Rob Lowe loves skin care so much, writers added it into his new show, ‘9-1-1: Lone Star’

Rob Lowe stars in Fox spinoff "911: Lone Star." (Photo: Jack Zeman/FOX)

PASADENA, Calif. – Hollywood producers know what they’re going to get when they cast Rob Lowe as the star of their show. 

The actor, 55, is taking the reins of Fox’s “9-1-1” spinoff, “9-1-1: Lone Star” a new drama about emergency responders set in Austin, Texas, playing a fire captain transferred to Austin from New York City after a tragedy destroys a firehouse. (The series premieres Jan. 19 at 10 EST/7 PST after Fox’s NFC Championship Game, then replaces “911” on Mondays starting Jan. 20). 

Lowe’s firefighter, Owen Strand, is a strong leader and physically capable, but he’s also a skincare enthusiast, a characteristic added to suit Lowe’s personality. 

“Let’s face it. I’m not a stranger to looking into the mirror,” Lowe joked Tuesday to the Television Critics Association. “It’s the only procedural where the leading man is obsessed with men’s skincare. … There’s a whole thing where I become obsessed with losing my hair.” 

Lowe credits executive producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear for knowing him a little too well. 

“You have to understand, Tim, Brad and Ryan have known me for a long time. Ryan wrote ‘Nip/Tuck’ for me many years ago and my agents didn’t give it to me. We’ve been trying to find something to do together for 20 years.”

When he gets “Lone Star” scripts, “there are things about my character that when I pick up and read it, I say, ‘Damn, those guys! They know me.'” 

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