Sofia Vergara Sought the Expertise of Jennifer Aniston’s Acting Coach to Prepare for Her Role in ‘Griselda’

Published 01/27/2024, 1:15 AM EST

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When Modern Family hit the screens in 2009, it was a huge moment for Colombians. The inclusion of a Colombian actress, Sofia Vergara, marked the first time a major ABC television show featured someone from Colombia. Even though Sofia Vergara was not widely known in the English-speaking world back then, it marked a significant stride for the representation of Latinas in American TV. However, this soon turned into a double-edged sword, pigeonholing the actress and limiting her acting opportunities.

Her heavy accent led to her being typecast, limiting her roles to comedy. The opportunity to break free from this mold finally arrived with Sofia’s role in the movie Griselda. Vergara, keen on making the most of the opportunity, opted to fine-tune her acting abilities with the guidance of Jennifer Aniston‘s acting coach, who introduced her to unique exercises.

Sofia Vergara took the aid of Jennifer Aniston’s acting coach

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Sofia Vergara recognized that her acting opportunities are not very wide, as she shared with the Los Angeles Times. However, she saw Griselda, the notorious Colombian drug lord, as a rare dramatic character where she could truly showcase her acting prowess. Portraying a ruthless drug lord required a departure from her usual comedic roles, leading Vergara to explore new acting techniques. To master this transformation, she sought the expertise of acting coach Nancy Banks, celebrated for her collaborations with Jennifer Aniston and Margot Robbie.

Under the guidance of Nancy Banks, Sofia Vergara took a mental detour to understand her character in a fresh light. It was like a cerebral adventure, prompting her to ask what her character longed for from the other characters and what aspirations fueled her character’s dreams. This was the same method that Jennifer Aniston, too, talked about when she first transitioned from a beloved comedy star to a revered drama actor with the acknowledgment of the Television Academy.

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Jennifer Aniston earned her first-ever Emmy nomination for dramatic acting in 2020 for The Morning Show on Apple TV+. The actress showered praise on her acting coach, Banks, and the invaluable nuggets of wisdom that shaped her journey.

Jennifer Aniston shared how Nancy Banks helped her on her journey 

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In a June episode of Variety’s Actors on Actors, Jennifer Aniston shared the screen with co-star Lisa Kudrow. Showering praise on Aniston’s performance in The Morning Show, Kudrow lauded her as completely deserving of the Emmy nod. Aniston, in turn, attributed her success to the guidance of actor and coach Nancy Banks, highlighting her as an “incredible woman” with whom she collaborated to deconstruct scripts.

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Aniston shared her journey of script analysis with Banks, leading to the discovery of a fresh perspective on acting that had eluded her throughout her extensive career. Jennifer Aniston’s past Emmy accolades, marked by a single win, were predominantly in the comedy genre. However, her depiction of morning news anchor Alex Levy in Kerry Ehrin’s streaming series has positioned her for notable acclaim. Despite falling short of an Emmy victory in 2024, there is an anticipation that Aniston might find success at the imminent SAG Awards.

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Hriddhi Maitra

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Hriddhi Maitra is a Hollywood News reporter at Netflix Junkie. An enthusiastic movie buff, Hriddhi found her true calling when she worked as a Cinema Content Writer at My Cinema Story while analyzing movies objectively, and offering constructive feedback. Coming from a background where she worked in different niches like finance, food, travel, medicines, automobile, and entertainment, we can safely say she is a jack of all trades.

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