Opa! 10 Years Later, Snakkle Catches Up with the Cast of My Big Fat Greek WeddingTake one Greek singleton, throw in an all-American guy, and what do you get? Try the 2002 sleeper hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which grossed over $368 million worldwide. The Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson-produced film went on to become the highest-grossing romantic comedy of 2002—and of all time. Written by and starring Nia Vardalos, the Joel Zwick-helmed film told the story of Toula Portokalos, a single 30-year-old woman who feels stuck in her life as the unmarried “failed” sister of the Portokalos family. After Toula takes charge of her life, she meets the handsome and utterly white-Anglo-Saxon-Protestant Ian Miller (John Corbett), falling madly in love. Hilarity ensues when Toula’s Greek-to-the-nines family first disapproves and then wildly enfolds Ian into their Olympic embrace. Here’s a salute to our favorite Greek family and what they are up to today. By Katherine Butler
Vardalos was appearing in bit parts on shows such as The Drew Carey Show (1997) and Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place (1999) in Hollywood before she hit the jackpot with My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Writing. Starring as the lovelorn Toula, Vardalos’ relatable looks and razor-sharp writing captured the hearts of audiences, ultimately propelling the film to superstardom. The movie was based on a one-woman show performed by Vardalos.
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