Rob Lowe admits Zac Efron “reminds me a little of myself when I was younger”.
The 49-year-old actor fought a battle with alcohol in his younger years which ended when he entered rehab.
Earlier this year Rob celebrated 23 years sober, and has now publicly defended Zac, who has allegedly twice entered rehab this year for an addiction to cocaine.
“He reminds me a little bit of myself when I was younger, and he’s a great friend to my boys as well. Anytime I can share my experiences with people, I like to do it,” Rob told Maria Menounos on Extra.
“He’s a smart, really talented guy, big future. He’s doing great. He’s been a good addition in my life.”
Rob was known for his excessive partying in the 1980s, when he and other young actors of the time were dubbed The Brat Pack.
Since then Rob has shed his wild image, concentrating more on his TV and film roles and is about to star as John F. Kennedy in the TV movie Killing Kennedy.
“I spent a lot of time listening to his voice, mostly his private phone calls… You have to find things that no one has found in the voice,” he said of the process he went through to portray Kennedy.
“It’s a little bit like watching Titanic. You know how it ends, and yet you cannot believe it’s going to end the way it ends. You’re on the edge of your seat. The other thing that moved me is what a love story it is.”
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