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Pretty people have problems, too, y'all — just ask Rob Lowe!
The 50-year-old actor-author is obviously a very handsome man, but sometimes being a dreamboat has its drawbacks. Because, as the former Parks and Recreation hunk tells the New York Times, "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."
"They can't be any of the things that you long to play as an actor," he explains. But now that the (still dreamy) actor is a bit beyond his Brat Pack days, he's finally "getting to play those parts now and loving it." He fully admits, though, "When I was a teen idol, I was so goddamn pretty I wouldn't have taken myself seriously."
Lowe, whose second memoir Love Life is on sale now, thinks people were "surprised" by his Parks and Rec and Californication characters because, as he puts it, "There's a historical bias that good-looking people are not funny."
His Parks and Rec co-star (and onscreen love interest) Rashida Jones calls him a "benevolent narcissist," he reveals in his new book, but don't even get started with any megalomaniac theories! "I've had years of psychiatry," he tells the Times, "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?'"
And? "The learned men of psychiatry assure me that I meet none of the medical criteria," he says, seemingly forgetting the countless women working in the mental health field.
"There is [an actual list of narcissistic qualities]," he says, "and the fact that we can even ponder the question immediately disqualifies me from being one."
OK, then. Paging Dr. Richard Nygard!