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I drove around Los Angeles with the star of ‘The Lincoln Lawyer,’ Manuel Garcia-Rulfo

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Season Two of “The Lincoln Lawyer.”

There’s a footbridge between the Spring Street Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles and a public square that has a clear view of City Hall with its distinctive tower. The location is used for a handful of scenes in the Netflix series “The Lincoln Lawyer” — it also happens to be the spot where I meet up with the star of the show, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo.

It’s about 12:45 p.m. on a 70-degree day in sunny Los Angeles. Expecting to see the actor in his character Mickey Haller’s sleek tailored suits, Garcia-Rulfo is more casually dressed than expected. My black wide-leg trousers and black-and-white striped blazer look too professional next to his stylish navy trousers, polo, black sneakers and tortoise shell sunglasses.

Leaning in to greet me with a kiss on the cheek (a traditional greeting for two Latinos of Mexican descent) and flashing a smile, he introduces himself — but I’m fully aware of his rising star. This is just the beginning of our casual afternoon together in the City of Angels.

Garcia-Rulfo is back as the charismatic criminal defense attorney —  along with his signature “coat of armor” suits — for the show’s second season. Part One, which consisted of five episodes, premiered July 6. The actor tells that although returning to the show was “a little easier” it was also “more pressure because you now have the shadow of the first (season) being a success.”

The actor’s feelings of pressure is warranted. One month after the show’s release, the series was renewed for a second season. 

After posing for a handful of photos on the footbridge and square where he shyly says he’s not great at modeling (I would say otherwise) it’s now about 1:05

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