Actor Robe Lowe credits Steve Tyler for helping him stay sober at a tough time in his life.
While promoting his Fox show 911: Lone Star, Lowe, who has been sober for 30 years, told reporters at the Television Critics Association, “When I first got sober, [I thought], ‘My life is over. The fun is done. I’m not going to be cool.’”
But he received an unexpected source of encouragement.
“I was probably sober two or three weeks maybe and I got a phone call from Steven Tyler, who I did not know,” the 55-year-old actor continued. “He called me and said, ‘I heard you’re in recovery and I just wanted to say hey, you’re going to do great.’ I thought, ‘If it’s good enough for Steven Tyler, it’s good enough for me.’
“He’s a big part of who I am today.”
For Lowe, the 71-year-old Tyler showed him that he could still have fun without having to resort to using drugs and alcohol and that inspired Lowe to follow suit.
“I was so excited that I could still be cool and not have to be the life of the party,” Lowe told PEOPLE. “And that there was a great club of people in the world who have had fun, killed it, been there done and were willing and able to turn a new page and have an even better life. That’s actually more fun and more exciting.”
This is why having had the opportunity to work with Tyler’s daughter Liv on the set of 9-1-1: Lone Star meant a lot to Lowe.
“Every time I look at Liv, it makes my heart happy,” he said.
Lowe’s story emphasizes the importance of extending any form of support to those who are struggling with emotional and mental issues. There are a lot of ordinary people who are facing these challenges but these problems are only magnified among celebrities who often face pressure to perform well and fit a certain role in society even if they are ill-suited to that role.