journey, and, of course, his sexual misadventures. You can find out more about it in the clip below.
Stories I Only Tell My Friends
by Rob Lowe
Buy this book at:
"A wryly funny and surprisingly moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eye.
A teen idol at fifteen, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at twenty, and one of Hollywood"s top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-seventies Malibu, where he embarked on his unrelenting pursuit of a career in Hollywood."
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