Rob Lowe Fronts Manhattan's Philanthropy Issue

Posted Thursday November 28, 2013 12:28 PM GMT

Stepping off the set of his hit television series “Parks and Recreations,” Rob Lowe scored the cover spot of Manhattan magazine’s Philanthropy issue.

While posing in designer duds from Louis Vuitton and Oliver Peoples for the Brian Bowen Smith-shot spread, the 49-year-old actor chatted up his lifelong friends Charlie Sheen and Sean Penn along with sharing details about learning from his life's struggles.

Check out a few highlights from Mr. Lowe’s Q&A session below. For more, be sure to visit Manhattan!

On his acting career:
“My family tells me I always had it. I’ve always been the person who jumps off the rock into the lake while hoping the water’s deep enough and no rocks are right beneath the surface. But even if you get banged up, which is never fun, it’s a win-win: Either it works out great, or you learn something for the next time. Lately I’ve been taking parts I have no idea about – and that’s the rush. The challenge [of ‘Killing Kennedy’] was apparent off the bat.”

On his tough life lessons:
“All my life choices since are based on being in recovery. I learned to focus on what’s real rather than imagined; on not letting feelings drive the bus; on being courageous and honest; on putting my total effort into something and not worrying about the result. My whole world view was infused.”

On his pals Charlie and Sean growing up:
“We were not the popular guys, the surfers and beach boys; we were these quirky kids with offbeat interests.”

Photo Credit: Brian Bowen Smith for Manhattan

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