‘9-1-1: Lone Star’: Why Rob Lowe Takes ‘Pride’ in Portraying First Responders

by Chase Thomas

Rob Lowe, star of 9-1-1: Lone Star, is one of the biggest television stars over the last three decades. Lately, folks may recognize him more for his comedic genius, like in Parks & Recreation, for instance, or Grinder, the hilarious FOX show that ended far too quickly. Lowe has changed gears, though, in the FOX drama. However, actor Rob Lowe says he takes ‘pride’ in portraying first responders on the program.

Lowe, in a new video hyping up the newest season of the show heading into 2022, cited the first responders as the “real heroes” as a big reason why he takes such pride portraying them in 9-1-1: Lone Star.

Rob Lowe on ‘9-1-1′: Lone Star’

Lowe taking this role on this particular show was an interesting one. It was a big leap of faith by Lowe, but it is one that has ultimately paid off for him. However, one has to wonder how much studying he had to do to pull off this character.

Rob Lowe told EW, “Unfortunately, California has had so many wildfires and floods. And my home area of Santa Barbara has really been through it. Through that, I’ve not only had so many firsthand experiences with losing people in my community, I’ve also become very, very close with the [firefighters] in that area. And I did some training down here with the L.A. Fire Department. I even hosted a bunch of them [at my home] during the fires.”

Lowe did his homework, but he was also around this sort of world first-hand in California. He’s really ingrained himself in this world, which fans of the show love to see.

Rob Lowe continued, “There’s always somebody on set to tell you what equipment you would use and what you would wear. But for me, the most important thing is, What makes someone want to do that job? What do they love about it? What are the pitfalls? What are their fears? I’m lucky to have actual friends to rely on for that sort of stuff.”

The answers are there for Lowe, but he just has to ask.

What’s Next For Him?

Lowe concludes about producing, “I’ve just come off of writing, directing and starring in a remake of The Bad Seed and I’ve produced a bunch of stuff over the course of my career. I find that I get bored a lot as an actor. I’ve been doing it a long time and I love it, but I have more clubs in my bag than just being an actor and if I don’t get to use them — if I don’t get to help write and pitch stories and sort of build the world I’m going to live in — then I’m not as invested in it as I would like to be.”

He wants to expand. He wants to be challenged in different ways. It makes sense for Rob Lowe.

You can watch 9-1-1: Lone Star on FOX.