Rob Lowe's 'Star Trek' Pot Pipe Admission

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Believe it or not, Rob Lowe wasn’t exactly a cool kid.

Despite his Brat Pack status, the blue-eyed star has revealed he went to great lengths to fit in during his junior high years in Southern California – but even his attempts at popularity were tainted with a bit of geek.

“In 1976, every 7th grader smoked weed like Bob Marley, so I tried to fit in,” the actor recalled to Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Thursday’s Access Hollywood Live. “So I bought a little pipe because it looked like a ‘Star Trek’ phaser, then I used it more as a phaser, because I never did pot – that was never my thing.

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“But people thought I was cool because I had a pot pipe,” he continued with a laugh. “That’s how you fit in in Point Dume in 1976 in Malibu.”

The “Parks and Recreation” star has a new memoir out, “Love Life,” full of anecdotes and details from the 50-year-old’s storied life – some poignant and emotional, like the story of how he cried while dropping his oldest son off at college for the first time.

“I write to try to understand myself oftentimes,” Rob explained, adding that getting his sadness over missing his son down on paper helped him realize it was a healthy experience.

So what will he do when he has to take his second son to college and he and his wife are faced with the dreaded empty nest syndrome?

“This is gonna be when I start drinking heavily and bird watching!” he joked.

“Love Life” is available in stores now.

-- Erin O’Sullivan

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