Actress Nia Vardalos chats with us on her most important role ever! [video]

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The Second City gave Nia Vardalos a foot in Hollywood’s door but before her first big break in cinema, the Windy City was once home for her. From Winnipeg to Chicago, she set her life in comedy sharing  The Second City stage with the likes of Chris Farley, and many more. She’s best known for her movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding that she’s written and starred in. For those of you who don’t remember, the movie was set here in our favorite city, Chicago.

Recently we’ve been seeing Nia everywhere on TV. This time touring for her new book called Instant Mom. Her Chicago book signing was held at the National Hellenic Museum and the #ChicagonistaLIVE caught up with her for a quick on-camera interview. Candidly she described her book as containing some “excessive name droppings”. It shed some light on how her career began with her now long-time friends, the super couple Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks. She then took her readers to what she now plays the most important role of her life: A mother. Instant Mom is about her often painful journey in finding her daughter through adoption. She talked about challenging moments like the 13 failed IVFs and on a happier note with just 14 hours notice of finally becoming a mom to a 3 years old. It was a laugh-out-loud book but be ready for a box of tissues! Instant Mom is by far the most honest parenting book I’ve read in a long time. Go get the book, but first check out our #ChicagonistaLIVE interview below.

By the way, she even mentioned about a new movie she’s working on!


MJ Tam

Head Chicagonista, Co-host of the Chicagonista LIVE! show, Founder of Women Driving Excellence. MJ is also the annual host of SocialRevUp - Brands & Bloggers Summit (#bbsummit) attended by about 200 professional high-profile bloggers nationwide. Follow MJ on Twitter: @mjtam

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