Nia Vardalos holds My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 very close to her heart.
In a new interview with Closer Weekly, the 53-year-old actress and screenwriter of the popular films revealed her inspiration behind the movie's sequel — and even shared her favorite scene from the blockbuster!
"What made me say no for so long is that I didn’t have an idea that I felt strongly enough about to write. Then my daughter, Illaria, started kindergarten and on the first day of kindergarten, I realized I had morphed into my own parents and that’s when I got the idea for the sequel, that day," Nia shared.
Nia in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. (Photo Credit: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2)
"I started writing that day probably and only because I was almost escorted off the premises of the school! I went to my little writing cave and channeled all my emotions and feelings of never wanting my daughter to go into the script," she continued. She also revealed that her real-life family is exactly like the Portokalos clan!
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The star gushed that her favorite scene from the film is the one where her father catches her having a romantic moment with on-screen husband, John Corbett, in a car. "We filmed it on the actual street we filmed 14 years ago. It was nostalgic for us too. It wasn’t a movie set, it wasn’t like we were making anything up," Nia shared. "The two of us sat in that car and looked at each other and [he said] ‘Weren’t we here just six months ago?’ That’s how quickly time goes by."
Nia and John in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. (Photo Credit: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2)
As for her relationship with the Sex and the City star, the two are extremely close off set! "John is one of my closest friends in the world he is really the guy that you see on screen. He was raised by a single mom so he loves strong women, he is funny, he’s a prankster, I just love him. He’s a great, great guy," Nia shared of the actor.
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When asked if the screenwriter is considering My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3, she replied, "The short answer is that I’m thinking and the long answer is that I still haven’t finished my nap!" We can only hope!
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is available on Blu-ray today.
Click through the gallery below to see the cast of My Big Fat Greek Wedding then and now!
Since playing Toula, Nia, 54, has starred in hit films My Life in Ruins, I Hate Valentine's Day and Larry Crowne. The mom-of-one — who is married to Ian Gomez, the actor who played Ian's Best Man in Greek Wedding — most recently appeared in an episode of Marry Me.
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