Rob Lowe: There is a bias against good-looking people

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Speaking to The New York Times, Rob Lowe discussed prejudices and downsides of being attractive.

The actor believes that society holds bias towards good-looking people and that beauty can be a burden.

He said: ”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. 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.”


The 50-year-old actor, who is set to release his second memoir Love Life next week, has also revealed that he was actually quite a nerd at school and that his role as Chris Traeger on Parks and Recreations is a lot closer to his personality than people might assume.

”My deep dark secret is that I was a nerd in school,” he says. ”I liked the theater. I liked to study. I wasn’t very good at sports. It took being famous to make me cool, which, by the way, I never forgot,” Lowe explained.

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4 responses to “Rob Lowe: There is a bias against good-looking people”

  1. Christin says:

    Hahaha, I love this guy. And you know he’s telling the truth — he really was pretty, and he hated every minute of it(except for the moments he got lucky with some choice women – c’mon he’s a dude). Why do you think he would go out in public so often with glasses on and finally began to stop when he began getting wrinkles and grey hair? He was conscious of it. I’m nowhere near someone who has movie-star looks, but I know for a fact that good-looking people aren’t allowed to have the same sympathies as “not-so-good-looking” people. People had no idea that one of my best friends was hilarious until she got a twitter/facebook and began writing updates that were so witty and sarcastic it had half of her friends list in stitches by breakfast. This kind of thing is far more common than anyone is willing to admit.

  2. Jenny says:

    I think it’s true- it’s like people think you can only be one thing: attractive, smart, funny or athletic, etc…but some people just win the genetic lottery and have many gifts. as for a prejudice against good-looking people, the way you look is the first thing you see about a person and it’s normal to make snap judgments, the problem comes when you don’t try to look past those first impressions.

  3. Minnie says:

    There may very well be a bias against good-looking people, but how would Rob Lowe know? (Just kidding – but this goes to show how subjective it is!)
    Actually, there probably isn’t any bias against good-looking people; the issue is that the media and society have led people to believe that employers, educators, etc. subconsciously favour “good-looking” people over the less pretty bunch, but that’s actually not true for the most part. Being pretty might, at best, serve as a tie-breaker between two otherwise equal people. But at the end of the day, appearance is not that important and does not get you very far in life. It is personality and brains. (The perception about the importance of appearance probably came from the cosmetics industry.)

  4. Erod says:

    I think perhaps his comments were taken out of context. As someone who is perceived as ‘beautiful’, I can tell you that nobody ever wants to hear that you have the same issues as every other human being. Yes, I get lonely, yes, other women treat me like garbage, yes I have had depression, yes it’s hard to find a guy who likes me for ME, and about a dozen other life-issues that every other woman goes through. But when you try to share, you always get the almost eye-roll reaction that I “couldn’t possibly” know how any of that feels. People are people. He isn’t saying he had it harder than anyone else, he is saying that he has the same issues as everyone has, but people don’t ALLOW you that when you’re “good looking”.