‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Actor’s Texas Upbringing Helped Him Nail Character’s Accent

by Suzanne Halliburton

9-1-1: Lone Star is set in Austin. Yet only one major member of the cast who play firefighters, cops and dispatchers sports an authentic Texas accent.

That’s Jim Parrack, who plays Judd. And fans of 9-1-1: Lone Star know that Judd was the only survivor from a firefighting accident that decimated the 126. The accident is shown in flashbacks as the show premiered. And because of that accident, Austin hires Owen Strand (Rob Lowe) to rebuild the 126.

Parrack grew up in Allen, Texas. That’s a fast-growing suburb outside of Dallas. And the town is known nationally for its high school football team. After all, another famous Allen product is Kyler Murray, the Heisman Trophy winner and starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals. Murray led Allen High Eagles to three state titles.

Although Parrack left the state for Hollywood two decades ago, he said he let his Texas roots show when he was auditioning for 9-1-1: Lone Star.

“For the audition, I read the sides, and it seemed very apparent that this was someone who, part of their identity was how proud they were of being a Texan,” Parrack told AssignmentX.com. “So I just had an instinct for that.”

He likely did something similar for his role as Hoyt HBO’s True Blood, which was set in northwestern Louisiana.

On 9-1-1: Lone Star Judd Was Slow to Warm Up to Changes at the 126

On 9-1-1: Lone Star, Parrack’s character, Judd, grew up in a small town between Austin and San Antonio. And about those Texas roots, Parrack said he didn’t mind the audition folks knowing he was from Texas. But he didn’t over-emphasize his background. He just played himself.

“I don’t want to say it’s as deliberate as someone leaning into it,” Parrack said. “Because usually when people lean into something like that, they’re leaning away from something else. I think it’s just somebody who happens to like the way life shaped them. They like where they’re from, they like what they do, they like how they go about the business of living.”

Judd is slow to warm up to Strand, who moves to Austin from New York. As 9-1-1: Lone Star premiered in early 2020, Judd was dealing with extreme loss and a lot of guilt. His wife Grace, who is a dispatcher, helped him get through it. Judd was leery that Strand, deliberately, was forcing too much diverse change. But soon, Judd and Strand were friends. And since then, Judd and Grace are the It couple of the 126.

Fox has yet to name the premiere date for 9-1-1: Lone Star season three. It could be as early as January. Production already has started. The show is a 9-1-1 spinoff and usually followed the next hour. But it’s been a spring season kind of show.

When 9-1-1: Lone Star starts season three, the firefighters and paramedics of the 126 probably will be scattered across the city. The station burned down last spring. Strand and the other firefighters started clearing out a lot of the debris to help with the rebuild. But at the end of the finale, Billy, the city’s new deputy chief, said he was disbanding the 126.