‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Actor Rob Lowe Recounts the Time He Met a Secretary of State

by Taylor Cunningham
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Former The West Wing and current 9-1-1: Lone Star actor Rob Lowe finally explained the truth about his run-in with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

According to internet rumors, Madeleine Albright once yelled at the cast and crew of The West Wing because they were having a late-night party that was entirely too loud. And while she was there, she chastised the writers for not having a secretary of state character on the series.

In a recent interview, Rob Lowe confirmed those rumors. But he admitted that they’re a little (or a lot) inflated.

“Madeleine Albright absolutely came to the set, very very late,” Lowe told Steve Evans on the YouTube Hot Ones series.

But unlike the stories suggest, Albright didn’t visit the cast because she was upset about their late-night hijinks. And she also didn’t mention the fact that the show was missing a secretary of state character. She was simply a fan of the series.

“We were shooting at the [John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts]. She wanted to meet everybody.”

‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Actor Rob Lowe Had an Intimidating Encounter with Bill Clinton’s National Securty Advisor

As for the rumors about the missing character—those came from a run-in that Lowe had with the National Security Advisor. 

“I was in the White House with Bill Clinton and was summoned to the national security director’s office, who was a really gnarly, tough, bare-knuckle dude named Sandy Berger,” he shared.

“Bare-Knuckled” Berger worked in the White House from 1997 to 2001.

The Parks and Recreation alum told Evans that Berger snapped his finger and told him “sit down.” Lowe admitted that he was instantly intimidated by the National Security Advisor, and he was certain he was in trouble for something.

“Oh, I’m f—–,” he recalled thinking. “This has got to be about, like, my taxes.”

But luckily, Berger was just another fan of The West Wing. And he wanted to know why Rob Lowe’s fictional White House didn’t have proper security.

“He was like, ‘Why isn’t there a national security advisor on your show?'” the 57-year-old actor said. “And I was like, ‘This is what this guy’s thinking about in the middle of the day?'” 

NBC’s The West Wing ran from 1999 to 2006. And Lowe said his time and memories with the series feel “surreal” today.

Last year, the cast reunited to encourage fans to vote in the 2020 presidential election. The 9-1-1: Lone Star celebrity said he felt strange ahead of the meet-up because he filmed the series “eons ago.” But once he was with his old co-stars, he was completely at ease.

“When the cameras rolled, and it was just [West Wing costar] Martin Sheen and I sitting down as Sam and President Bartlet, it felt like it was yesterday,” he said. “And everybody was as good as I remembered them. It was like a great, classic rock band that hadn’t lost a step.”