Rob Lowe is someone who generally has a big Thanksgiving celebration. This year, he said he’s going to pare the day way, way down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking to People on Monday, the West Wing alum said COVID-19 is hampering what he and his family will do this weekend.
In the past, the actor said he does holidays in a “big way.”
“My wife Sheryl is a great planner of fun for everybody and there’s a gorgeous feast,” he told the magazine. “But this year we will pare it way, way down, and everybody’s going to get tested for the virus.”
The actor said this is the first year he won’t host the family’s annual Turkey Bowl Football Game. The game is a family tradition since the 1970’s. He added the family takes the game very seriously. Lowe said one year, they used referees.
“It’s gone from Ohio to California,” he added. “Wherever we’ve lived, we’ve always done it.” However, this year there’s simply too much concern for everyone’s health.
Rob Lowe And His Love Of Pie
One of the big traditions that will stick around this Thanksgiving is the actor’s love of making pie. He said he’s a big believer in Pecan Pie. He also makes Pumpkin and Apple every year.
The 9-1-1: Lone Star actor said he lets pie making rip. However, he’s also teaching his 20-something sons how to take over that mantle.
West Wing Reunion
Lowe’s love of Thanksgiving and tradition was, in some ways, shared by one of the television shows he’s best known for among this generation. The West Wing often had extravagant Turkey Day episodes.
Recently, a massive number of actors from the political drama reunited in order to do a stage version of one of the program’s most beloved episodes. However, there was nothing festive about the story, which focused on a United States showdown with China.
Lowe talked about getting to see so many of his former castmates. He’d gone years since he’d seen most of them in person.
The episode was filmed ahead of the 2020 Presidential Election as a way to push the importance of voting. Lowe called filming an episode a “surreal experience.”
“It was surreal, and in getting ready to do it, it felt like it had been a thousand eons ago,” Lowe shared. “Then when the cameras rolled, and it was just Martin Sheen and I sitting down as Sam and President Bartlet, it felt like it was yesterday, and everybody was as good as I remembered them. It was like a great, classic rock band that hadn’t lost a step.”
While most of the cast reunited for the episode there was one prominent member absent. John Spencer played Leo McGarry for most of West Wing‘s run. He passed away in 2005. This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown took over the role of Leo for the reunion.