A Few Words With: Rob Lowe, Isaac Mizrahi and Cynthia Rowley


Rob Lowe of "Parks and Recreation" on NBC

Q: When you look at the photos of you as Drew Peterson, you're not automatically recognizable, and you are creepy in this. Is that what you wanted?

A: That makes me so happy! Thank you. I had a great hair and makeup department, and it was really important for me. There is so much footage of Drew. He has been on every show, and everyone knows what he looks like, and yet you don't want it to look like an "SNL" version.

Q: Is that a wig or your hair? An Internet site says you have been dyeing your hair for years. True?

A: That's my hair, dyed gray, which is very, very hard to do, as it turns out -- only one guy in Hollywood does it. I don't color my hair. Getting the hair dyed took five hours.

Q: Were you balancing this role while doing other work?

A: I was still shooting "Parks and Recreation." During the last two weeks of "Parks and Recreation," I would alternate with those two characters being diametrically opposed and then just the look. It was really an adventure, but the kind of adventure I dream about as an actor. Very few get to play Drew Peterson on a Wednesday and Chris Traeger on a Thursday.

Q: What would Sam Seaborn of "The West Wing" be doing now?

A: When we last saw Sam, he was working for President Santos. I think Sam might be running for office. He got his ass kicked in California's 47th (district) and went back to Washington.

Isaac Mizrahi of "Project Runway All Stars" on Lifetime

Q: When the designers were presented with the weekly challenge, do you immediately start thinking about how you would do it?

A: Every time someone would be eliminated, it was heartbreaking. I made it my business to tell each one of them (that) if I were in such a competition I would fail miserably because I take such a long time to harness my creative thoughts.

Q: So you do empathize with them?

A: I remember being in design school where they would give us challenges. It wasn't until later years at Parsons that I excelled. The strongest of the All Stars were at their best at the end of the competition. Toward the end when it was just pure collection, you really got a chance to see the minds clicking.

Q: What were the tougher challenges?

A: The shorter one where you only have 24 hours to do something automatically makes it tougher.

Q: And the easier ones?

A: There was this five-and-dime thing that was really fun. That's about going shopping and being inspired by something you see randomly. The other challenge I thought would be easy and fun was the theater one. (Designing a costume for "Godspell.")

Q: Do you see substantial differences between "Project Runway" and this show?

A: It was such a pleasure doing this show. One thing they do have is a point of view. No matter who produces it, they really know what that show is about. They don't have to discover any new things. They have it. You get deeper and deeper into the creative process.

Cynthia Rowley of "24 Hour Catwalk" on Lifetime

Q: Are you having fun on the show?

A: It's way, way, way too much fun! I have done all of those "Project Runway" (shows), and I love hanging out with Michael Kors and Nina Garcia and Heidi Klum, and it is super fun. But for me the reason to do the show was Alexa Chung, Derek Blasberg and James LaForce are hilarious.

Q: What do you hope viewers take?

A: Because it is episodic and it is fun to see a winner every week, it is kind of a feel-good show in that way.

Q: Do you see this as different from the other design shows?

A: This -- because there are seamstresses, sample makers, and they also make patterns and they work as a team -- it is a different sort of dynamic in the way the work is created, and so it is a full-on runway presentation. It is interesting because I think you learn through the creative process, watching a lot of other components of the industry and through the judging, there is takeaway with that. Because James LaForce is the great PR bigwig, and he really asks questions about marketing and presentation and the PR side of it, and how are you telling your story, and what is your message in the collection. And it is interesting to learn about that part of it. And I ask a lot of technical and design things. And Derek is a writer and understands the editorial side of it. You are getting a broad view of the industry, and we really try to keep it funny and fun and not mean-spirited.

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