The recently released Netflix crime drama series Griselda explores the real-life story of Griselda Blanco, the infamous Colombian drug lord known as the Cocaine Godmother.
With its engaging storyline and powerful performances, especially by lead actress Sofia Vergara, the show has captivated audiences worldwide since its premiere on Netflix on 25 Jan 2024.
Many fans are curious to know about the various sites that served as backdrops during the filming of Griselda’s inaugural season.
So let’s take a look at all the specific filming sites that were used to bring the Cocaine Godmother’s world to life on screen!
Griselda Filming Locations: Where was the show filmed?
The 2024 Netflix’s miniseries Griselda was filmed across locales in Los Angeles County and Miami, Florida – the two pivotal settings of the true story on which the series is based.
Principal photography for season 1 commenced on 17 January 2022 under the working title ‘Emerald’ and wrapped up by 30 June 2022, after over five months of shooting.
Los Angeles County, California
A major portion of Griselda was filmed in Los Angeles County in Southern California.
The county seat, Los Angeles city, was one of the primary production hubs, along with other cities within the county limits. Besides LA, the crew also shot extensively in Long Beach.
The lavish party scene was recorded at Casa Oceana, which doubled up as one of Blanco’s Miami properties. This sprawling 7,692 square feet property with stunning ocean views, a pool house and basement perfectly lent itself for the show’s 1970s/80s setting.
Former gay bar Club Ripples at 5101 East Ocean Boulevard hosted filming to depict the Miami hotspot El Floridita.
Key scenes were also taped in Redondo Beach city, and in the final week, San Pedro neighbourhood was used to film some important scenes. All shooting sites were dressed up to recreate the show’s period backdrop.
Los Angeles needs no introduction when it comes as a filming location, some of the recent productions that were done in the city of Angels include, The Bachelor 2024 season.
To maintain authenticity, the crew also traveled to Miami in Florida where the real Griselda Blanco operated her drug empire. Several of the episodes opening, were filmed across key landmarks in this beautiful coastal county seat of Miami-Dade County.
Lead actress Sofia Vergara also expressed her excitement on social media about getting the opportunity to work alongside a talented Latino cast and crew to bring the Cocaine Godmother’s powerful story to life on screen.
In conclusion, Los Angeles and Miami’s mixture of modern and vintage architecture proved to be an ideal fit to depict the world of Griselda Blanco during her reign in the 1970s/80s drug trade.
The crew made use of the striking locales found across these two cities to transport viewers right into the lavish yet gritty narrative of the queenpin’s journey to building her billion-dollar cocaine empire.
The cast of Griselda includes:
- Sofía Vergara as Griselda Blanco
- Alberto Guerra as Dario
- Juliana Aidén Martinez as June
- Martín Rodríguez as Rivi
- Jose Velazquez as Uber
- Orlando Pineda as Dixon
- Martín Fajardo as Ozzy
- Vanessa Ferlito as Isabel
- Fredy Yate as Chucho Castro
- Christian Tappan as Arturo
- Julieth Restrepo as Marta Ochoa
- José Zúñiga as Amilcar
- Gabriel Sloyer as Diaz
- Aurora Cossio as Estela
- Diego Trujillo as German Panesso
- Benson D. Larracuente as Michael Corleone
- Maximiliano Hernández as Papo Mejia
- Michael Reilly Burke as Captain Sweetwater
- Paulina Dávila as Isabel
- Karol G as Carla
- Camilo Jimenez Varon as Rafa Salazar
- Alejandro Barrios as Horatio
- Terence Davis as Richard Bear Joseph
- Dennis Mencia as Hiram
- Jessie Prez as Sal Magluta
- Ernesto Alterio
- Carter MacIntyre as Al Singleton
- David Piggott as Max Mermelstein
- Kayla Eva as Frida
- Taylor Handley as Billy Jenkins
- Matthew Bellows as Bob Palombo
Where to watch Griselda?
The biographical miniseries has been released on Netflix on 25 Jan 2024 inside the United States. All six-episodes can be streamed through a Netflix subscription.
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