‘9-1-1: Lone Star’: How Show Finally Gave Rob Lowe a Chance to Work with Someone He Admires

by Megan Molseed

The story of how “9-1-1: Lone Star” actor and longtime movie star Rob Lowe landed the role, playing firefighter Owen Strand on the popular television series goes way back to the beginning of another show, FX’s “Nip Tuck.”

Long before “9-1-1: Lone Star” was ever developed, one of the show’s writers, Ryan Murphy, wrote a script about two suave and highly successful plastic surgeons and business partners in South Beach. The show, “Nip/Tuck” was an intriguing character study that dove into the dark worlds of the surgeons as well as their patients.

The show starred Julian McMahon and Dylan Walsh. The unique FX drama enjoyed 100 successful episodes during its run. However, the show almost had a different star, Rob Lowe. However, through a lack of communication, Lowe never had the opportunity to try for the role.

“Ryan Murphy wrote “Nip/Tuck” for me,” Rob Lowe explained in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

An Opportunity Lowe Never Knew He Had

“My agents never gave it to me,” the actor continued with a laugh. “How about them apples?”

During the conversation, the “9-1-1” actor recalled a discussion he had with the “Nip/Tuck” writers as they both realized that Lowe missed out on a potential opportunity to star in the long-running cable channel series.

“I had lunch with him and told him how much I loved “Nip/Tuck” and he was horrified as well,” said Lowe.

“It’s one of the great Hollywood stories!” the “9-1-1: Lone Star” actor continued, adding that since that fateful conversation, the team has been on the lookout to find another project to work on together.

“For 15 years, we’ve been trying to find something [to do] together,” said Lowe. “But I’ve always been unavailable for the most part.”

Then, when Ryan Murphy introduced Rob Lowe to the role of Owen Strand role on “9-1-1,” the actor knew it was the perfect opportunity.

“I’m a big fan of what he, Brad [Falchuk], and Tim [Minear] did with the genre,” the actor said of the script.

“9-1-1: Lone Star” Is A Big Success

“I love a good procedural, but that kind of special sauce they throw on it makes it not only really interesting to watch but really, really interesting as an actor,” Lowe added. “In any given episode, I’m playing comedy, I’m playing a leading man, I’m playing action, and I’m playing really raw emotion.”

The spin-off of the popular drama “9-1-1,” “9-1-1: Lone Star” stars Rob Lowe as firefighter Owen Strand. Strand and his son T.K. (Ronen Rubenstein) who is also a firefighter, have moved to the Lonestar state after serving on the fire department in New York City for many years.

The popular Fox drama has already had two successful season runs. A third season is set to premiere in the coming months.

“You just don’t get many opportunities as an actor to go to the kind of places that you can in Ryan, Tim, and Brad’s shows,” Lowe said of the opportunity to portray Owen Strand on “9-1-1: Lone Star.”