Nia Vardalos and her husband Ian Gomez are now the proud parents to a 10-year-old daughter and Nia's "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" hits theaters on March 25, which means things are definitely look good!
But a decade ago, things didn't feel so settled and sweet for Nia Vardalos, who is now 53.
Nia shot to fame in 2002 with the runaway success of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" -- the movie she both starred in and wrote.
It was around the same time that she and her husband Ian Gomez decided to try to start a family.
Unfortunately, that didn't come so easily for the couple and they embarked on a remarkable journey to become parents.
Part of that journey included 13 failed IVF treatments, several miscarriages and unsuccessful attempts to find a surrogate.
"It was a sad process for me to become a mom and a long process," Nia told People.com. "I felt so embarrassed that I couldn't have a biological child."
Nia and Ian's struggle to start a family ended up causing a delay on "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" in part because Nia's character, Toula, was set to become a mom at the end of the first movie -- which she felt she couldn't do until she was a mother.
"I wouldn't know the emotions of what to write," Nia explained about her reasoning for the 14 year break in between movies. "I just said, 'I can't do it.'"
But Nia and Ian never lost hope and ended up turning to the foster system in the United States, an idea that their good friend Rosie O'Donnell gave them.
After 8 years of struggling, Nia and Ian matched up with a 3-year-old girl, Ilaria, in 2008.
"I am so grateful and can't imagine my life without her," Nia has said about her now 10-year-old daughter.
Even though Nia opened up about her fertility struggles and happiness with adoption, she has decided to keep the identity of her daughter protected. Nia and Ilaria posed for photos in People, but Ilaria's face was never shown in any of the photos. Nor has Nia brought her daughter to any red carpet events with her. It's nice to see that Nia and Ian are trying to keep some semblance of normalcy for their family.
We're so happy for all of them and cannot wait to see "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" when it hits theaters.
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