The actress, who is the sole reason behind the smash success of the film ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding,’ is none other than Nia Vardalos. Other than this film, she also appeared in several other hit movies. The success stories of her career go very long, so let’s get into the details and find out her achievements, earnings, and net worth in 2018.
Born on September 24, 1962, in Winnipeg, Canada, Nia Vardalos is a Canadian turned American actress, scriptwriter, and producer. As a child, she was named after her grandmother, so her birth name was Antonia Eugenia Vardalos, but later, the actress took up only Nia Vardalos. Nia belongs to a middle-class family. At that time, her father worked as a land developer while her mother was a homemaker.
Like any other kid, Nia completed her education, but she dreamt of becoming an actress since her childhood only. She attended Shaftesbury High School and later moved to Ryerson University. Here, she learned the acting professionally and then, broke into the industry. Nia is born Canadian, but she took American citizenship in 1999.
If we’ll talk about her personal life, Nia Vardalos is very committed, unlike other actresses of Hollywood. She fell in love with American actor Ian Gomez in the early 1990s. In 1993, the couple tied in the knot. The most beautiful thing about their relationship is that they’re falling more and more for each other with each passing day. Presently, they’re a happily married couple.
Though she belongs to a middle-class family, she had the high dreams since her childhood. She wanted to become an actress, so she grabbed every single opportunity she could. She started performing on small stages from the very early age. Then, she joined ‘Rainbow Stage’ which opened her way to enroll at Ryerson University with a scholarship.
After learning the acting professionally, she worked in ‘Toronto’s Second City Theater’ for a short period and then moved to Los Angeles. She first appeared in the TV sitcom ‘The Drew Carey,’ but it garnered her notable success.
The mainstream of success came for Nia with the film ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding.’ This film gave her a whole new identification and popularity. She wrote the script of this film too. She established herself with this film as an actress and scriptwriter. After that, she appeared in several other movies such as ‘Connie and Clara,’ ‘I hate Valentine’s Day,’ ‘My Life in Ruins,’ and ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding.’
However, ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ still remains the most successful film of Nia. She is also featured in a few TV shows including ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding.’ Yes, there is a TV show with the same name.
Awards & achievements
The Oscar Award nominee actress has won nearly 8 awards and 18 nominations over her entire career. She has been nominated for Screen Actors Guild Award, Teen Choice Award, MTV Movie Award, Critic Choice Award, and many more. Apart from the nominations, she has also won Independent Spirit Award, Canadian Comedy Award, and OFTA Film Award.
Net worth of Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos is a successful actress. She has been featured in many hits films which ultimately made a huge amount for her. Her film ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ alone earned nearly $375 million worldwide. With the fact, you can assume how much she has churned out with this film only. Well, she charged reportedly $150,000 for her acting in the film.
As we know, she is also an acclaimed scriptwriter; she charged $61,000 for the scriptwriting of the film. Now, you must have got an idea about her net worth. At present, the versatile actress is said to have a giant net worth of $12.5 million.
Success can come to you any time. Look at Nia Vardalos. Just a single film changed her career forever. Thereafter, she achieved success in every field where she tried her hands.