These 13 Comedians Took A Major Risk To Play Dramatic Characters, And They All Absolutely Paid Off

Sofía Vergara is set to star in one of her most dramatic roles to date. The actor, who is best known for her work in the long-running hit comedy series, Modern Family, will star in an upcoming Netflix miniseries inspired by the life of Griselda Blanco.

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Griselda was a Colombian woman who became known as "the Godmother" for leading a Miami-based cartel in the '70s and '80s, and Sofía will play her in the series titled Griselda. Much more is still to come about the project, which drops on Jan. 25.

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What's clear right now, though, is that Sofía transformed her appearance for this dramatic role, as evidenced by the teaser trailer below.

Check out the side-by-side of the Sofía in-and-out of character as Griselda:

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Steve Granitz / FilmMagic, Courtesy of Netflix

Of course, Sofía is not nearly the first comedian to become pretty unrecognizable while throwing themselves into a serious project. So here are 13 other funny actors who went for broke physically (and often emotionally) to play a character in a dramatic TV show or movie:

1.Niecy Nash-Betts in 2022:

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Niecy Nash-Betts in Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story:

closeup of her in character wearing no makeup and large framed glasses

Here's a side-by-side:

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Unique Nicole / WireImage, Courtesy Of Netflix

2.Adam Sandler in 2019:

closeup of him in a suit
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Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems:

closeup of him wearing small tined glasses and studded earrings

Here's a side-by-side:

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3.Melissa McCarthy in 2018:

closeup of her at an event
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Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me?:

closeup of her character with dull hair and bangs

Here's a side-by-side:

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4.Aubrey Plaza in 2017:

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Aubrey Plaza in Legion:

closeup of her character with short hair

Here's a side-by-side:

  JB Lacroix / WireImage / Getty Images, FX/Hulu
JB Lacroix / WireImage / Getty Images, FX/Hulu

5.Jennifer Aniston in 2014:

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Monica Schipper / Getty Images

Jennifer Aniston in Cake:

her character with no makeup on and shorter hair

Here's a side-by-side:

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6.Seth Rogen in 2015:

closeup of him in a suit
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Seth Rogen in Steve Jobs:

his character wearing a jacket with his hair a little longer and wire framed glasses

Here's a side-by-side:

  Vera Anderson / WireImage
Vera Anderson / WireImage

7.Steve Carell in 2014:

closeup of him in a suit
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Steve Carell in Foxcatcher:

steve's character with a different face structure and gray hair

Here's a side-by-side:

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8.Jack Black in 2012:

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Jack Black in Bernie:

his character holding a gift basket wearing a button down and hair combed down and a mustache

Here's a side-by-side:

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9.Mo'Nique in 2009:

closeup of her in a sleeveless dress
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Mo'Nique in Precious:

her character with no makeup and a wrap on her head

Here's a side-by-side:

  Vera Anderson / WireImage / Getty Images, Lionsgate/Fandango/YouTube / Via youtube.com

10.Drew Barrymore in 2009:

closeup of drew with platinum blonde hair and a beaded shirt
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Drew Barrymore in Grey Gardens:

drew with shorter eyebrows and scarf around her head wearing a fur coat

Here's a side-by-side:

  Steve Granitz / WireImage / Getty Images, HBO/HBOMax
Steve Granitz / WireImage / Getty Images, HBO/HBOMax

11.Sacha Baron Cohen in 2007:

closeup of him wearing glasses and a baseball cap
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Sacha Baron Cohen in Sweeney Todd:

his character with a thin mustache and longer hair slicked down and curled out

Here's a side-by-side:

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12.Eddie Murphy in 2006:

closeup of him in a suit
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Eddie Murphy in Dreamgirls:

his character with bigger hair, wearing a colorful suit and gold jewelry

Here's a side-by-side:

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13.Jamie Foxx in 2004:

closeup of him in a suit
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Jamie Foxx in Ray:

his character wearing a suit with a bowtie and thin sunglasses

Here's a side-by-side:

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Of course, we couldn't fit every single great example of a comedian giving it all they've got in a dramatic role, so tell us who we missed in the comments below!