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Rob Lowe says he's glad he declined the role of Dr. Derek Shepherd on Grey's Anatomy, which eventually went to Patrick Dempsey. “Me in that part isn't as interestin­g as Patrick in that part,” he told Variety. “If it'd been me (fans) wouldn't have called me `McDreamy.' They would have called me Rob Lowe. Had I done Grey's, I wouldn't have been in Parks and Recreation. That alone for me is enough.” Lowe also spoke about his 30-year battle with sobriety. “Nothing can make you get sober except you wanting to do it. The threat of losing a marriage, losing a job, incarcerat­ion — you name the threat, it will not be enough to do it. It's got to be in you.” “And the only way to stay in recovery is to be honest with yourself on a minute-byminute basis. No secrets, no double life. And you have to get real.”

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