Nia Vardalos says life is far from "in Ruins"

Tue Jun 2, 2009 4:24pm EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The title of her new movie is "My Life in Ruins" but Nia Vardalos who shot to fame in the 2002 autobiographical hit "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" couldn't be happier.

The actress returns to the Greek theme in her first big screen outing in five years, playing a tour guide who goes to Athens to regain her mojo -- or kefi as the Greeks call it.

The romantic comedy also stars Richard Dreyfuss as a witty widower in the tour group from hell discovering Greece's ancient treasures. It opens in U.S. theaters on June 5.

In reality, Vardalos, 46, rediscovered her own joy in life more than a year ago when she got fit, dropped 40 pounds, and adopted a three-year-old girl with her husband, actor Ian Gomez, after a long struggle to conceive.

"In 2004 I came to the end of a 10-year infertility battle that knocked me over. So I decided to just quietly withdraw and write, and I enjoyed it.

"Now having come through it, I highly recommend it. I think when you let go and try and stop making things happen, you come out of it quite invigorated," Vardalos told Reuters.

Vardalos says she fell hard for the character of Georgia in "My Life in Ruins" although it was a rare instance of playing a role she hadn't written herself.

"She (Georgia) was so controlling and she had to learn to let go. I've always been told, work hard and anything you want can be achieved. That actually turns out not to be that true.   Continued...

<p>Cast member Nia Vardalos attends a screening of "My Life in Ruins" at the Zanuck theatre in Los Angeles May 29, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>