Unstable, a brand new Netflix comedy created by Victor Fresco, Rob Lowe, and John Owen Lowe, is a humorous office comedy elevated by the truth that it’s a household affair above all else. Lowe and his son John Owen star as Ellis and Jackson Dragon, a world-renowned biotech CEO and his musician son. For a present that grew out of John Owen Lowe’s continued roasting of his father on social media, Unstable is refreshingly simply as filled with coronary heart as it’s of humor.
Along with the compelling on-screen relationship between Rob and John Owen Lowe, Unstable options robust performances by a variety of extremely gifted actors, particularly Sian Clifford as Ellis Dragon’s beleaguered CFO Anna Bennet. Clifford has excelled in considerably related roles prior to now; regardless of serving as a foil to the good Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Clifford’s Claire is likely one of the funniest characters on Fleabag.
John Owen Lowe and Sian Clifford spoke with Display Rant about working with Rob, the pressures (or lack thereof) of engaged on Unstable, and making enjoyable of flutists.
John Owen Lowe & Sian Clifford on Unstable
Display Rant: John Owen, your character performs the flute in Unstable, and there are many jokes about flutists. Out of all of the devices within the orchestra, why did you select to danger the outrage of that part?
John Owen Lowe: Nice query. I really feel like that is likely to be the one part of the orchestra that I may win in a combat in opposition to, most likely, is the reality. No. We just like the flute on set, to be clear to my flute brothers and sisters on the market.
Sian Clifford: This present is a love letter.
John Owen Lowe: Precisely proper. We’re simply celebrating the flute. It is a gorgeous instrument, however we’ll all admit it; it is a bit foolish to observe it’s performed beneath the auspices wherein we’ve it within the present. Our co-creator Victor Fresco grew up enjoying the flute, so I really feel like he was entitled to make enjoyable of it a bit bit.
Sian, you have accomplished this sort of factor earlier than in Fleabag, however what’s it wish to act in scenes alongside the creators of a present? Is that added stress, or does it make issues simpler?
Sian Clifford: My expertise of it has solely ever been constructive in the identical approach that working with associates has solely ever been constructive. It signifies that persons are bringing extra to the desk. If you’ve bought the creator proper there you may ask questions, [and even] silly questions. I like it, personally, as a result of it simply looks like a way more collaborative setting. For me, it is an excellent factor.
John Owen, your character struggles a bit bit with being within the shadow of his father. Because the present was coming collectively and being developed, did you may have conversations along with your dad about your expertise being the son of somebody who has been established on your entire life?
John Owen Lowe: I had a variety of conversations about that with my therapist; I do not know what number of I had with my dad. The reality is that I’ve had 27 years to navigate it to this point. Whereas I have never found out tips on how to do it completely, I believe that this present was a mirrored image of how tumultuous that journey has been, but additionally how rewarding it has been at instances. And my dad’s been very supportive alongside the best way, not less than as supportive as he will be.
Sian, you might be so good at being a hilarious foil to those actually large characters. Is there one thing about that sort of position that appeals to you as an actor?
Sian Clifford: I believe so as a result of truly, it is much less stress, however you get to have all of the enjoyable. I simply love while you’ve bought a dynamic the place you have bought a lot to play off and bounce off, particularly in case you’re reverse somebody like Rob Lowe, who’s so skilled. You possibly can’t assist however have a superb time and really feel impressed and study because it’s all taking place.
Ellis Dragon is a universally admired, eccentric, narcissist-adjacent biotech entrepreneur working to make the world a greater place. He is additionally in emotional free-fall. His son Jackson Dragon is… none of these issues. Can Jackson save Ellis and his firm and salvage their estranged relationship whereas additionally doing what may very well be unimaginable: escaping the shadow of his larger-than-life father?
For extra, try our interview with Rob Lowe.
Unstable is now streaming on Netflix.