Unstable: Are Rob Lowe and John Owen Lowe related?

Unstable. (L to R) Rob Lowe as Ellis, John Owen Lowe as Jackson in episode 103 of Unstable. Cr. John P. Fleenor/Netflix © 2023
Unstable. (L to R) Rob Lowe as Ellis, John Owen Lowe as Jackson in episode 103 of Unstable. Cr. John P. Fleenor/Netflix © 2023 /
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We all love Rob Lowe, and we’re so excited about his new Netflix comedy series, Unstable! Of course, the actor is the lead, as well as the younger actor, John Owen Lowe, who plays his onscreen son. Are the two related?

The show has a total of eight, 30-minute episodes that are streaming as of Thursday, March 30, 2023, on Netflix. Rob plays the admired, eccentric, and successful biotech businessman Ellis Dragon who has his own company.

John takes on the role of Jackson Dragon, Ellis’ more introverted and estranged son who comes in to help his father and the family business. But will he be able to do so, as well as repair their relationship, with Ellis’ big personality?

Both actors have the same last name, and they’re playing father and son onscreen. So are both of the Lowes related to each other? We’ve got the answer for you below!

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 23: (L-R) Rob Lowe and John Owen Lowe attend the Netflix Unstable S1 premiere at Netflix Tudum Theater on March 23, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Netflix)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 23: (L-R) Rob Lowe and John Owen Lowe attend the Netflix Unstable S1 premiere at Netflix Tudum Theater on March 23, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Netflix) /

Unstable: Are Rob Lowe and John Owen Lowe related?

The answer to that question is yes! John Owen Lowe is actually Rob Lowe’s real-life son. So the two are actually father and son, and play that relationship in the series as well. How fun!

Onscreen, their characters have two different personalities. And it sounds like their portrayal isn’t too far from reality. In an interview with Variety, John shared how the jokes between him and his dad both on and off screen aren’t necessarily an act. The actor teased, “it’s how I show love, and it’s how I keep him [Rob] humble.” Rob also loved working with his son and called their collaborative relationship on the project like “having a second brain on the set,” per Variety.

The dynamic duo co-created and executive-produced Unstable together. But this isn’t their first time working in the same space! John has been a writer on multiple seasons of Rob’s FOX series, 9-1-1: Lone Star.

They’ve also co-starred in the movie Holiday in the Wild on Netflix, the FOX sitcom The Grinder, and film The Grace Point. In 2017, Rob, as well as both of his sons John and Edward Matthew Lowe, did  A&E nonfiction series The Lowe Files as they looked at real-life unsolved mysteries in the United States.

Unstable is now streaming on Netflix.

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