Actress Sofía Vergara brought her signature humour to The Tonight Show on Tuesday night, where she playfully discussed her upcoming role as Griselda Blanco in the Netflix miniseries of the same name. The episode, which aired on January 16, saw Vergara entertaining the audience with anecdotes about her experiences on set.
Portraying the real-life Colombian businesswoman who operated a drug cartel in the 1970s and ’80s, Vergara shared how director André Baiz became her guiding force in mastering the complex role. In a lighthearted manner, she jokingly mentioned Baiz teaching her various aspects, including how to smoke and do cocaine for the role.
“I didn’t know anything. He taught me how to smoke. He taught me how to do cocaine. He taught me a lot,” Vergara quipped, leading to laughter from the audience and a cautious response from host Jimmy Fallon.
Amid the laughter, Vergara continued, “It was amazing because I was 51 years old and I didn’t even know how to, you know, how to light a cigarette. I’ve never done cocaine. So it’s like, it was amazing. It was like, a great experience.”
The audience’s laughter prompted Vergara to clarify that the drug use on set was entirely fictional. “The cocaine that I did was fake,” she quickly added. “But I had to pretend. The cigarettes are also fake. Everything was, it’s fake. But the acting was real.”
Vergara also touched on her close relationship with her former Modern Family castmates, revealing their ongoing communication through group chats. She playfully teased co-star Ed O’Neill about his texting habits, noting his delayed reactions and joking about his proficiency with technology.
When asked about a possible Modern Family reboot, Vergara remarked, “It’s only been four years. It doesn’t seem right. I feel like we need a little more time. Well, but we don’t have much time because Ed is old so.”
Fans can catch Sofía Vergara’s portrayal of Griselda Blanco when the Netflix miniseries premieres on January 25.
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