Rob Lowe on Wife Sheryl Berkoff and Two Amazing Sons
Rob Lowe had been married to his wife, Sheryl Berkoff, for thirty years.
The couple has two sons, Matthew Edward Lowe and John Owen Lowe, born in 1993 and 1995, respectively.
In January 2022, the actor sat down with People to talk about his life with Sheryl and their kids.
Rob Lowe and His Wife Fell in Love on Set
Rob and his wife Sheryl first met in 1983 on a blind date. Their second meeting was in 1989 on the set of erotic thriller Bad Influence.
While Rob was in the starring role, his spouse worked as a makeup artist.
During one of their encounters, Sheryl asked the actor how he felt his character should look.
Her question caught Rob's attention, who saw something truly special in her. Rob said his wife went beyond how he looked and truly "saw him."
"I had the feeling that if I was ever going to be able to make it work with anybody, it was Sheryl [Berkoff]," the actor said in his recollection.
However, at the time, Rob was addicted to alcohol and drugs. According to the actor, his addiction would have made his union with Berkoff next to impossible.
"Intimacy and I were not very well acquainted, until very late in my life," Rob told the publication.
Rob Lowe's Life with Wife and Sons
In 1990, the film star found himself in rehab in an attempt to get sober so that he could commit his life to his Sheryl.
The following year, the couple got married, and in the next four years, their family of four lived happily under the same roof.
Reflecting upon his sobriety of nearly thirty-two years, he claimed he had loved every minute of his life post addiction.
For his kids, he was "super ready" to coach Little League, carve pumpkins on Halloween, read books and serve "hot lunch on Wednesdays."
The family man's commitment was strongly felt when he worked on the drama series The West Wing from 1999 to 2003.
Rob Lowe with his wife Sheryl Berkoff at an event in Montecito, California. (Photo Credit: Instagram)
In between those years, he commuted eighty-two miles between his home in Santa Barbara and his work location in Los Angeles every day so that he could see his family and kiss his sons at bedtime.
Rob said his commitment was of value, as they knew he was always there for them.
The movie star also mentioned how Sheryl had been a great mother, and he still thinks she's the "hottest, sexiest, most beautiful, insane, complicated, and entertaining person."
Rob Lowe Helped One of His Sons Overcome Addiction
While Rob had a strong bond with his sons, his closeness with his youngest son, John, grew even more after he struggled with substance abuse during his late teens and early college years.
Reflecting upon his dad's support, John said Lowe was always there for him on the most personal level possible.
Speaking to People, Rob's youngest son credited his father as one of the reasons, if not the main reason, for regaining his sobriety and living a healthy lifestyle.
Rob's experience as a former substance addict came in handy who played a "majorly instrumental" role in John's road to sobriety.
"He never gave up on me," he said of his father, who helped him take his first-year chip and spoke alongside him at a twelve-step meeting in front of two hundred people.
John recalled the moment, calling it one of the most profound experiences of his life.
Rob's sons, John and Matthew, currently live together in Los Angeles. They are working as a TV writer and Lawyer, respectively.