Nia Vardalos - USA Today
Born Antonia Eugenia Vardalos, the Greek-Canadian-American writer and star who brought us so many laughs with the antics of her family-that-could-have-been-ours in My Big Fat Greek Wedding is about to do it again!
With special permission from the authorities and filmed against a magnificent and unparalleled backdrop - the Acropolis, Olympia , Delphi and other archaelogical sites of Greece, My Life in Ruins Nia's latest movie is 100% pure Greek! The best thing that could happen to Greek tourism after last year's Mamma Mia with Meryl Streep and Piers Brosnan.
Nia, who co-wrote the screenplay and has based part of it on her own experiences, stars as Georgia, a Greek-American who has moved back to Greece and who has lost her 'kefi' or zest for living. Discouraged by her lack of direction in life, she works as a travel guide, leading a group of tourists as she tries to show them the beauty of her native Greece. Just as she has decided that it's not going to work out, the inevitable happens...
Apart from Nia Vardalos, the film stars Academy award winner Richard Dreyfus and Alexis Georgoulis, a Greek actor that she picked out from a magazine and who is perfect in the role of the tour bus driver. (Nia describes him as the George Clooney of Greece in an interview to USA Today. When women on the production team saw his audition tape during a lunch break, "we didn't move, breathe or chew," Nia Vardalos said. "When the scene was finished, everyone jumped up and down and said, 'We've found him!' " )
Greek American Rita Wilson with Richard Dreyfuss in a scene from the movieExecutive producers are Tom Hanks and wife, also Greek-American, Rita Wilson, who has a brief role in the film. This is the fourth time Wilson and her husband have collaborated with Nia. "We don't have a deal with Nia," she says to USA Today. "We just love her. Actually, the script came to us, and it just happened to take place in Greece. We wanted her to rewrite it, and it was just serendipitous."
My Life in Ruins - a hilarious comedy which will leave you with a smile on your face and a let's go-on-holiday feeling - had it's world premiere in Greece in April and has just opened at cinemas all over Greece. It opens in the USA on June 5th!
Don't miss it !!
As Nia says on Twitter 'My Life In Ruins is the small movie vs. 2 biggies. Hey, see all 3. Just please see My Life In Ruins on June 5th. We don't have billboards, we need your mouth!'
Click here to watch Nia speak about the film and other things on Good Morning America just before the American Premiere this week...
Click here to watch Nia and Alexis tell us about the movie...
Click here to watch the official trailer of My Life in Ruins...Click here to follow Nia on Twitter.
Click here to read more about Nia on Wikipedia.
Nia is heavily involved in the Global Greek Community, promoting and working passionately for causes which are dear to all our hearts. Thanks a million, Nia !!!
She will be at the Gabby Awards on June 19 in Chicago, and as a member of the Advisory Board, at the 3rd Los Angeles Greek Film Festival being held June 25 to 28, in LA, along with other prominent, and not-so-prominent but equally important, Greek-Americans involved in the movie industry.
Release dates for My Life in Ruins by country...some have already been but we are including them to give the total picture.
France 15 May 2008 (Cannes Film Market)
Germany 6 February 2009 (European Film Market)
USA 3 May 2009 (Tribeca Film Festival)
Greece 28 May 2009
USA 5 June 2009
Australia/ New Zealand 16 July 2009
Bulgaria 7 August 2009
Spain 7 August 2009
Netherlands 27 August 2009
Portugal 27 August 2009
Czech Republic 3 September 2009
Germany 3 September 2009
France 9 September 2009
Good Luck Nia! Kali Epityhia! Καλή Επιτυχία!