Rob Lowe’s son opens up about playing the role of a nepo baby as a nepo baby
Nepo baby start! Rob Lowe’s 28-year-old son, John, reveals how he used his real-life experience as a nepo baby to play the role of an on-screen character in a new TV series… in which he stars alongside his famous father
- John Owen Lowe, 28, co-created the comedy series Unstable with his father
- It follows a successful biotech entrepreneur and his son – played by the Lowes
- The show explores ‘the story of a son who can’t escape his father’s shadow’
Rob Lowe’s son has opened up about playing the role of a nepo baby while starring in a show alongside his famous dad.
John Owen Lowe, 28, co-created the Netflix comedy series Unstable with his father and veteran producer Victor Fresco.
It follows a biotech entrepreneur and his son – played by the Lowes – as the pair battle to save the family business from the brink of collapse.
John Owen said it “explores the story of a son who can’t escape his father’s shadow” and admitted it was “very reflective” of their actual relationship.
John Owen Lowe, 28, co-created the Netflix comedy series Unstable with his father and veteran producer Victor Fresco
It follows a successful biotech entrepreneur and his son – played by the Lowes – as the pair battle to save the family business from ruin.
John Owen, who previously acknowledged that he is a fake baby, shared Today that it was easy to create his character’s personality.
He said he knows what it’s like to be constantly compared to a parent when you’re trying to find your own way in life.
The actor admitted, “I’ve taken from a lot of source material, but the storyline is just a few slightly altered examples of what Rob has done to me in my life and the madness of our dynamic, so it’s very, very reflective of our actual relation .’
Despite saying his last name would hang over his acting auditions, John Owen is thankful he got the boost — and now wants to put it to good use.
John Owen concluded, “It is important for every person in my position who has had a privilege in their life and in their upbringing to recognize that and recognize that I had a foot in the door that many people did not.
“But I also think it’s important to say that once I came through that door I worked really hard and I’m very grateful for the opportunities that have come into my life.
“My hope is that if I find success, I can help others and use my platform to get more people in.”
The father-son duo has previously appeared together in other films, including the sitcom The Grinder in 2015 and the romance film Holiday in the Wild in 2019.
John Owen said it explored “the story of a son who can’t escape his father’s shadow” and admitted it was “very reflective” of their actual relationship
John Owen revealed how Rob was initially unenthusiastic about the idea of him having a career as an actor
Speak in the last issue of Men’s healthJohn Owen, discussed in more detail how his relationship with his father and his mother Sheryl Berkoff has changed as he has aged.
He said, “Your parents, whoever they are, are always bothering you. Always. Even when you’re an adult. Your relationship changes as you get older and your parents become more like your friends, but they still bother you. As it should.’
John Owen also revealed how Rob was initially unenthusiastic about the idea of him having a career as an actor.
He caught the acting bug early on, appearing in school plays like The Wizard Of Oz from an early age.
But Rob tried to “knock it out of him,” because he didn’t want to succumb to the pitfalls of fame as he tried to make a career in the business.
John Owen took a break from acting for a while, especially after he started to worry that people just wanted to be friends with him because he had a famous father.
He said, “The number of times I was compared to my father, and the number of times he was brought up in conversation, made me feel so uncomfortable that I wanted to get as far away from it as possible.”