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Originally posted 04/12/2013 12:30PM
"I kept so much of what I went through quiet because of my feelings of failure," the actress tells PEOPLE of her journey
Originally posted 09/23/2012 10:00AM
"It's fall. I mean, when I last looked up it was June," writes the author of Instant Mom
Originally posted 12/22/2009 02:30PM
Nia Vardalos has a special helper in the kitchen for the holidays this year – her 4-year-old daughter.
"She's my sous chef," the My Big Fat Greek Wedding star told PEOPLE at the taping of the 11th Annual Home for the Holidays TV special. "I give her a plastic knife and just get her to chop things up. [For] Christmas, I suddenly have a young helper in the kitchen!"
Since announcing late last year that she and husband Ian Gomez had adopted a preschooler, Vardalos has started passing on her Greek heritage using her favorite holiday recipes.
Originally posted 06/12/2009 09:00AM
They charmed audiences as a couple in love in 2002's My Big Fat Greek Wedding – and now Nia Vardalos and John Corbett are rekindling their onscreen chemistry in I Hate Valentine's Day. PEOPLE.com has an exclusive look at the trailer for this summer's romantic comedy.
In it, Vardalos plays Genevieve, a flower-shop owner who loves romance but doesn't believe in relationships. She has a five date limit when it comes to guys. Enter the irresistible Greg (Corbett), who is taken aback by Genevieve's cynical perspective on love. Watch the trailer to find out how the couple's five dates turn out.
I Hate Valentine's Day opens in select theaters July 3 and will be available on the Movies on Demand channel across the country beginning July 1.
– Marla Lehner
Originally posted 05/30/2009 11:10AM
Before she soared to fame with her breakthrough role in 2002's My Big Fat Greek Wedding, actress Nia Vardalos had been determinedly struggling with infertility for a decade. In 2004, the battle came to an end. After being told it was unlikely she and husband Ian Gomez would be able to conceive, Vardalos retreated from the spotlight to focus on writing and to "just grieve what had happened to me," she tells PEOPLE.
In the process, the actress put on weight and began to suffer from dizzy spells. "My blood sugar went out of control. Diabetes runs in my family so I went to see my doctor," she says. "He was like, 'Buck up,' and it was sort of the wake-up call that I needed to hear."
Originally posted 05/09/2009 11:25AM
Talk about your big fat surprises: With one phone call, Nia Vardalos had a daughter. In this exclusive Mother's Day essay for PEOPLE, the star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding talks in detail for the first time about the shock, chaos and "peaceful gratefulness" that came after she and husband Ian Gomez adopted a 3-year-old girl.
Originally posted 05/04/2009 02:25PM
When Nia Vardalos hit the red carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday night, onlookers couldn't help but notice that the star was noticeably slimmer. The My Big Fat Greek Wedding actress shed 40 lbs. with diet, exercise – and some tough sacrifices.
"I broke up with cheese," Vardalos recently told PEOPLE. "I always say like cheese keeps calling me and trying to get me to meet at a cheap motel but I'm really committed to just staying single for awhile."
Although Vardalos says that she did "like 50 other things" to lose the weight, she claims that eliminating cheese from her diet "was the thing that changed my life."
Originally posted 11/14/2008 06:40PM
Nia Vardalos, the breakout star of the 2002 hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding, has adopted a child.
The little girl, whose name has not been released, is the first for the 46-year-old actress and her husband, Ian Gomez, E! Online reports.
The couple adopted the toddler, who is less that 5 years old, several months ago.
Originally posted 08/25/2004 06:00AM
With OutKast up for five MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 29 (they'll perform at the show, too), we're counting on the hip-hop group's sartorial savant, Andre 3000, to dazzle on the red carpet. We caught up with him recently to talk fashion. Have you picked out what you're wearing to the VMAs yet? No.
Originally posted 06/28/2004 06:00AM
Talk about carrying a torch for your homeland. Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) recently celebrated her Hellenic heritage by toting the Athens-bound flame through the streets of New York City. "When I started to run, that's when it really hit me that, Oh, my God, I'm wearing the official Olympic gear they gave me, I'm holding the Olympic torch," she tells Insider. "As I ran, people were saying, 'Go, Nia, go!' I got so exhilarated and excited that I started to run faster and faster. (Only later) did I realize that from the minute I started until the minute I finished, I had been crying the entire time." Of course, her experience couldn't end without a true New York moment: "(At the finish line) my mom ran alongside me, and this cop said to her, 'Move out of the way!' And she said, 'You move out of the way – that's my daughter!' "
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