Lindsey Morgan channeled her Texas roots for ‘Texas Ranger’ reboot

There’s a new ranger in town. 

In “Walker,” The CW’s slick reboot of “Walker, Texas Ranger,” the famous Lone Star lawman (Jared Padelecki) teams up with one of the first female rangers, Micki Ramirez (Lindsey Morgan).

“I did a lot of research about women in law enforcement,” Morgan, 30, tells The Post from the “Walker” set, currently shooting on location in Austin, TX. 

“Walker is at the center of a lot of strong women in his life,” she says. “I think it brings a new color to this Western lore. I love [Micki’s] strength, I love her perception. She’s very smart and observant. She has a maturity about the world.

“She can look at a situation and see it from all sides.”

The original series aired on CBS (1993-2001) and starred Chuck Norris as the titular Walker, a Dallas-Fort Worth-based member of the state-bureau level Texas Rangers who was partnered with former Dallas Cowboys player Jimmy Trivette (Clarence Gilyard). 

The reboot, premiering Thursday (Jan. 21) at 8 p.m., follows Cordell Walker (Padelecki, fresh off a 15-year run on “Supernatural”), a widower who is returning home to his family in Austin after spending time on an undercover assignment. There, he clashes with his kids and brother Liam (Keegan Allen), probes his wife’s mysterious death and bonds with his new partner, Micki. 

Lindsey Morgan plays female ranger, Micki Ramirez, on "Walker."
Lindsey Morgan plays female ranger, Micki Ramirez, on “Walker.”
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“He is literally a 6-foot-4 giant kid,” Morgan says about Padelecki. “He really keeps you on your toes and gives you so much to work with. We’ve been having a blast.”

Morgan, who has appeared in “General Hospital” and “How I Met Your Mother,” is best known for starring in The CW’s seven-season dystopian drama “The 100,” which ended in September. But just like Micki, she’s from Texas and is Mexican-American — making her “Walker” role hit home, she says. 

“When I read the script, it resonated in a really personal way for me,” she says. “I grew up in Texas and the story of my character felt like a bit of a story of what my life could have been if I had stayed in Texas and didn’t pursue acting. I guess I could have seen myself being this woman. I haven’t been back really, especially to Austin — it’s become a true full-circle moment for me.” 

Even as a native Texan, however, Morgan still had to spruce up her skills for “Walker.”

"Walker" premieres Thursday (Jan. 21) at 8 p.m. on The CW.
“Walker” premieres Thursday (Jan. 21) at 8 p.m. on The CW.
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“I already know how to ride a horse and shoot a gun, but not to this level. I’d never galloped on horses or knew about loading and unloading guns,” she says. “I got here about a month early and we had horse and gun training. That really helped me.”

But as much as she prepared for the physical demands of the part, she intentionally stayed away from watching the original “Walker, Texas Ranger” series, she says. 

“I’ve never seen [the original] because I was told not to watch it,” she says. “We’re doing a completely new reimagining. [Executive Producer Anna Fricke] wanted me to have no preconceived notions and fresh eyes when I came to the piece.

“Granted, I didn’t live under a rock,” she says. “So I knew what it is and who Chuck Norris is and how he has amazing Kung fu skills. But beyond that, I’m quite naïve about the original — I’m tempted to watch it!”


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