The freshest TV show you’ll be binging this summer happens to include a familiar face. Charming Atlanta native Chris Lowell, who attended Atlanta International School and is best known for roles on Veronica Mars and Private Practice, and as Emma Stone’s love interest in The Help, stars in the brand-new Netflix comedy GLOW from the team behind Orange Is the New Black. Set in 1980s Los Angeles, the series follows a crew of Hollywood misfits on their journey to superstardom as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Lowell plays Sebastian “Bash” Howard, the heir of a Southern California canned-food fortune and a “full-blown wrestling fanboy,” he explains, who essentially bankrolls the GLOW promotion. “They really pulled out all the stops for [Bash],” says Lowell with a laugh. “A lot of the characters are very down and out... but my character is the epitome of over-the-top ’80s opulence. The stuff they had me wearing was absurd.”
But the ridiculous costumes are just a small part of what makes the show so enjoyable to watch. “It’s funny; it’s weird; it’s got a ton of heart. Everybody is so out there, but they still live in a real world, which I like,” Lowell says. “They really pushed me to go as far as I wanted to with the character, and it’s not easy to do that unless you trust the people who are steering the ship. I can’t say enough good things about it; it was the most fun I’ve ever had on a TV job.”
Aside from GLOW, Lowell can next be seen playing Nick Nolte’s son on the second season of the Epix political show Graves; and this fall, the self-proclaimed “film lunatic” says he’s planning to start shooting his second film as director in New York (Lowell made his directorial debut in 2014 with Beside Still Waters).
What occupies the handsome actor’s rare time when he’s not working? “Travel and photography,” he answers without missing a beat. “I represented at Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta, and I’ve always been a die-hard film photographer. I still shoot on my Leica on print silver gelatin, so it’s very old-school. And I travel like a maniac. I think that’s a big benefit of going to the International School, they just get that in your head early on.”
Despite his global adventures and the fact that he now calls the Big Apple home, Lowell still has a soft spot for his old A-Town haunts. “I miss going to the Plaza Theatre,” he says, “and Fellini’s Pizza and Fat Matt’s Rib Shack.” A man after our own hearts, indeed.