In a 2020 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lowe discussed his co-stars and his friendships with local firefighters, among other subjects. And he was particularly effusive about Tyler, who left the show after one season due to travel difficulties during the pandemic.
“We were so excited to get Liv,” Lowe said of his co-star. “When that idea came up we were really pumped. It felt really fresh. There are some actors that you just know are going to make you more interesting when they stand next to you. And Liv’s one of those people. It’s just a function of her energy and who she is.”
‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Star Gushes About Tyler
In an enthusiastic paean to Tyler, Lowe listed all the qualities that made the actress a good fit for her “9-1-1: Lone Star” role. He said it was a demanding role, but Tyler was up to the task of playing Michelle Blake on the show.
“She’s very unique,” Lowe said. “[Tyler is] gorgeous in a very unique way. She’s got a body of work behind her that’s kind of iconic, and weird, and extraordinary. And you also don’t see her all the time. It’s been great.”
“It’s a really good part for her because it’s really different from anything you’ve seen her do before,” he went on. “She plays a very focused, super-capable paramedic. It’s an unbelievably physical role for her so her natural ethereal, otherworldly qualities that make her who she is are really cool because you don’t really see that mixed with this super practical, go-getter girl.”
Tyler lives in London with her young family, per Deadline. And she had been flying between the UK and Los Angeles, where the series films. There were the risks of long-distance air travel during an airborne pandemic to consider. Plus, the possibilities of a travel ban or enforced quarantines meant that Tyler could have wound up stuck on either side of the Atlantic for weeks.
Show Leaves Door Open to Tyler’s Return
Tim Minear, the co-creator, executive producer and showrunner of “9-1-1: Lone Star,” said in a statement that there are no hard feelings about Tyler’s departure. In fact, her character was not killed off. And the show will not recast the role. That makes it possible for Tyler to reappear at some later date after a hiatus.
“What a thrill it was having a movie star of Liv Tyler’s stature to help us launch the first season of ‘9-1-1: Lone Star,’” Minear told Deadline. “We loved working with Liv and will be forever indebted to her for her haunting, powerful portrayal of Michelle Blake. While we were able to tell a complete chapter in Michelle’s story, as with Connie Britton on our mothership, we also feel like there are more stories to be told.”
“The door here will always be open for a return,” he added.