Nia Vardalos’ Life Changed by Adoption

John Corbett, Nia Vardalos

John Corbett, Nia Vardalos

Nia Vardalos tells us she’s the happiest she’s ever been since adopting her four-year-old daughter from American Foster Care last year.  Still, this might be the only one for her and her husband Ian Gomez.

“Every day is so much fun around our house.  I’ll wake up in the morning and I’ll hear her voice from her room.  She’ll sing a song and I’ll think, ‘Wow, she’s really here!’  It’s made our house so much louder and happier,” says Vardalos, who definitely feels like a different person since becoming a mom.

“I’m more content in just everyday life.  I don’t really think about anything other than, ‘Is she happy?  Is she getting what she needs?'”

When asked if they plan to adopt again, she responds, “I’m very satisfied with it, and I’ve learned, with how long it took to get matched with our daughter, that you just cannot plan life.  I’m open to it, but I’m also extremely satisfied so I would not ask for more.”

Acting-wise, Vardalos has been very busy after a long hiatus, and after projects that didn’t match the level of success she attained with her runaway hit “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”

“It was more difficult to find the next little thing. I was offered a lot of big things but they were kind of soulless.  I chose to just write and wait,” says Vardalos of the break.

She’s now back onscreen with the recently-released “My Life in Ruins” – and with her July 3-opening, “I Hate Valentine’s Day,” which she wrote and directed.   Nia reunites with her “Greek Wedding” leading man, John Corbett, in the romantic comedy that bears the tagline, “She had him at ‘Get Lost.'”  Also in the cast is her good pal Rachel Dratch. “80 percent of the cast were friends that I asked to fly out to New York and they all slept on Rachel Dratch’s couch.  We didn’t have trailers or catering or anything on this thing.  It was really, really low budget.”

While she’s definitely happy with the end result, Vardalos admits she can be hard on herself.  “I heard from other directors that you always think — ‘If only I had four more weeks or this much more money.’  Of course I watch it and wish we had piles of money to spend, but the other part of me smiles and remembers how much fun we had.”

Emily-Fortune Feimster