Unstable cast: Who’s in the Netflix series?

Unstable. (L to R) Rob Lowe as Ellis, John Owen Lowe as Jackson in episode 104 of Unstable. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023
Unstable. (L to R) Rob Lowe as Ellis, John Owen Lowe as Jackson in episode 104 of Unstable. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023 /

Rob Lowe is mostly known for dramatic roles when it comes to his film and television profile, but the actor also more than proved he fits right into the comedic world when he starred as Chris Traeger in NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. And now, he’s back to another comedy project, Unstable!

The half-hour, eight-episode series premieres Thursday, March 30, 2023, on Netflix. The story follows Ellis Dragon, a “universally admired, eccentric, narcissist-adjacent” biotech businessman who is working in the hopes of making the world a better place.

While he’s successful with his career, he’s unfortunately estranged from his son Jackson whose personality is the complete opposite. When his father needs some help at the company, Jackson steps in. But will he be able to escape the large shadow of his dad’s big personality?

Who does Rob Lowe play?

Lowe takes on the role of the eccentric biotech scientist and entrepreneur Ellis in the show. After his wife passed away, it’s been hard for him to regain focus, per Netflix. So that means the actor is taking on the co-leading role in the comedy. Most recently, he’s done more dramas so it will be nice to see him in a more lighthearted role again!

Unstable cast: Who’s in the Netflix series?

So who else joins Lowe onscreen in the Netflix series? There’s someone very special that we’re excited to see. And that’s his real-life son, John Owen Lowe! The two will also play father and son in the show, which means John portrays Jackson Dragon. The young actor has starred in the FOX series The Grinder, as well as the movie Holiday in the Wild. We shared the full cast list and character descriptions per Netflix below:

Main cast members

  • Rob Lowe as Ellis Dragon
  • John Owen Lowe as Jackson Dragon
  • Aaron Branch as Malcolm Drummond, Jackson’s childhood friend and Ellis’ former assistant who has been promoted to project manager. He looks up to his boss so much that he’s jealous Jackson is Ellis’ son.
  • Emma Ferreira as Ruby Rosario, a biotech genius who is outgoing and fun.
  • Rachel Marsh as Luna Castillo, a biotech genius who is shy and awkward.
  • Sian Clifford as Anna Bennet, the Dragon company’s smart and tough who is trying to keep the company together since Ellis’ “emotional spiral.”

Guest stars

  • Fred Armisen as Leslie, Ellis’ therapist who needs help himself.
  • Frank Gallego
  • JT Parr
  • Tom Allen
  • Christina Chang

Both of the Lowes co-created and executive produce the series alongside co-creator Victor Fresco. Marc Buckland also takes on executive producing duties.

Unstable premieres with all eight episodes Thursday, March 30, 2023, on Netflix.

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