| Nia Vardalos and her new movie in Acropolis
My Big Fat Greek Wedding star Nia Vardalos is shooting the movie My Life in Ruins here in Greece. The 45-year-old Canadian actress plays a tour guide and has already been filmed at Delphi and Ancient Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic games — a big deal for a girl brought up Greek.
Yesterday, a real life dream of hers came true: the Winnipeg-born actress gained rare access to the ancient Acropolis as the backdrop for this upcoming comedy. "Imagine how I feel being here shooting a movie ... I can't believe things like this can happen to me," Vardalos said late Friday before the Acropolis shoot.
The comedy, My Life in Ruins, co-starring Richard Dreyfuss, is the first Hollywood production filmed on the Acropolis for 18 years. Archaeologists are concerned the ruins may be damaged.
Authorities vetted the film script for historical accuracy and convened a panel of senior archeologists to give final approval.
The time on the Acropolis is limited, Vardalos and the crew are only permitted one day on the site.
The Minister of Civilization Mr. Michalis Liapis after a meeting he had with the actress said: “I want to thank you for doing a wonderful job. You have already shown Greece to the whole world with your first movie and now with this. You have managed to show the ancient Greek civilization, as and modern Greece. I hope this movie to turn out a big success.
Author: Aspasia Polymerou