'Our wives are amused other people are discovering what they've known for years' - Making a Murderer defence lawyer on new heartthrob status
One of the lawyers featured in Netflix hit documentary Making a Murderer has joked about his newfound heartthrob status.
Jerry Buting and Dean Strang feature in the series which charts the 2007 trial of Steven Avery for murder in Wisconsin.
Both were defence lawyers for Avery and since the documentary landed in December they've garnered quite a following.
Speaking to Ivan Yates on Newstalk on Friday, Buring joked about the fact they're now considered superstars and have even gained romantic admirers.
"That's been kind of amusing because we didn't or don't act any differently than we normally do in any case," he said.
"The internet heartthrob stuff is very unexpected."
He joked, "Our wives are quite amused by the prospect that all these other people are I guess discovering what they've already known for years."
However, he said it's not the best thing to come out of the series being such a hit.
"It's flattering but it's not really the most important outcome of this," he said.
"The thing I like the most is when I hear from young people in college and law school that they want to be a criminal defence attorney and do what we do like we do it.
"That's nice. If we are in any way inspiring people to see this as a noble profession, it's like a vocation to me, then I think that alone is worthwhile."