Rob Lowe is no stranger to recovery. And after 30 years, he revealed how Steven Tyler played a major role in helping him get sober.
In his new Fox drama 9-1-1: Lone Star, the 55-year-old stars alongside Liv Tyler. During a Television Critics Association panel on Tuesday, the star opened up about how he owes a debt of gratitude to her father, Steven Tyler.
“I Thought, My Life Is Over.”
“When I first got sober, I thought, my life is over. My fun is done, and I’m not going to be cool anymore. I came home when I was probably sober two or three weeks,” Lowe said in an interview, with People. “I got a call from Steven Tyler, who I did not know. He called to say ‘I heard you are in recovery and I just wanted to say hey, I’m thinking of you dude.’ If it’s good enough for f—ing Steven Tyler, it’s good enough for me.”
Fairly outspoken about his addiction, the actor struggled with alcoholism in the late 80s and 90s after finding success in Hollywood. Now sober for over thirty years, the actor gets especially candid about going to rehab and his party days in his memoir, “Stories I Only Tell My Friends.”
“I was so excited that I could still be cool and not have to be the life of the party,” Lowe said in an interview, “And that there was a great club of people in the world who have had fun, killed it, been there done that, and were willing and able to turn a new page and have an even better life. That’s actually more fun and more exciting.”
An Inspiration For Many
Tyler has struggled with his own sobriety for years, eventually being intervened on by his management team and band in the late 80s. Now over nine years sober, it appears he remains an inspiration for many.
“There was a moment in ’88 where management and the band pulled an intervention on me,” Tyler said in a December interview. “They thought, ‘Get the lead singer sober, and all our problems would be over.’ So, I got sober, and you know it took me many years to get over the anger of them sending me to rehab while they went on vacation. But today because of that moment — I am grateful and owe a thanks to them for my sobriety.”
In Lowe’s new show, 9-1-1: Lone Star, he plays a lone survivor of a Manhattan firehouse during 9/11. He takes over a firehouse in Texas where he works alongside chief paramedic Michelle Blake, played by Liv Tyler.
“He’s a big part of who I am today,” concluded Lowe of Tyler.