‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Actor Ronen Rubinstein Explains Why He’s ‘Mind-Blown’ at Fan’s Response to Show

by Suzanne Halliburton

Ronen Rubinstein, who plays a firefighter turned paramedic on 9-1-1: Lone Star, acknowledges that the series is so much more than a typical network procedural about cops and firemen.

He plays T.K. Strand, otherwise known as Rob Lowe’s TV son. Lowe is a fire captain on 9-1-1: Lone Star.

In the series debut, T.K. overdoses but is rescued by his father. We find out it was caused, in part, by a bad breakup between T.K. and his boyfriend. The Strands decide to pick up their lives in New York and move to Austin, Tx.

T.K. now is dating an Austin policeman named Carlos Reyes (Rafael Silva). And their relationship is very much a part of 9-1-1: Lone Star. In fact, one episode dealt with how Carlos didn’t want to tell his father, who was a Texas Ranger, that he was dating T.K. Fans of the show call them “Tarlos.”

Earlier this month, Rubinstein did an interview with Digital Spy to talk about the show’s impact in the LGBTQ+ community.

“I’m sort of just mind-blown as to how many people all over the world needed to see something like this, on a much deeper level,” Rubinstein said. “Not just for entertainment, but also personally, to be heard and seen and understood.

“And these are kids I’m talking about,” he said. “Very, very young people. I mean, this sounds crazy, but it could really change their lives. For a lot of them, it is changing their lives. I know a lot of them are coming from places where it’s either illegal to be LGBTQ+, or it’s just completely not accepted. And the fact that a single character or a couple on a television show can help – I think that’s the most important thing we can do as entertainers, and as actors, and as creatives overall.”

Show Is a Go for Third Season. It Will Be Back in 2022

Fox picked up 9-1-1: Lone Star for a third season. But it won’t start until 2022. No premiere date has been set, as yet.

Ryan Murphy is one of the show’s creators. And he’s known for inclusive story-telling. 9-1-1: Lone Star is a prime example. As the show opens, we learn that Rob Lowe’s character was a surviving firefighter from 9/11 and the World Trade Center. He took what he learned from NYC to Austin to help revive the 1-2-6. Most of the firefighters in the unit had been killed in an explosion.

Strand hired his son. He brought on Paul Strickland (played by Brian Michael Smith) who on the show and in real life, is a transgender man. Strand also hired Marjan Marwani (Natacha Karam) who is a fearless rescuer. She’s also Muslim. They all learn to work together with Judd Ryder (Jim Parrack), the native Texan who survived the explosion that killed his co-workers.

“Anytime you can tell stories of people who are historically underrepresented is great for the culture,” said Lowe, the star of 9-1-1: Lone Star. “The notion of having a trans firefighter is a story you’ve never heard. We get to answer that in a really organic, non-woke-police way. This is the 2020 iteration of a show like this. They were never going to do those stories on Emergency!