An Interview with Rob Lowe

BATD ON Oct 22, 2009 AT 1:57 pm

Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe

With season three of Brothers & Sisters about to be released on DVD, we caught up with star Rob Lowe, read on as he divulges more about the show, his family life and future.

What do you enjoy the most about your work on Brothers & Sisters?
My favorite part is my character. I love my character – and that’s a good thing because when you think about the hours we put into the show, I spend more time playing this character than being myself. It’s very rare in today’s media that you see a real man. They can be infantilized. They’re basically glorified teenagers in men’s bodies, or they’re completely feminized and they’re there as a whipping boy for a woman.

Are you glad the show portrays a just-married couple with a lot of problems? It feels much more real than the ‘happily ever after’ couples audiences usually see on television and in movies… 
I do like that. I honestly believe that this is a very realistic portrayal of being married. Mind you, sometimes it feels like we play Robert and Kitty’s relationship like they’ve been together for 10 years. Calista and I are both in long-term, comfortable relationships in our personal lives and that sometimes rubs off on our characters. I think we need to add some more of that first-year magic and passion to their relationship. That’s something we’re going to work on.

Rob on set with Calista

Rob on set with Calista

There are a lot of emotional storylines in season three. Do you find it difficult to switch off at the end of the day and not take these emotions home with you?
Usually, I don’t – but I was really bummed out during the heart attack scenes in season three. It really affected me when I had to shoot my character falling down like that. It made me sad. Usually I’m fine at leaving work behind when I leave the studio, but that was tough.

Are you a family man? 
Very much so. There was a time in my life where I wouldn’t think twice about going to Afghanistan or anywhere to shoot a movie for six months. But today, I’m not 20 anymore. I’ve got a very different life. I love my boys, I love my wife and I love my life. I want to find ways to make it work, to lead the life I want, so I try to find balance.

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