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Rob Lowe Talks Saving Wildlife, Surfing & His ‘Bizarre’ Roles

Wed, July 31, 2013 12:58pm EDT by Add first Comment
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Rob Lowe wants you to know he’s not just an actor, he’s a ‘water man.’ When he’s not on your television screen, he’s lit-rally trying to save all the wild animals.

You may think you know Rob Lowe as just the lovable and hilarious Chris Traeger on Parks and Recreation, but this actor has a lot more on his plate. In between his TV gigs and various other roles, Rob makes time for a cause he has a great passion for: wildlife conservation. The actor talked to EXCLUSIVELY about his animal efforts, his form of relaxation, and upcoming roles!

Rob Lowe In ‘The Big Picture’ — Actor Tackles Wildlife Conservation

Rob is teaming up with Dawn Saves Wildlife and narrating a 7-part documentary called The Big Picture that highlights how marine mammals are impacted by deadly environmental hazards like oil as well as the volunteers who spend their days rescuing these animals.

The 49-year-old actor talked to about what peaked his interest in this important cause.

I’m a water man, you know. I love the ocean. I’m a surfer. I’m a fisherman. I’m in the water most days of my life and I live on the ocean. So, the ocean and environment is really important to me and when Dawn came to me to help them with their 40 year commitment to wildlife preservation, it felt like a really good fit and a chance to be involved in something that I’ve been interested in my whole life.

You can watch the entire 7-part documentary on

Not Just Your Average Surfer Dude

Rob is an avid surfer, so it’s no surprise that these marine animals are so near and dear to his heart. Rob opened up about his life as a “water man” and why he always makes time for the ocean.

Being in the water or on the water, I don’t know if it’s the Pisces in me, but inevitably when I come out of the water I feel rejuvenated and whatever may have been bothering me before I entered the water doesn’t seem like a big deal anymore.

Rob Talks His Diverse Roles

The actor has been consistently showing his wide range of acting skill over the years. We fell in love with him on The West Wing, then Brothers & Sisters, and now Parks and Recreation. He completely shocked us as the crazy scary Dr. Jack Startz in HBO’s Behind the Candelabra.

Rob chatted with about what gravitates him to certain roles even as wild as they may seem.

It’s not about the size of the part and that’s been underlined for me once again with the success of Behind the Candelabra. It’s a supporting role but the impact that that character has had on people just proved that old adage that “there are no small parts, only small actors.

The actor is also taking on late President John F. Kennedy in the National Geographic special Killing Kennedy. Rob said that to be able to go back and forth between “bizarre, far edge of my range character in the Candelabra to Kennedy is what an actor does.”

What do YOU think about Rob’s involvement in Dawn Saves Wildlife, HollywoodLifers? Are you excited for Rob to take on JFK? Let us know what you think!

WATCH: Rob Lowe Narrates Dawn Saves Wildlife Documentary

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