Chad Lowe is opening up about his decision to leave his NBC Sitcom, Spencer, when I was only 15 years old. The actor told The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk at the last episode of At home with the Creative Coalition podcast, I had no idea “how big it was” to get out of a show at the time.
“I am a 14 year old boy turning 15, who thinks he is an adult, in an adult world making money like the face of a show that is considered moderate success. It was too much, too much, too fast for me. I can say that now, in hindsight, at age 52, I can say that is what was happening, “Lowe admitted. “At the time, I didn’t realize it. You know, my mother, who was kind of laissez-faire about my adventures as an actress, told me, ‘Well, if you’re not happy, don’t do it anymore.’ So I left that show … At the time I had no idea how big it was [to walk off a show]. Now I recognize how big it was. At the time, I had no idea. I ended up being sued by NBC. “
Lowe went on to reveal that he has never discussed his departure from Spencer and the consequences that followed.
“You know, I’ve never actually talked about this. It’s a part of my life that I’ve never really talked about for various reasons. One, I haven’t been able to come to terms with it. For a long time, it’s been really difficult for me, knowing that I voluntarily walked away from my own comedy, my own TV show. It was called “Spencer” and I played Spencer. I know there are a lot of ramifications to that. I mean, at the time, I’m a kid, so I’m selfish. I am selfish and self-centered. I am 14 years old and I do not have the guidance of parents, “said the actor reflecting on that moment. in their life.
Lowe went on to say that he saw a dark road ahead of him if he continued on the show. “At that moment, I knew in me, in a deep part of me, I knew that I was on a very bad path being the leader of a sitcom at that age and it was not going to take me down a very healthy path,” he added. he said. “Enough to have the courage to walk away and opt out of my contract. I was, of course, sued and there was actually a summary judgment on the lawsuit due to a technicality in the way the contract was drafted.”
Lowe was told he would never work again after leaving the NBC sitcom, but he has since starred in movies like Unfaithful and successful programs, ER, Entourage, Supergirl and many more.
“I remember thinking, literally, that the threats were: ‘You will never work again. You will never be an actor again.’ And I remember thinking, ‘Okay. If this is what it means, if my choice is never to act again. or continue in this comedy, well then I’ll never act again, ‘”Lowe recalled.
Just eight months later, Lowe was back on stage in a high school play that reminded him of why he started acting in the first place.
“I did a play about eight months later, I was in high school and I got a play, a play called Blue denim… It reminded me of my love of acting and the kind of acting I wanted to do. So that reignited the spark, “he said.” I think I had a manager, my manager stayed with me, I had the same manager. And he said, ‘Look, we can try to start introducing you again for other opportunities and other jobs that come up.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, let’s go for it.’
In addition to his long list of acting credits, Lowe won an Emmy for taking on the groundbreaking role of an HIV positive character on the late ’80s series. Life goes on. While she called it her “most satisfying” role she has ever played, she missed the awards show and now lists it as one of her biggest regrets.
“I was nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor [in Life Goes On] And I ended up winning the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor, but I wasn’t there at the Emmys. There’s another regret, “Lowe revealed.” Because I’m a serious actor, because I don’t act to win awards. So that’s what I’m thinking. Now remember, Martin Sheen, being my mentor, removed your name from consideration when he starred in ‘Apocalypse Now’. If he were ever to be nominated again, God willing, he would be the first person in line. “