Rob Lowe worries he's a narcissist, even visits psychiatrist

Apr 8, 2014 at 9:17 a.m. ET

Rob Lowe has been blessed with good looks — so good, in fact, that he questions whether he is a narcissist. And the actor also claims his physical appearance has hindered his career.

Rob Lowe tells the New York Times Magazine how his looks have been debilitating to his career
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There's no denying that Rob Lowe is a really good-looking man, but he may be the person who agrees with that statement the most.

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The 50-year-old actor gave a recent interview with The New York Times Magazine in which he claims he faced discrimination when he was younger because of his looks.

In fact, so much so, that his outer appearance was actually debilitating to his career and did not allow him to adequately show off his range of skills.

"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," the Sex Tape actor said.

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"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 g*****n pretty I wouldn't have taken myself seriously."

And Lowe was not ashamed to admit he has regular dealings with a therapist. Why? To ensure he doesn't become a narcissist, of course.

"I've had years of psychiatry, 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?'" the actor confessed. "The learned men of psychiatry assure me that I meet none of the medical criteria. The fact that we can even ponder the question immediately disqualifies me from being one."

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And whilst Lowe may now be considered one of the hunkiest men in Hollywood, he was not always praised for his physical appearance. In fact, the actor admits to being a bit of a nerd in school.

"My deep dark secret is that I was a nerd in school," he revealed. "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."