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Interview by Rafy Mediavilla – Winston The Pug & Making Relationships Work, We Talk With The Cast of Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer”.

From creator David E. Kelley, THE LINCOLN LAWYER is the story of Mickey Haller (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), an iconoclastic idealist, who runs his law practice out of the back of his Lincoln, as he takes on cases big and small across the expansive city of Los Angeles. Based on The Brass Verdict, the second book in The Lincoln Lawyer series by Michael Connelly.

THE LINCOLN LAWYER also stars Neve Campbell, Becki Newton, Jazz Raycole and Angus Sampson. Connelly is an executive producer and writer on the series. The series was developed for television by Ted Humphrey who serves as showrunner, executive producer and writer. Ross Fineman and Kelley are also executive producers. The series is produced by A+E Studios and Barry Jossen and Tana Jamieson serve as executive producers.


First question and I wouldn’t forgive myself if I didn’t ask about this because to me, the star of the show is not Manuel. He thinks he’s the star of the show to me Winston The Pug is the star of the show. 

Becki Newton:

You get that? Yes. Totally understand. Hundred percent. Winston Yeah. You get it, man. 


So I got to ask, how was it working with Winston? He was a diva? What he asking for lines? More screen time? I was working with somebody that big?

Becki Newton:

Well, this Dog, first of all, it’s a very serious story. All you need to do in a very serious environment is put a pug in the middle and put a microphone in front of it, because we’ll be having we’ll be talking about murder and how we’re going to solve the puzzle. And you hear snorting and like grunting, those things make a lot of noise. So I’m sure the sound people had to turn the sound way down, but it was delightful. There’s something very comforting and actually very normal these days, post-pandemic about having an animal with you while you work. 

So as absurd as it might seem to have this funny looking pug at the office, I think it’s actually way more common than we realize. I think Winston was actually a girl named Luna. Very versatile. Very versatile. 


Question For Angus and Becki: The two of you play accouple in the story and on the story it works the way it gets handled. But I wonder, what are the do’s and don’ts in real life to make sure this this relationship works? 

Becki Newton:

I think that on the surface, working with your ex could seem like strange territory. I think that clearly Mickey and Lorna have a past, but if she’s running his office, they’ve resolved. They still are interested in each other’s well-being. They want each other to win. Where it gets complicated is also at the office is Lorna’s new love interest. And I think we can see that triangle come to a head because the first time we see Lorna nervous about making Mickey upset. And the show deals with that really well. They acknowledge that this is weird. I think Mickey right away says it’s not weird for him. And then it’s up to Lawn and Cisco to figure out how to navigate that comfortably. But it is a complicated situation. It’s not just an ex at work, it’s an ex and the new love and they have a back story. It’s very complicated. Wonderfully complicated. 

Angus Sampson:

Well, I feel like they ironically that the initial common interest certainly from Cisco was their duty of care for Mickey. I think when he was I don’t know if your audience know that, but he was a recovering addict and we both cared for him according to the existing literature. So that was an interesting jumping off point certainly for Becki and I that our shared common interest and that happens a lot I believe with careers and what have you. And when people come together over grief, share a common grief, you find a certain synergy and understanding. And in that grief there’s no right and wrong with whether or not to say his grief. But so yeah, it really does feel like there’s a great respect in the across the characters in Michael’s world, even if they are breaking the law. You know, there’s so kudos for the initiative. 


Question For Jazz: What were you able to learn from your character that was so grounded and had a lot of in common with Mickey? 

Jazz Raycole:

I mean, studying addiction, you really, really learn a lot. One thing I have is a great respect for recovering addicts because it’s diligent and it’s a daily work that they have to do on themselves. And I think that’s what I can take from is like the work never stops in yourself. Like it was a daily work that you have to put in. And I think it’s really, really unique that they have, you know, Mickey and Izzy connecting on, you know, the journey of recovery, which is hard and you need support. And I love the fact that they did that so, so just so creatively and it was written so well. And it’s just it kind of evolves over the course of the season, which is incredible. 

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