In the new TV movie “Killing Kennedy,” which premieres on November 10, long-time actor Rob Lowe knew the pressure he was facing from the get-go.
"Lately I've been taking parts I have no idea about – and that's the rush,” Rob tells MANHATTAN magazine in their November issue. “The challenge was apparent off the bat."
The “Parks & Recreation” star portrays the legendary president in the National Geographic Channel movie that focuses on the days surrounding Kennedy’s assassination 50 years ago this month.
It’s the latest from the star who has taken on a range of roles over the last few years. After starring in the ABC drama series “Brothers & Sisters” for four seasons, the versatile actor joined the hit comedy “Parks & Recreation” for three season. Now it appears that the actor is returning to more serious roles.
Rob acknowledges to the mag that all of his career choices are centered around a decision that he made two decades ago. His decision to become sober.
"All my life choices since are based on being in recovery. I learned to focus on what's real rather than imagined; on not letting feelings drive the bus; on being courageous and honest; on putting my total effort into something and not worrying about the result. My whole world view was infused."
The actor also opens up about growing up with Hollywood bad boys Sean Penn and Charlie Sheen in the early 80s.
“We were not the popular guys, the surfers and beach boys; we were these quirky kids with offbeat interests," Rob admits of the famous trio.
And yes, Charlie Sheen had an aggressive personality back then too. “Charlie was debating everyone and everything,” says the star. But the Sheen acting family was very near and dear to the actor's heart. “The Sheens' house was like my second home."
Make sure to pick up the November issue of MANHATTAN magazine, on newsstands now.
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