‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Actor Rob Lowe Reflects on His ’80’s Style’ Double-Date with Tom Cruise in Throwback Pic

by Anna Dunn
L-R: Actors Rob Lowe, Melissa Gilbert, Michelle Meyrink and Tom Cruise smile while attending a screening of the telefilm 'In The Custody oif Strangers' at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre, Beverly Hills, California, April 22, 1982. (Photo by Fotos International/Getty Images)

In a new pic, 9-1-1: Lone Star actor Rob Lowe reflects on his “80’s style” double date with Tom Cruise in an old picture. In the picture, Rob Lowe is with Little House on The Prairie star Melissa Gilbert, who he was dating at the time.

“Double date 1980s style! I think this might’ve been the premiere of “The World According to Garp,” the actor wrote in the caption. At the time, Tom Cruise was dating Michelle Meyrink.

Before his current work on 9-1-1 Lone Star, Lowe amassed a major career for himself spanning back decades. He got his start as an actor at only 15 years old on ABC’s sitcom, A New Kind of Family. After appearing in multiple TV shows in the 80s, Lowe became something of a teen idol, running with the brat pack in films like The Outsiders, Oxford Blues, About Last Night, and Square Dance.

His career hit a lull in the 90s, only to hit a major resurgence with his appearance on The West Wing in the early 2000s. Then, he went on to star as the absolutely hilarious Chris Traeger on Parks & Recreation, introducing him to a new generation of TV watchers in the process.

Now, Lowe stars as Owen Strand on 9-1-1 Lone Star, which has been critically appraised since its premiere last year.

An Important Season 3 Episode on ‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Was Originally intended For Season 1

When it comes to 9-1-1: Lone Star, the timeline seems consistent. So it’s interesting to learn that one season 3 episode was actually supposed to airway earlier on in the series. The upcoming episode, which has yet to air, will show Owen Strand on the morning of 9/11. It’s the morning that’s haunted strand throughout the course of the series.

“We do our ‘Begins’ episodes in the [‘9-1-1’] franchise, and we’re going to do Owen next year, and it’s going to take place on the morning of 9/11,” Lowe told TheWrap. But why the delay?

“We actually wrote the script in Season 1, and it was just too big for us to bite off and chew. And then in Season 2, we did the crossover instead,” he said.

However, that delay actually leads to something really important. Now, the episode is set to air around the 20-year mark of the attacks. (Today is the actual anniversary, but season 3 will premiere later in the year).

“His story, which is all based on real events of 9/11 and is going to be just beyond belief. And I think it’s important to do because it’s going to coincide with the 20th anniversary of 9/11,” Lowe continued.

9-1-1: Lone Star doesn’t have a premiere date yet. Unlike a lot of shows, it’s not airing early in the fall months. According to Good Housekeeping, the series will premiere in midseason. That likely means a December or January start date.