Get To Know Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, The Lincoln Lawyer Season 1-2 Star

He grew up on a ranch in Jalisco, learned how to speak English in Vermont.

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Eleven years after the release of the film The Lincoln Lawyer starring Matthew McConaughey, a series based on the book that started it all, is now streaming on Netflix. The crime drama series based on the Michael Connelly books stars Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Mickey Haller alongside Neve Campbell as Maggie, his first ex-wife, and Becki Newton, his second ex-wife Lorna. The crime drama has been making headlines and looks amazing, but who is Manuel? Get to know the Mexican actor below.

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo Early Life

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo was born on February 25, 1981, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. He grew up on a ranch in Jalisco, learned how to speak English in Vermont, and always had big dreams. The actor wanted to be a still life photographer for National Geographic but realized his love for film. Along with his involvement in high school theater, his grandfather was a film enthusiast and amateur director. He shared his passion with his grandchildren, often screening classics by Charles Chaplin and Mario Moreno’s “Cantinflas.” “Every weekend he would get all our cousins, 31 of us, together for a movie night, ” he told The Los Angeles Times.

He attended the Universidad del Valle de Atemajac in Mexico, studying Communications before heading to California to study at the New York Film Academy. Instead of filmmaking, he decided to pursue his dreams as an actor and moved back to Mexico, and started shooting local projects, avoiding soap operas, per The Times.

Get To Know Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, The Lincoln Lawyer Season 1-2 Star
Manuel Garcia-Rulfo

How He Got His Start In Hollywood

After shooting his first film in Mexico, “La última y nos vamos” he met actor Richard Schiff in Denver, who offered to introduce him to his agent Hollywood. He met with the agent the next time he went to LA, and the next day she sent him the audition for “Bless Me, Ultima,” which he landed, and was his first big American film as Uncle Pedro (2016). His agent told him he needed to move to LA, and he went on to star in Antoine Fuqua’s “The Magnificent Seven,” Steve McQueen’s “Widows,” Antoine Fuqua’s “The Magnificent Seven,” and Michael Bay’s “6 Underground”

The Lincoln Lawyer

As noted by Remezcla, while the movie starred McConaughey, a white man as the lead, in the book, Haller was always Latino. “We tried to explore that side of Mickey Haller,” Manuel Garcia-Rulfo told the outlet. “I love doing that every chance,” he said, “if the story allows, I love putting my heritage in there.”

What Is Manuel Garcia-Rulfo’s Net Worth?

The Lincoln Lawyer 2
The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2

As of 2022, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo has an estimated net worth of $8 million (£6.5 million), according to Wealthy Spy. After putting in a career-defining performance in The Lincoln Lawyer, we can expect to see a lot more of the 41-year-old actor in the coming years.

The Mexican actor grew up on a ranch in western Mexico before moving to Vermont to study English and hone his craft at the New York Film Academy. It all built up to his role in the smash hit legal drama. The drama has done so well that after a lot of speculation, Netflix confirmed that a second season is on the cards.

After what fans have called television at its best, we can expect the return of Garcia-Rulfo in around 2023 for ten more episodes up to an hour long.  The new season will be based on the fourth book in Michael Connelly’s Lincoln Lawyer series, titled The Fifth Witness. 

With Garcia-Rulfo as the heartthrob lawyer, we’ll be expecting the return of Neve Campbell as Maggie, Becki Newton as Lorna, Angus Sampson as Cisco, and Jazz Raycoleas as Izzy in the second season.

Manuel Garcia-Rolfo Said About His Newest Film “A Man Called Otto”

Regarding his new movie “A Man Called Otto”, Manuel Garcia-Rolfo said that he was really happy. “And not just because of the friendship. I love working on scenes with Mariana because she catches you off guard. She improvises a lot, you have to be on top of things. It’s not like a regular scene where you rehearse your thing and then the other actors do their thing. With Mariana, she comes in and she’s in the moment, which is like every actor’s dream. She has this ability to be in the moment. So it’s just so fun to work with her.”

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo also praised Tom Hanks as the main actor in that movie. He said “Everything was beautiful. Marc [Forster] as well, the director. He is such an amazing director. Yes Like his sensitivity and Tom and the energy that we breathed on the set, it was just beautiful, which helped the film I think.”

“For me, what touches me a lot is we don’t think as a society, a lot of it is the fact that the loneliness of older people. We kind of feel like, you know, they already lived their lives but there’s something about the loneliness of it, that is very sad for me. And it’s not that Otto is but it’s like this sense that his life is over. Nothing to give anymore. Nothing to give. Nothing to receive. And I think the message is that. That even in the darkest places, a little bit of light. It will overcast the shadows and all these characters come together to bring that.”

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Ibnu Wibowo
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Ibnu Wibowo is a gifted writer with a passion for all things entertainment. Knack for uncovering hidden gems.