Sofía Vergara was taken aback when Kelly Clarkson casually described the transformation into Griselda Blanco for Netflix's "Griselda" as "slight." The Modern Family star promptly urged the talk show host to "shut up" and set the record straight on the extensive efforts involved in embodying the notorious Colombian drug lord.
During The Kelly Clarkson Show on Wednesday, January 24, Kelly, 41, suggested that only minor changes, such as altering Sofía's nose, were made for the role. Sofía, 51, couldn't believe her ears and exclaimed, "What?! Are you crazy?!"
Attempting to clarify her point, the American Idol alum insisted that the alterations for Sofía's portrayal of Miami's "Cocaine Godmother" were so subtle that they appeared natural.
However, Sofía vehemently denied the notion, emphasizing the extensive process involved. "No Kelly, it was hours. Don’t be jealous! It was a wig!" Sofía playfully interrupted, urging the talk show host to "shut up," eliciting laughter from Kelly.
As Kelly acknowledged the makeup team's skill in making the transformation look "seamless," Sofía continued to assert the magnitude of the changes, including teeth, wig, and nose alterations. Eventually, the two reached an understanding, with Kelly praising the makeup team's work, describing it as so effective that Sofía appeared to be an entirely different person.
Sofía, serving as executive producer and portraying the lead in "Griselda," a biographical crime drama chronicling the life of the late Griselda Blanco, a prominent figure in Miami's cocaine trade from the 1970s to the early 2000s. The show portrays Blanco's involvement with the Medellín Cartel, led by Pablo Escobar, her arrest in 1985, and subsequent legal troubles.
However, amidst the show's release, Netflix and Sofía faced legal challenges. On January 19, TMZ reported that Blanco's adult children filed a lawsuit against the streaming service, alleging the unauthorized use of their family's image and likeness. In response, Griselda creator Eric Newman expressed familiarity with such legal battles, citing previous claims by the Escobar family for the TV series "Narcos." Newman defended the artistic freedom to tell a specific story, indicating that it shouldn't hinder others from presenting their own versions of the events.