‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Actor Ronen Rubinstein Opens Up on Relationship with Real-Life Firefighters

by Taylor Cunningham

Ronen Rubinstein plays an onscreen hero on Fox’s 9-1-1: Lone Star. And he loves portraying the part because of his immense respect for real-life rescue workers.

Actor Ronen Rubinstein enjoys working as a firefighter on 9-1-1: Lone Star despite the challenges it can bring. His role shows “real superheroes.” And he’s honored to bring their stories to the small screen because the series shines a necessary light on all they do.

“When there’s crisis or there’s something awful happening in the world, we’re not calling on people with capes and tights,” he told Assignment X. “It’s firemen, it’s cops, it’s medics. So I’ve always had a tremendous respect for them, but it’s only elevated and grown.”

So to do the role justice, Rubinstein studied real first responders on the job. And while doing so, he’s learned just how compassionate and brave firefighters are. But out of all their unique and heroic qualities, firefighters’ ability to stay calm during stressful and deadly situations is what he finds most impressive. And he learned that they keep their cool to better serve victims.

“They can’t show the people that they are trying to save that they’re panicked or scared or anything like that, Rubinstein said. “So you have to keep a very balanced, level attitude when you approach these crazy missions.”

And to do the role further justice, the costume designers keep it real, too. Meaning, the actors always wearing traditional fire gear.

“We have to put the gear on,” said fellow 9-1-1: Lone Star actor Brian Michael Smith. “And the tanks are not always full of air, so that helps take down some of the weight. But when we put those packs on, we are feeling a good thirty pounds of weight on there. And it can be something. The helmets also have a lot of weight to them, too. So you get a taste of what the real first responders have to deal with.”

‘9-1-1: Lone Star’: Jim Parrack Revealed the Most Difficult Part of Playing Judd Ryder

On 9-1-1: Lone Star, Jim Parrack plays Judd Ryder. And his character has seen a lot of death during his career as a firefighter. Unfortunately, that is a common reality for real-life first responders. And as Parrack admitted in a 2020 interview, tapping into that emotional trauma is the most difficult part of his job.

If you watch the show, you know that the actors deal with quite a bit of physical challenges during filming. Between heavy costumes, crazy stunts, incessant rain machines, and strenuous lifting, the cast members seem to get a good workout while under cumbersome circumstances.

But Parrack said all of that is nothing compared to the emotional weight his character carries. And to do his job well, Parrack has to delve deep into the painful realities of the firefighting profession.

“The emotional on top of being uncomfortable – it’s elusive sometimes, right? It’s not normal for grownups to try to experience difficult things,” the actor admitted to Assignment X. “In fact, we spend most of our life avoiding that.”