From movies like The Outsiders to St. Elmo’s Fire, actor Rob Lowe was the last word 80s heartthrob. His expertise prolonged past being a reasonably face as he has continued to behave in films and tv effectively into his 50s.
But he admits the idea of being an objectified teen idol by no means sat effectively with him. He mused in regards to the previous on the Life is Short with Justin Long podcast, admitting the designation is all the time two-sided.
“Well, there’s two sides of it, really,” he mentioned. “One is just even the conversation of it makes me roll my eyes and go, ‘It’s my f**king face.’ It is, what it is. I don’t know anything different.” He and host Justin Long agree there isn’t any actual approach to tackle the subject with out sounding “somewhat douchey.” But they assault the notion of being objectified particularly as a male within the trade.
Male actors get objectified too
“My take away midlife of all of this is, is objectification,” Lowe mentioned. “I love that you use that word because that really is what it is.” He admits the idea is normally the opposite means round the place it’s males objectifying girls.
“And I don’t know how many guys get objectified, like a walk down the street,” Lowe continued. “It’s like I’ve been the person who’s walked down the street and had the construction workers whistling. It’s like you go it’s flattering right up into the minute, it’s not flattering.”
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He recollects being uncomfortable with the sensation of being objectified when he was youthful. “When I was a teen idol, I was always unsettled by it and I could never really figure out why it was so unsettling,” he admitted. “And it wasn’t until years of therapy and getting sober and doing all the work on myself that I’ve done over the past 30 years that I realized it was the objectification. You realize like it has nothing to do with you.”
Society will all the time have the ‘teen idol’
While Lowe and actors like Matt Dillon and Tom Cruise had been teen idols within the 1980s, he acknowledges that the idea is a mainstay in popular culture.
“You just happen to be the guy who is occupying a place in the Zeitgeist at that moment for every hormonal teenage girl,” he mentioned. “And when they outgrow you or you outgrow it, there’ll be somebody else. There about what’s been going on Donovan and Elvis and Bieber and Leo and it’s going to go on and on and on. And you just happen to have a spot on the conveyor belt and half the time, they don’t even know why they like you.”
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Lowe mentioned his teen idol standing occurred earlier than he made The Outsiders, which finally thrust him into the highlight. “It actually happened even before that because I did a network TV series when I was 15 and there were like three networks then,” he recalled. “And we were the lowest-rated show, like all of television, with horrible ratings, and I looked back at the ratings, and I think we had 50 million people and it was a disaster.”
The collection banked a number of episodes earlier than it rolled out. “They introduced me and the place went so crazy that they instituted a rule that nobody under the age of 20 would be allowed into the audience again,” he mentioned. But, “I’m still the same guy, nothing has changed.”