Sofia Vergara is recreating the image the audience has had of her for years, by opting to do the gritty character of The Godmother of '70s & '80s Miami underworld, Griselda Blanco in the titular show.
Co-created with Eric Newman, Andrés Baiz has directed every episode of his upcoming limited series on the life of La Jefa (The Boss) of the Miami underbelly of the 1970s and 1980s. Griselda, based on the life of the eponymous Griselda Blanco, will feature six episodes, each an hour long.
Griselda will be streaming on Netflix from January 25, 2024, onwards. Starring Sofia Vergara in the leading role of Griselda, the director took a calculated bet that paid off in the best possible manner. Griselda follows the story of an ambitious businesswoman from Colombia, who moves to America for a better life and actually ends up building an empire on her own, only with her words, and sticks and stones.
However, if the lady was restricted to success only in her professional sphere, then it would be unfair, for she was also a devoted mother, who balanced raising three children and a criminal husband easily while running one of the most profitable drug cartels in history.
Using her potent mixture of ruthless savagery as well as flexible charm, Griselda manages to expertly handle her empire and attempts to navigate the law in a similar manner. How long she is able to last in such a shifty business, without being murdered, is a miracle in itself and worth watching.
Painkiller-fame Eric Newman shared why he was not surprised by Sofia Vergara’s acting mettle, considering her erstwhile popularity in the comedy genre, “She was perfect for the role not only because she, like Griselda, is a single mother who came to America from Colombia with nothing and built an empire, but because it was unexpected of her to do.”
It is not always the actions that are magnificent, but the source it comes from, especially if it had previously never received much recognition or appreciation. And Newman is right in acknowledging the actress as a “force of nature” who can achieve anything she sets her mind upon.
As Sofia Vergara had always been imagined in a particular way, a beautiful, talented comedic actress, her breaking the glass ceiling may be a surprise to the audience, but not to those who know her as being capable of “so much more than that.”