A young Rob Lowe knew early on he wanted to be an actor; he was growing up in a tv-saturated environment & became fully aware of the implications of being part of the Hollywood scene. This didn’t deter him rather it inspired him. Fame & fortune surrounded him & being a superstar was there for the taking.
In his autobiography, Stories I only tell my friends, which Lowe claims he is “proud to have written every word” he offers insights into his 3 decade showbiz career. He writes about his start working as a young actor with Tom Cruise & Patrick Swayze in the movie ‘The Outsiders’, the romantic liaisons with Demi Moore & Princess Stephanie of Monaco, his struggles with alcohol & subsequence visits to rehab & his time on the hit tv series ‘The West Wing’.
I really enjoyed the part in which he discusses the gruelling audition process for ‘The Outsiders’ in 1983. He talks of it as being a cattle call with all the young, budding actors being prodded & probed as they compete to win the movie’s lead roles. It was if it was a life & death decision for these young men. Lowe credits the film’s director Francis Ford Coppola with having the most influence on his acting career. He says he learned his craft from the director, “Some actors….go to schools of drama….I learned on the job”.
I also really enjoyed his behind the scenes goss about the time he spent as a cast member on the tv series ‘The West Wing’. He describes his father-son like relationship with Martin Sheen as well as the tension among all of the cast. Very interesting reading. However, he doesn’t go overboard & focus on bad-mouthing his fellow actors like some other celebrity autobiographies do in an effort to boost sales. His book is far more personal.
I found his personal struggles very touching & straight-forward. He certainly has learned some valuable lessons since becoming a father & also as a recovering alcoholic. He writes as if he was having a conversation with the reader, a real strength of the book. It’s serious yet funny & witty & overall makes a good read for spring time on a beach or in a park. In my opinion its better than your average celebrity story & I have read quite a few of them.