Rob Lowe stays young with sleep, diet, a daily gratitude list

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After nearly 45 years in Hollywood, 59-year-old Rob Lowe somehow looks young enough to have walked off the set of 1985’s St. Elmo’s Fire while carrying a busy work schedule to rival any of his co-stars from the Brat Pack.

Lowe has a top podcast, Literally! With Rob Lowe,” while splitting time between roles as Captain Owen Strand on Fox’s “9-1-1: Lone Star” (Season 5 coming this fall) and as tech billionaire Ellis Dragon on the Netflix workplace comedy series ” Unstable” (season 2 coming this fall). To wrap up his current run, Lowe returns to his eternal good looks as host and producer of “The Floor.” The Fox game show (airs Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. EST/PST) features contestants battling trivia for control of squares on a giant LED board.

Lowe shares the essentials of surviving in Hollywood—while looking damn good doing it.

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Actor Rob Lowe’s “gratitude list” is part of his daily morning routine

Actor Rob Lowe says he starts each day with a “gratitude list” of things he’s grateful for, along with a morning prayer.

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Sleep is essential for The Floor host Rob Lowe — even in his Cadillac Escalade

Science backs it up: Good sleep is vital to health. Lowe cites his shut-eye schedule as crucial to maintaining his fresh appearance.

“I get tons of sleep. Like an embarrassing amount,” says Lowe, who declined to specify the number. “I don’t want people to think there’s anything wrong with me. It’s a lot of sleep, not 12 hours. But if there’s ever 12 (hours) I’m supposed to have, I’ll take it.”

The rest is so necessary that Lowe’s black Cadillac Escalade SUV serves as both transportation and sanctuary between projects.

“The seats recline all the way, so I can sleep between sets.

“I’ve got it down to a science. The eye mask, the Bose noise canceling headphones. And I’m gone.’

Is too much sleep a bad thing? Dakota Johnson says she sleeps up to 2 hours a night.

Rob Lowe’s diet involves cutting carbs

Lowe began to learn in her 30s that she couldn’t eat what she used to while staying in shape. That’s why he embraced the low-carb, high-protein Atkins diet.

“I’ve been doing it ever since,” says Lowe, who has been an Atkins brand spokesperson since 2018. “It makes a big difference. You are only as good as what you eat.”

It misses the carb-filled pleasures.

“It makes me nervous. Trust me, I’d love to eat nothing but pies and milkshakes. And I’d love to eat like a 15-year-old. But I can’t.”

Lowe, who celebrated 33 years of sobriety in May, is grateful to the people who put him on the path of his “grateful journey” in life. And his health improves by avoiding alcohol.

“I haven’t had a drink in 33 years. It’s a huge thing, even irreversible,” says Lowe. “When you think about the calories and the bloat you’re missing out on. This just adds up. So that’s super helpful.”

Lowe needs his “crazy” hair to get into his “Unstable” character

Lowe has a strange method of getting into the role of his “Unstable” tech titan Ellis Dragon alongside his son John Owen Lowe. The actor slowly, imperceptibly grew into his work while portraying his clean-cut firefighter in “9-1-1 Lone Star.” By the end, Lowe was ready to step into the hairstyle known as ‘The Ellis’, which is crucial to his performance.

“I literally have to plan my hair growth,” Lowe says. “I’m so committed that I have this hair window and I have to do it. I don’t want to wear a wig. I need crazy hair.’

It takes some tactical hair planning, but it’s worth it.

“That (‘Unsteady’) hair is like Bradley Cooper’s in ‘Maestro’.”

Rob Lowe keeps a positive outlook with a daily gratitude list

Lowe begins each day with a prayer and a gratitude list to remind herself of life’s many blessings. Some items never change in the list.

“It’s my family, our health, my sobriety,” Lowe says. “Then I get into my four dogs (Daisy, Oscar, Owen and Bella) and the ability to do work that I love. And I try to continue the list as long as possible. Some days it’s longer, other days it’s shorter.”

Find the right partner (but roses help when you’re wrong)

Lowe has been married to Cheryl Berkoff for 31 years. That’s an impressive feat anywhere, but especially in Hollywood. The key starts at the top: choosing the right partner.

“This thing is won and lost right there,” Lowe says. “Sheryl has always been and always will be my best friend. No matter what. There are good days and bad days. But no matter what, you chose your best friend.”

Whatever happens in life and Hollywood, Berkoff is his rock.

“It’s been through thick and thin. But at the end of the day, you hope for much thicker ones. We were lucky to have that.”

When Low finds himself “in the doghouse” at home, he reaches for a poignant card or long-stemmed red roses.

“It’s so simple, but flowers work. That’s why they’re cliches. Because they work.”

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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