updated 10/22/2013 AT 10:35 AM ET
•originally published 10/22/2013 AT 8:00 AM ET
Rob Lowe took a thoughtful approach to playing one of our nation’s most beloved public figures, John F. Kennedy.
“I think for known figures, the key is inhabitation, not imitation,” Lowe says of his transformation into the 35th President for National Geographic Channel’s Killing Kennedy, based on Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s book.
It airs Nov. 10 – 12 days before the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination.
Lowe had studied the Kennedys for some time, well before he was asked to play the role.
“I’ve always been an admirer of the Kennedy family and JFK in particular,” Lowe says. “I’ve always had a connection to him, and so throughout my life I’ve read a lot. A lot. I mean, if there’s a book about him or his presidency, I’ve probably read it. So when this came my way, I was honored to be asked and it’s been an amazing experience.”