Sofía Vergara made it clear that it took her a lot of work to transform into the ‘Godmother of Cocaine’ Griselda Blanco in her new Netflix series.
In a clip shared on TikTok from The Kelly Clarkson Show, the Colombian star, 51, told Clarkson, 41, to “shut up” after the host referred to her physical transformation as “light.”
‘This is amazing… I feel like they just changed your nose or something,’ Kelly stated, to which a bewildered Sofia responded, ‘What?’ followed by ‘Are you crazy?’
Kelly continued, telling the Modern Family star, who has been sued by Blanco’s estate over the series, “Whatever they did, though, seems minor.”
‘No Kelly, it was hours,’ Sofia corrected her while the audience laughed. ‘They did a lot to me! It was the teeth. She was a wig. It was the nose. It was plastic from here to here!’
Kelly further attempted to explain the “slight change” until Sofia chimed in: “It was a wig!” Shut up. It was a wig. It was too much!’
Kelly continued trying to get her point across, saying that the hairstylists and makeup artists “did such a good job, it looks flawless.”
Both women eventually laughed, as Sofia detailed the transformation while a pre-recorded video of her hair and makeup process played in the background.
Netflix’s controversial new series Griselda received mixed first reviews ahead of its worldwide release on January 25.
Sofía plays Griselda, Miami’s ‘godmother of cocaine’, in the six-part series, which tells the story of how Blanco’s legendary reign paved the way for Colombia’s most infamous cartel.
However, although Vergara has been praised for her performance as Blanco, the show has been criticized for its “pacing problems”, “shoddy” scenes, and “one-note” supporting characters.
The Hollywood Reporter Critic Daniel Fienberg writes: “Even as Griselda becomes increasingly dramatically sleazy, Vergara keeps her watchable. The hardest-working member of the Modern Family cast: She constantly elevated Gloria from walking stereotype to intricate punchline machine. , but never won an Emmy.
‘Vergara, an executive producer here, deserves all the credit for revealing a whole new set of serious skills.
“It never makes Griselda as scary as the real woman was (an early quote from Pablo Escobar admitting to being afraid of her makes it particularly strange that Escobar isn’t used even as a minor character), but it locates Griselda’s insecurities and her brain, even under layers of makeup.
“What prevents this from being a truly great performance is the absence of any kind of worthy scene partner, although co-stars Vanessa Ferlito and José Zúñiga do have a scene or two in which they become close.”
This comes as it emerged that Vergara is being sued by Blanco’s heirs who want to block the new Netflix series for its alleged “unauthorized use of her family’s image and likeness.”
A lawsuit obtained by TMZ and launched by Blanco’s adult children acting as representatives of his estate, names Vergara as a defendant and Netflix, and the estate is suing both parties for what they claim is the unauthorized use of his family’s image and likeness in this next series.
The series is set to premiere on January 25, but the family is trying to block its release and has asked a judge for an injunction.
Griselda’s son, Michael Corleone Blanco, says he has been doing interviews for years trying to put his and his mother’s life story on paper in hopes of turning it into a production.
It alleges that these interviews date back to 2009 and continued until 2022.
He claims the unnamed parties wanted to turn the story into a book and says he was told they would begin selling it in Hollywood in 2016.
He claims that he was introduced to a producer before a meeting with Netflix about it and claims that he was later told that Netflix was interested, but did not want to use any information from the interviews he had conducted.
Michael says he now found out that Griselda’s new show includes a lot of her anecdotes and material, and says she wasn’t paid.
He and his siblings allege that Netflix ripped out their family history and wove it into the plot of their show; The children claim that the use of their own images and portraits in the program without their permission violates their rights.
This comes after Michael spoke exclusively to DailyMail.com about his anger and disappointment that Sofia and her team rejected his offer to consult on the project.
He called the rejection a “slap in the face” and said they “wouldn’t have gotten away with it” if his mother was still alive.
The ‘Godmother of Cocaine’ was imprisoned from 1985 to 2004 in connection with drug trafficking and murder, and was subsequently deported to Colombia in 2004. She was shot to death, aged 69, in 2012 in front of a butcher shop in his native Medellín.