EXCLUSIVE: Manny Montana On 'Graceland,' Dating Advice, & His Abuelita

Brian Higbee

What have you learned about the undercover life through this show?

So much! Two of my best friends are actually police officers in Long Beach. I've gone on a lot of ride-alongs with them. It completely changes your whole perspective. I grew up in the hood, and I was raised to hate cops. But then, I started to realize that they're people and they have lives too. They have tough ass jobs - it's extremely hard. For them, all they see is bad s*** all day long, so how can you leave that outside when you're with family? My friends told me that it's the hardest thing to separate the personal life from their work. I've learned so much about myself through this role.

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