With only weeks away from the premiere of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, fans are dying to see more of Penelope Cruz's impressive makeover for her role as Donatella Versace.
Cruz, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the designer thanks to a blond wig and nude lips, reveals there is no bad blood between them because of the show. The Spanish beauty told Entertainment Tonight she made sure to call Donatella to get approval when she landed the role of Gianni's sister on the anticipated TV show.
Parece a Donatella de verdade, mas é só a Penélope Cruz como Donatella Versace pra nova temporada de American Crime Story. Tá muito parecido, doido!!! Certeza que essa mulher vai arrasar pic.twitter.com/cIRFMAOHFZ
— hetaira (@madonawhore) December 22, 2017
"When [ACS creator] Ryan [Murphy] told me, I said to him, 'This sounds really interesting, but I have to make this call and I have to talk to Donatella,'" the 43-year-old said. "I called her and we spoke, like, for an hour. I needed that conversation to say yes."
And while the late fashion designer's family has criticized the series as a "work of fiction," the actress assures everything is cool with the vice president of Versace group. "It was a conversation where, I cannot share everything we talked about, but we have a good relationship," she added.
Omg Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versacepic.twitter.com/LxCFip7JSj
— Jessica Vince (@Jessie_Vee) January 4, 2018
In a statement released on Monday, Versace's family has come forward to let fans know they had no involvement in the show. “The Versace family has not authorized nor has it in any way been involved in the TV series dedicated to the death of Gianni Versace,” the family said in a statement. “Since Versace has not authorized the book from which it is partially drawn and has not taken part in writing the script, this TV series must be considered a work of fiction.”
Since then, FX, the network that will air the show, has released a statement supporting Ryan Murphey's mini-series:
"Like the original American Crime Story series The People vs. OJ Simpson, which was based on Jeffrey Toobin's nonfiction bestseller The Run of His Life, FX’s follow-up The Assassination Of Gianni Versace is based on Maureen Orth's heavily researched and authenticated nonfiction best-seller Vulgar Favors, which examined the true life crime spree of Andrew Cunanan. We stand by the meticulous reporting of Ms. Orth.”
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story premieres January 17 on FX. While we count down the days until the premiere, check out the trailer below: