Rob Lowe may have played a liberal on “The West Wing” — but he still has friends across the aisle.
The 56-year-old actor has been friends with conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for years, he revealed during an appearance on the podcast “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend” earlier this month.
The “Parks and Recreation” star made the admission while discussing his own upcoming podcast, and how he would be bringing on people who he had formed deep friendships with over the course of his life and career.
O’Brien asked the actor to name someone people would be surprised to learn he is friends with.
“Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas,” Lowe replied.
Lowe, who currently stars on Fox’s “9-1-1: Lone Star,” then jokingly claimed O’Brien’s eye vein had “popped” in response, before adding, “But he’s a guy people go, ‘You know him?’”
“I do know him,” he continued.
Lowe said he met Thomas, one of the Court’s most conservative justices, during a ceremony at the Supreme Court when he was inducted into the Horatio Alger Society, a nonprofit organization providing scholarships to low-income students.
“I got inducted into the Horatio Alger Society a couple years ago,” he said, “It’s a very exclusive, very amazing society that provides scholarships for kids who come from just terrible, terrible backgrounds, but they are the best and the brightest in their classes. And the society of people in it are pretty studly, he’s one of them. So that’s how we met.”
Lowe said Thomas placed a medal on him at the ceremony
“The reason I bring it up is he’s one of those people who occupies such a perception in people’s minds and then you meet him and he’s like, ‘If you ever need anything, call my number. This is my cellphone,’” the soon-to-be podcast host remarked of 71-year-old Thomas’ friendliness.
“My son Matthew was going to law school, so I had some ideas about clerking and things like that, so I call this cellphone and he answers it.”
“And you’re like, ‘Jeez, shouldn’t there be, like, a vetting process?’” Lowe joked of how easily he got through to the justice on his personal number.
The two spoke for 45 minutes, according to Lowe, during which time Thomas gave him advice on what his son should do regarding law school and clerking.
Lowe said the two had kept in touch ever since.
A spokesperson for Thomas could not immediately be reached by The Post. A Supreme Court representative did not return a request for comment.
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