Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos

You're never too fat for a new purse.

Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos

When I used to do musical theatre, my dad refused to come backstage. He never wanted to see the props up close or the sets up close. He didn't want to see the magic.

Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos

And (cue music swell) motherhood turned out to be the most meaningful thing I've ever done with my life. Really.

Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos

My heroes in real life are definitely my mom for being true to herself, for having a foot in both worlds, for being so very polite - Canadian and also such a traditional Greek woman. I would sum it up this way: the life lesson she would say is be polite while you're breaking the rules.

Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos

My New Year's Resolution List usually starts with the desire to lose between ten and three thousand pounds.

Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos

I feel that the industry can be sliced into two categories - grateful actors and non-grateful actors. I'm always so appreciative that this has happened for me - and against all odds - as a middle child from Canada. I'm very grateful.

Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos

There's this constant guilt that comes with parenting. You always feel like you're never enough. If you're confident in your parenting, you probably suck at it.

Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos

My blood sugar went out of control. Diabetes runs in my family, so I went to see my doctor. He was like, 'Buck up,' and it was sort of the wake-up call that I needed to hear.

Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos

You're not ethnic enough. You're not fat enough. You're not thin enough. You're not blond enough. You're not dark enough. You're not young enough. You're not old enough.

Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos

When I write something, I constantly rewrite.

Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos

I was a very studious student and usually got A's. I did not like school, because I wasn't popular - I was a nerd.

Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos

Absolutely, I don't believe in rules. As I tell my daughter when she is mischievous, 'Well-behaved women rarely make history.'

Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos

I don't work that much because I am selective.

Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos

The popular girls let me hang out with them because I was funny. They told me that. 'You're not popular, but you're funny.' Now all my friends are funny.

Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos

Our daughter was not damaged or hurt in any way. She was simply relinquished to foster care by two people who were not ready to be parents. I admire them for giving her the chance for a better life. And I am grateful they gave my husband and me the opportunity to be parents.

Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos

On the publicity tour of 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding,' I was asked over and over again, if, as the writer, I felt it was a fair depiction of real life to have someone of my er, below average looks, hook up with hottie John Corbett.

Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos

I couldn't get an acting job to save my life when I moved to L.A.

Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos

Let's face it: Russell Crowe is fat and no one ever talks about it.

Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos

I thought I was attractive when I shot 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding.' Studio executives and movie reviewers let me know I had a confidence in my looks that was not shared by them. In other words, they labeled me with words like overweight, unattractive, unappealing.

Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos

It's impossible for success to go to your head with a Greek mom - no way.

Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos

We were so unprepared that when my husband took off to get groceries, and we'd adopted a 3-year-old, he came back with baby formula, a steak and a teething ring. We had no idea what we were doing. But you learn. There's no way to fully prepare. Just eyes wide open - jump.

Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos

I have found that every family has a strange remedy for any situation - from 'Use Fantastic to get the scuff off your patent leather shoes!' to 'Soak an aspirin in a glass of water to get rid of a migraine.'

Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos

Socially, the issue of men's weight is simply not a big deal. Let's face it: Russell Crowe is fat, and no one ever talks about it. Alec Baldwin just orders his suits a size bigger, and we continue to swoon.

Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos

The candid and honest and pure heartedness of children has strengthened my views that we are all equal and should be afforded the basic human rights that we all deserve.

Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos

The white hot publicity that came from 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' was appreciated but not sought, so I was happy to walk away from it and then write.