Nia Vardalos, the writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, is now the cultural ambassador of Toronto’s Greek community.
The new position, The Canadian Press reports, is said to help with outreach among the more than 150,000 Greek-Canadians in the Toronto area, in addition to promoting Greek culture, which the actress is already wont to do.
The 51-year-old author of Instant Mom is currently in Toronto performing in a staged production of Steven Sondheim’s Company, but the Winnipegger rose to stardom in 2002 after she teamed with Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson to film My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
It’s reported that the friendship began after Tom’s wife, Rita, saw the staged version of the now-famous film and told Tom that they needed to produce it.
Since that fateful day, the Forrest Gumpactor’s production company Playtone Co. has worked with Nia on 2009’s My Life in Ruins, the swiftly canceled TV show My Big Fat Greek Lifeand 2011’sLarry Crowne.
The Greek-Canadian screenwriter is reportedly working on a sequel to My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which will reunite the actress withSex and the City’s John Corbett, who portrayed her husband in the smash comedy.
Nia is expected to receive a plaque commemorating the honour from the Polymenakion Hellenic Cultural Centre.