Rob Lowe’s brother Chad Lowe on how the pair have stayed grounded in Hollywood: ‘The foundation is family’


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For the primary time in his decades-long profession, Chad Lowe will seem on-screen alongside his brother, Rob Lowe.

The 54-year-old will visitor star in Monday’s episode of “9-1-1: Lone Star” by which firefighter Capt. Owen Strand [Rob] returns to Los Angeles and is confronted with “painful childhood memories.” Robert Pine, star of ‘70s cop show “CHiPs” and father of actor Chris Pine, will play their dad.

Lowe previously directed two episodes of the FOX drama, which has a close connection to his family. Lowe’s nephew, John Owen Lowe, can be a author for the sequence.

Lowe spoke to Each day Publish Digital about what compelled him to lastly seem on-screen, what it was like rising up with Rob, 58, and what has stored the household grounded in Hollywood.


Rob Lowe and guest star Chad Lowe in the

Rob Lowe and visitor star Chad Lowe within the “Shift-Less” episode of “9-1-1: Lone Star” airing Monday on Daily Post.
(© 2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jordin Althaus/Daily Post.)

Each day Publish: You beforehand directed two episodes of “9-1-1: Lone Star.” What compelled you to visitor star now?
Chad Lowe: I acquired a telephone name from the author and one of many creators, Tim Minear. I anticipated the telephone name was going to be about an episode I used to be going to direct. However he goes, “Hey, this is not about directing. Are you interested in acting?” I mentioned, “I’m always interested – yes.” And he goes, “OK, I’ve got something for you.” I’m such a fan of Tim’s work and admire him a lot that I mentioned “yes” earlier than I even knew what precisely he was proposing.

Then he mentioned, “You’re going to play Rob’s brother.” It was nice. After which I noticed that is the primary time Rob and I’ll get to be in something collectively. First time we’ve ever acted collectively. For all of those years, many individuals have requested why we haven’t executed it sooner, or when we’re going to do it. Rob and I’ve each puzzled ourselves why we’ve by no means been in something collectively.

Right here it’s, right here’s that chance. I used to be thrilled and enthusiastic about enjoying this character. And once I learn it, I used to be much more thrilled. It’s numerous dialogue… I’ve been primarily directing. So my greatest fear was, “Am I going to remember my lines?” You all the time have that worry as an actor, that you just’re not going to recollect your traces. It terrifies each actor. And it occurs to the very best of us. However for me, I used to be on a present that I’ve already labored on as a director.

Chad Lowe, in a scene with his brother Rob, previously directed two episodes of

Chad Lowe, in a scene along with his brother Rob, beforehand directed two episodes of “9-1-1: Lone Star.”
(© 2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jordin Althaus/Daily Post)

I didn’t need to fail. And I particularly didn’t need to fail in entrance of my brother. As a result of I’d hear about it for the remainder of our lives *laughs*. Nevertheless it was just a little bit like using a bicycle. And it didn’t harm that I used to be with my brother. Rob is only a actually proficient actor. He actually brings the very best out of me.

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Each day Publish: What was it wish to lastly work alongside your brother?
Lowe: It was an unbelievable expertise. We had been capable of carry our historical past – a lifetime of historical past – to those scenes and these moments that we shared on display. There have been a lot unstated [words] happening, and but there’s the dialogue that we’re talking. And there’s additionally this different life that we had, life experiences that we had been capable of carry. I believe it’s simply evident and it makes [the scenes] that a lot richer.

Each day Publish: This present is a household affair as a result of your nephew additionally writes for it.
Lowe: John Owen is a author on the present. I’ve had the pleasure of directing an episode that he wrote. So it really was a household affair. We had Rob because the star, I used to be directing and John had written the episode. It was such an actual thrill to have that chance.

Rob Lowe and John Owen Lowe attend The Alliance For Children's Rights 30th Anniversary Champions for Children on March 9, 2022, in Beverly Hills, California.

Rob Lowe and John Owen Lowe attend The Alliance For Kids’s Rights thirtieth Anniversary Champions for Kids on March 9, 2022, in Beverly Hills, California.
(JC Olivera/Getty Photographs)

Each day Publish: What’s it been like so that you can watch your nephew discover his footing within the TV and movie trade?
Lowe: He’s very sensible, he’s very sharp. I’ve all the time identified that no matter he utilized himself towards he would succeed as a result of he’s actually one of many smartest individuals I do know. I typically flip to John Owen for recommendation on something present, be it trend or social media abilities *laughs*. He’s an knowledgeable on the whole lot. He’s so effectively past his years… It’s not stunning to see him excel in any respect. I’m simply an uncle, however I do have an actual sense of satisfaction watching him and all of his accomplishments.

Each day Publish: As a household within the movie and tv trade, what do you assume has stored all of you grounded?
Lowe: Some would possibly argue that we’re not grounded – we’re in Hollywood in spite of everything *laughs*. However I believe it’s all the time about household first. All the opposite stuff is on high of household. The muse is household. The muse is the love that we share for each other and one another. An important factor is that bond. Every thing else grows from that bond of household. That’s all the time been crucial factor to us. And I believe it helps to have youngsters of my very own. It’s very humbling and it retains me grounded. There’s nothing extra grounding than having your youngsters name you out.

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John Owen has famously known as Rob out. I take pleasure in watching that dynamic play out on social media as a lot as anyone else. As quickly as Rob posts one thing, I can’t wait to listen to what John Owen’s tackle it will be *laughs*. I’ve an identical dynamic with my youngsters, though they’re a lot youthful. I’ve three daughters and my oldest is popping 13. I’ve a 9-year-old and a 6-year-old. They’re my life. Actually, they’re crucial issues in my life. I really feel actually blessed and lucky that’s the first focus of my life. It actually does put perspective into the whole lot that I do.

Rob Lowe and actor Chad Lowe attend a pre-Oscar party in 1989.

Rob Lowe and actor Chad Lowe attend a pre-Oscar social gathering in 1989.
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Each day Publish: What’s your favourite childhood reminiscence involving your brother?
Lowe: Oh my – I’ve so many. I couldn’t choose only one as a result of I actually have a lifetime stuffed with them… We’d spend our summers collectively in Ohio with our father. And so our father must work throughout the day. We had been simply these two latchkey youngsters in Dayton, Ohio, within the summers, type of working amok and entering into all kinds of hassle. We had been like Butch and Sundance. We had been linked to the hip with the whole lot that we did our total childhood. We’ve so many shared experiences. We’ve songs – I can point out a tune title to him and it instantly brings us again to an incident that occurred, a shared expertise.

I actually couldn’t simply choose one as a result of there are actually so lots of them. I simply mentioned actually similar to Rob [in his podcast]. I believe he stole it actually from me *laughs*… We’re very aggressive. We grew up very aggressive with each other. We’ve had our battles like all siblings do. However he’s all the time been my finest buddy. And I believe he would say the identical of me. He’s the person who I flip to for nearly the whole lot in my life. Except for my spouse and my youngsters, it’s him.

Each day Publish: What do you consider has been the key behind the success of “9-1-1: Lone Star”?
Lowe: I believe the key sauce is simply how a lot story it’s capable of pack right into a single episode that runs the gauntlet of human feelings. From the drama, the unhappiness, the battle, the humor after which the motion. It’s all of these substances in a single episode. As a director, you possibly can be directing one thing humorous and light-hearted, after which the very subsequent scene, it’s extremely emotional because it offers with life and loss of life. After which the very subsequent day, you’re going into this unbelievable location the place a tragedy or rescue is going on in a constructing that’s on hearth.

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Gina Torres, Jim Parrack and Rob Lowe in the

Gina Torres, Jim Parrack and Rob Lowe within the “Down To Clown” episode of “9-1-1: Lone Star.”
(© 2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jack Zeman/Daily Post.)

These set items are all the time so massive and dynamic. Visually, it’s unbelievable to take a look at. Nevertheless it’s additionally about these actually drawn-out characters. I’ve all the time mentioned that explosions and motion are nice to observe, however in the event you don’t care in regards to the characters, there aren’t any stakes. What I believe they’ve executed so effectively with “Lone Star” is that they’ve created these characters which might be so numerous, come from such totally different backgrounds, and but they arrive collectively and are united, often by a single trigger. You’re rooting for them and also you’re invested in them. You’re invested of their well-being and the result of what’s going to inevitably be an enormous occasion. Your coronary heart is correct there with them once they’re in rescue mode.

Each day Publish: When do you are feeling most like your self, in entrance of the digicam or working behind it?
Lowe: I really like getting the chance to do each, act and direct. If I can do each, it’s an ideal steadiness as a result of I believe every satisfies sure and totally different elements of who I’m. I believe directing is the place I really feel most genuine and most challenged, whereas appearing feels extra insular and… extra susceptible. You’re oftentimes displaying elements of your self that you just don’t usually current publicly.

Chad Lowe enjoys exploring his creativity both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

Chad Lowe enjoys exploring his creativity each in entrance of the digicam and behind the scenes.
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Each day Publish: What do you hope audiences will get from this episode that includes you and your brother?
Lowe: Nicely, it’s the primary time we’ve ever been on-screen, which I’m excited to see if I watch it. I generally discover it laborious to observe myself. However I believe this episode scratches deeper into the floor of what makes [Rob’s character] Owen frantic. He’s going to confront previous points that current themselves. It’s type of an origin story. And likewise, it’s cathartic for him. I do know Rob was actually thrilled as a result of he acquired to surf *laughs*. I haven’t seen the entire episode but, however I noticed a number of the sequences and so they’re stunning. We get to see one other facet of Owen Strand, a extra susceptible facet of him.

“9-1-1: Lone Star” airs Monday at 9 p.m. on Daily Post.


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