‘9-1-1: Lone Star’: Rob Lowe Detailed How Owen’s Experience with 9/11 Pushes Him in Texas

by Samantha Whidden
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While sharing details about his 9-1-1: Lone Star character Owen, Rob Lowe opened up about how Owen’s 9/11 experience effectively pushed him in Texas. 

Following 9-1-1: Lone Star’s season finale episode, Lowe stated to The Wrap that as the season ends, everyone in the 126 is not only scattered at different firehouses but it’s officially been revealed that they will not be returning to 126 after all. Lowe said that this whole situation was caused by Owen’s frenemy, Billy.

“I think Owen doesn’t regret turning [down the job], because this episode is,” the 9-1-1: Lone Star castmate explained. “We don’t lay into it too heavily, but he has to rescue some people.”

He also revealed during the finale, a plane hits a building and the gasoline from the jet fuel goes down the elevator, and people were trapped in the elevator as jet fuel is coming down. “That’s exactly what happened on 9/11,” Lowe continued.

The 9-1-1: Lone Star actor said there’s a part of Owen that’s never far out of his mind and 9/11 experience. Reliving the experience and having a successful outcome this time around, reminded Owen of why he does what he does. 

“He needs the adrenaline. He needs to be boots on the ground and he’s not ready to give that up.”

Lowe Talks ‘9-1-1’ Crossover For Next Spring 

Also during his interview with The Wrap, Lowe talked about a potential 9-1-1/Lone Star crossover for next spring. “My sense is that it would be us coming to L.A.,” Lowe predicted. “Because that seems totally, only fair.”

Lowe said that he and the 9-1-1: Lone Star team has been “cooking up” some ideas that he thinks are super fun and he’s excited to try to do them. “Working on the [9-1-1] crossover this year was one of my favorite things. Not just because my son wrote it. But it was just great to work with those actors from 9-1-1. They’re also great.”

Lowe is also about diving into Owen’s origin story on 9-1-1: Lone Star and flashing back to the morning of 9/11 to show how the day haunts the character. “We do our ‘Begins’ episodes in the [9-1-1] franchise and we’re going to do Own next year,” Lowe declared. “We actually wrote the script in Season 1 and it was just too big for us to bit off and chew.”

“‘Owen Begins’ will be based on real events of 9/11 and is going to be “just beyond belief,” according to Lowe. “And I think it’s important to do, because it’s going to coincide with the 20th anniversary of 9/11.”

9-1-1: Lone Star is set to return for its third season in January 2022. Lowe will return along with Liv Tyler, Coen Rubinstein, Sierra McClain, and Jim Parrack. 

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