Daughter’s bravery helped Vardalos write Mom memoir
ON Wednesday night in Toronto, Oscar-nominated screenwriter-actress Nia Vardalos scored a formidable addition to an already impressive resumé: bestselling author.
Vardalos was in T.O. on a book tour for her memoir/adoption guide Instant Mom. Over the phone, she practically bubbles with recalling how she got to share the news of the literary coup.
As is often the case with Vardalos, members of her family and friends were involved.
“(They) came in for my book signing at Indigo, and we all went for dinner. I pulled my phone out and I saw a bunch of emails, so I checked to make sure everything was OK.”
More than OK. The book had hit bestseller status for pre-sales alone. Not all the book store outlets have checked in with physical sales figures.
“It’s amazing that it happened so quickly,” Vardalos says.
Maybe not that amazing. The Winnipeg-born Vardalos pretty much proved she has a way with connecting to a huge and appreciative audience following the unprecedented success of the 2002 movie she wrote and starred in, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, a modest US$5-million comedy that grossed in the neighbourhood of a quarter of a billion dollars.
But where Greek Wedding was a highly fictionalized account of her betrothal to fellow actor and hubby Ian Gomez, Instant Mom is a revealing account of Vardalos’s inspiring relationship with her adopted daughter, Ilaria.
Vardalos and her husband, Ian Gomez.