My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Then and Now
Fifteen years ago, a sweet film about a lonely woman and her zany Greek family became the sleeper hit of the year. Since then, there has been a sequel, a short-lived TV series, and dozens of projects for the My Big Fat Greek Wedding cast. Catch up with the stars 15 years later, ahead.
Nia Vardalos (Toula)
Nia Vardalos arrived at this big fat wedding as both writer and star, and scored an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Since then, Vardalos has continued her acting work, reuniting with My Big Fat Greek Wedding costar John Corbett in 2009’s I Hate Valentine’s Day (which she also wrote and directed), and going on to appear in episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, Cougar Town, and The Catch. Most recently, she provided voice work on several projects and appeared as Annie Spiro on the Epix original series Graves.
John Corbett (Ian)
In the midst of his run as Aidan in Sex and the City, John Corbett joined My Big Fat Greek Wedding as Ian Miller. He followed up the gig with turns in United States of Tara, Parenthood, and Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. This summer, Corbett will appear in All Saints, a film about salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock.
Lainie Kazan (Maria)
Lainie Kazan signed on to play My Big Fat Greek Wedding matriarch Maria Portokalos with decades of experience to her name. The My Favorite Year and St. Elsewhere alum returned to the big screen in Gigli and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan. Since wrapping the Greek sequel, Kazan will next be seen in the films Garlic & Gunpowder and Tango Shalom.
Michael Constantine (Gus)
Already a lauded television actor well before joining the cast of Big Fat Greek Wedding, Michael Constantine turned Windex into a miracle far beyond a simple glass-cleaning solution as Gus. The 89-year-old star, who reprised his role in the 2016 sequel, spent recent years appearing in shorts and making small-screen cameos.
Bess Meisler (Yiayia)
Making a hilarious turn as Toula’s paranoid, woeful grandmother, Bess Meisler was the comedic wildcard in both Greek Wedding films. The actress earned credits following the original movie with appearances in Daddy Day Care, Room 6, The Perfect Family, and episodes of Malcolm in the Middle and The Comeback.
Andrea Martin (Voula)
After spending years on SCTV and George and Martha, Andrea Martin made an unforgettable turn in My Big Fat Greek Wedding as Aunt Voula. The actress returned to the role for the sequel, also racking up roles in New York Minute, The Producers, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, and Sesame Street. In addition to her appearances on Difficult People, Martin will next be seen on NBC’s new sitcom Great News.
Louis Mandylor (Nick)
After rising to fame in Down the Shore, Grace Under Fire, Can’t Hurry Love, and Martial Law, Louis Mandylor signed on to play Toula’s freewheeling brother Nick in Greek Wedding. Mandylor hasn’t slowed down since — in 2017 alone, he has ten projects in the works, including a movie called Dirty Dead Con Men.
Gia Carides (Nikki)
Gia Carides was requisite girly-girl Nikki in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, a role she took on after appearing in Strictly Ballroom, Primary Colors, and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Like most of her castmates, Carides reprised her role in both the short-lived TV show based on the movie, My Big Fat Greek Life, as well as the film sequel. More recently, however, Carides landed roles in two high-profile projects: as Melissa on HBO’s Big Little Lies, and an unspecified role on the new Twin Peaks revival.
Joey Fatone (Angelo)
After making his big-screen debut in 2001’s On the Line, former *NSYNC member Joey Fatone landed a role as Nikki’s feisty brother Angelo in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. In the years since, the singer-turned-actor also became a producer, game show host (Family Feud among them), and dancer (as seen on Dancing with the Stars).
Fiona Reid (Harriet)
King of Kensington alum Fiona Reid brought the bundt cake as Ian’s mother Harriet in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. She reprised her role in the sequel, and went on to earn credits for One Week, The Time Traveler’s Wife, and Stoked. This year Reid stars in a period short, Chateau Laurier, which premiered at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival in March.
Bruce Gray (Rodney)
Along with his onscreen wife (played by Fiona Reid), veteran actor Bruce Gray provided one of the best foils in movie history, against which the Portokalos family shined as brightly as their very Greek front lawn. Gray, who has guested in an impressive array of popular TV series over his 50 year career, most recently appears in the short Chateau Laurier with his Greek co-star Reid, as well as the upcoming Geena Davis vehicle Don’t Talk to Irene.