‘9-1-1: Lone Star’: Ronen Rubinstein Reveals Why Show’s Beginning Was ‘Greatest Intro You Could Ask For’

by Suzanne Halliburton

Now this is the way you introduce a character. First scene ever from 9-1-1: Lone Star and fans know everything about a father-son dynamic.

There was Owen Strand (Rob Lowe) frantically trying to save his son, T.K., who was overdosing. T.K. was going to propose to his boyfriend, only to find out the love of his life was in love with another person. He couldn’t handle the rejection and took some pills.

But Owen saved his son. The two of them moved to Austin and with that 9-1-1: Lone Star got its launch on Jan. 19, 2020.

Rubinstein seems perfect as the tender-hearted T.K., who is fearless on the job, whether it was as a fireman in season one or a paramedic in season two.

And, he loved the intro 9-1-1: Lone Star writers gave him.

“I’ve been so over the moon and happy with everything they’ve been given us, especially with TK,” Rubinstein told DigitalSpy in an interview earlier this month.

” I mean, from the moment you see him – you know, I almost overdosed,” the star of 9-1-1: Lone Star added. “My heart gets broken. I’m spilling my heart and soul to my dad. We move to another state. It’s the greatest intro you could ask for as a character.”

Rubinstein, 27, is enjoying an uptick in his acting career. He was born in Israel, but his family moved to New York when he was five. When he was 19, he got his first big break when he was a guest star on Orange is the New Black, one of the biggest shows ever on Netflix. He played Nathan, the love interest of Pennsatucky, one of the inmates at Litchfield prison.

Then came 9-1-1: Lone Star. On the show, his character switched jobs, going from working alongside his dad to becoming a paramedic. The show also likes to put a spotlight on his relationship with Carlos Reyes (Rafael Silva). Reyes is an Austin policeman. Coincidentally, Silva, like Rubinstein, is an immigrant. He and his family moved from Brazil to the United States when Silva was 13.

And Rubinstein also had a role in this year’s American Horror Story anthology series. Ryan Murphy created 9-1-1: Lone Star and the anthology series. On Friday, FX and 20th Century Television announced that Murphy will expand his American Story brand. He’ll be doing American Sports Story and American Love Story to go along with his horror and crime series. The first sports story will be about the life of the late Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL star turned convicted murderer.

Fox picked up 9-1-1: Lone Star for a third season. But it’s not on the fall schedule. Instead, the original series 9-1-1 will stand alone on Mondays. It premieres, Sept. 20. The Austin version of the show starts again in 2022, but does not have a premiere date, as yet.