Nia Vardalos says that the recently-announced “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” sequel came to fruition after a visit from her parents.
“My parents came to live with us for a month during the winter months, and just watching their dynamic, one night I went, ‘I got it! I got it!’ and just went to my office and finished it,” she tells CTV News.
Varadlos turned in the script for the film – which will again be produced by Tom Hanks’s shingle, Playtone – on co-star John Corbett’s birthday.
“I texted John Corbett and said, ‘Do you feel like kissing me again?’ He was like, ‘I’m in, baby,”‘ she laughed.
The sequel will, says Varadlos, feature a wedding. On the RSVP list? The original clan from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” – which included Louis Mandylor, Andrea Martin, Michael Constantine, Australia’s Gia Carides, and Varadlos’s real-life hubby Ian Gomez – as well as some surprise guests.
Vardalos has been pressured to write a sequel to her breakthrough hit for years. At the end of the original film, her character is pregnant; in real life, Varadlos was struggling to conceive.
“I was in such a struggle to become a mom that I just couldn’t do it. I just could not do the sequel for the simple reason it would be difficult to write an experience that I was not having. And the American press was so invasive,” she said.
“I thought, ‘I can’t do it,’ and I hid, and did all these other fun movies that I wanted to explore. Now that I am a mom, there is just such a story that I want to tell. And although just like the first one there are things that have been made up, the script for number two is from my real experience.”
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Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.