Fox’s 9-1-1: Lone Star pulled off two reunions without delay when it tapped Lisa Edelstein to play Gwyneth Morgan, the ex-wife of Rob Lowe’s Owen Strand.
In the 9-1-1 spinoff’s Season 2 premiere, airing Monday, Jan. 18 at 9/8c, the 126 crew responds to a army tank on the free in downtown Austin and a human pile-up on the curler derby. Meanwhile, Owen is reunited with Gwyneth — a powerhouse New York lawyer who involves Austin within the wake of their son T.Okay. (Ronen Rubinstein) being shot — simply as he receives an replace on his most cancers.
TVLine spoke with Edelstein, whose earlier TV credit embrace in fact House and Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, about not simply working with however seeingWest Wing scene associate Rob Lowe for the primary time in 20 years.
TVLINE | As a West Wing fan, your casting was a enjoyable bit of reports to report.
I do know! It’s superfun. They known as me [during Season 1], however the timing wasn’t going to work out. And then that they had all summer season to author a extremely good half for me. [Laughs] They did such a very good job.
TVLINE | What is the state of the union between Gwyneth and Owen?
T.Okay., their son, was shot in Season 1, she she goes to Austin to nurse him again to well being. In the meantime, Rob’s character has to undergo the remainder of his chemo, so he finally ends up getting actually sick. While she’s there, the pandemic hits, so she is sort of “caught” there for lots longer than she anticipated to be — after which “the magic occurs.” [Gwyn and Owen] form of keep in mind each why they had been collectively to start with, and why they obtained divorced. It’s a extremely nice match. She’s actually vibrant, she offers him as a lot s–t as she seems like giving him, and she or he sees via all the things, so you possibly can see this actually enjoyable historical past that that they had. I had a variety of enjoyable doing it, and it was enjoyable additionally as a result of Rob and I had historical past.
TVLINE | Speaking of that historical past, was the casting pure serendipity, or was somebody out to reunite The West Wing‘s Sam and Laurie?
It was a combo. I believe they actually liked the thought of runiting Sam and Laurie, it gave the casting a bit extra that means. They additionally preferred our chemistry.
TVLINE | Laurie was a memorable character from The West Wing‘s launch. At that time in late 1999/early 2000, had been individuals flagging you down on the road, “Hey, Sam Seaborn’s hooker!”?
The humorous factor is that we did all of the D.C. stuff on the finish of taking pictures Season 1. The second episode, the place Sam barges into the restaurant the place Laurie is with a shopper? We shot that 10 months after we shot the pilot, when the show was already a giant hit and had a variety of momentum, so all people in D.C. knew about my character and so they had been very excited to satisfy “the hooker.” [Senator] Al Franken was like, “Oh, you are the hooker!” “Oh, you are Al Franken!”
TVLINE | How lately had you and Rob seen one another, previous to Lone Star?
I hadn’t seen him since I did West Wing with him.
TVLINE | Whoa! Not even at, like, The Ivy or wherever all of the fabulous celebs hang around as of late?
[Laughs] Right, all of us stay in a single home, all of the well-known individuals! No, I had by no means seen him, not as soon as. The humorous factor is that for the primary day of West Wing I used to be in mattress, smoking a joint in my underwear, and the primary day of Lone Star was in mattress, in pasties.
TVLINE | In Gwyneth’s eyes, what was the issue with Owen as a husband? What is his character flaw?
There have been some hints that his relationship to his work on the firehouse in New York took precedence over all the things else. They’re each additionally strong-willed individuals, and they’re nice collectively in some methods, however additionally they do not let one another get away with something in any respect. I believe they each actually love one another — it isn’t a relationship that was ever full of animosity. They simply grew out of one another and moved on.
I additionally assume 9/11 was a giant a part of the demise of their relationship, as a result of he was within the [fire]home subsequent to the Twin Towers, and the stress of that catastrophe was very arduous on each of them. I do not assume he dealt with it notably gracefully, and it killed what was left of their relationship.
TVLINE | For how lengthy do we’ve got you on Lone Star?
I believe I’ll be there all through the entire season. I’m heavy to start with, I do know — we obtained 5 episodes in earlier than the vacations.
TVLINE | And we may also see extra of you on The Kominsky Method?
Oh yeah. Oh yeah. I’m very enthusiastic about Kominsky. I play Alan Arkin’s drug-addled daughter, and it is a actually enjoyable half.
TVLINE | Now, Alan will not be round for the third and ultimate season….
Right, however they introduced in Kathleen Turner, which was equally enjoyable and thrilling. And Paul Reiser began in Season 2, and he is at all times fantastic. And Michael Douglas is a complete mensch, a stunning particular person.
TVLINE | And with that point out of Michael Douglas, we have come full circle, seeing as The American President very a lot sired The West Wing.
That’s true! That’s true.
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