April 28th, 2011
03:52 PM ET
It’s been more than 20 years since Rob Lowe was traipsing about as a member of the “Brat Pack” – a name for his then-circle of celeb friends that the 47-year-old actor now heartily accepts – and the road to fame has changed.
Back in his day, Lowe told Oprah Winfrey on her show Thursday, when one’s sex tape caught the attention of the press, it wasn’t a good thing.
And the “Parks and Recreation” star should know: he was at the forefront of sex tape leaks, thanks to a video of the actor and two young women, one of whom was 16, making headlines back in 1989.
“Let me just say this: Sometimes being a trailblazer is highly overrated,” Lowe joked with Winfrey about the infamous incident. But in all seriousness, he went on, he had no idea that one of the tape’s participants was so young. The Atlanta nightclub where he met the women had been strict about carding him, even as a famous face, so he assumed everyone was of age.
“I found out [she was 16] a little too late,” Lowe said. “I [was] 22-years-old, and there are two girls who are like, ‘hey, bring it.”
But these days, “people do sex tapes to help their careers. There’s a lawyer [that] everyone knows… you do a sex tape, and the lawyer sells it and you get paid.”
The concept of a celebrity seeking treatment in rehab has also evolved since Lowe spent time being treated post-Brat Pack.
“I love rehab; I highly recommend it. It was like going to college to get sober,” he told Winfrey. “To me rehab is serious business for serious people. It’s not a place you go for publicity or to escape a law or to rehabilitate your career, which unfortunately is what it’s become.”
Lowe’s friend for years, Charlie Sheen, doesn’t share the sentiment, however.
“I’ve known Charlie since I was 13. I love him, and he and I agree to disagree on sobriety,” Lowe said. “I’m like dude, we have a chair for you… over here in the anonymous group, but he doesn’t want to do it.”
Sheen “has always been an iconoclast, a character, full of charisma and wild,” Lowe went on. “He’s letting it all loose – he’s going full throttle with what he’s been keeping inside.”
As with his other Brat Pack pals, Lowe and Sheen do keep in touch, although its primarily via text. “We haven’t talked in a while,” Lowe told Winfrey. But everything you’re hearing about Sheen lately?
“Honestly, it really is Charlie being Charlie,” Lowe said.
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