Nia Vardalos on the Phone Call That Changed Everything

06/14/2009 at 09:00 PM ET

Losing 40 pounds over two years ago left 46-year-old Nia Vardalos feeling great. “I have so much more energy now,” she notes in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, and the timing couldn’t have been better. Shortly thereafter, Nia welcomed a daughter via adoption. “I was alone in my house because my husband [Ian Gomez] was shooting a movie,” she recalls. “The phone rang and nothing came up on Caller ID. I was curious because usually it’s just my mother or sister calling.”

“It was a social worker saying, ‘Guess what? You’ve been matched.’ So there I was alone and my mind was racing. I couldn’t call Ian because he was on set. I kept texting him saying, ‘Are you finished yet?'”

When Ian finally returned the call, he received the good news; Nia says there was momentary silence, and then lots of tears from the proud new parents. “I begged him to drive carefully because this dream of our little family was so in my mind,” she explains. “I just wanted everyone to be safe.” After a sleepless night the couple — who are “very open” to the possibility of adopting again — began preparing to welcome home their daughter, now almost 4-years-old. Calling herself “the original Recessionista,” Nia says she is “trying to be fiscally responsible with little-girl outfits.” To that end, for Easter she purchased her daughter “the fluffiest white dress” from a discount store for under $10. “It was so cute, and I was practically giddy that I was buying my baby an Easter dress,” she recalls.

Nia adds that she’s hopeful her daughter will someday meet her birth mother.

“I hope in the years to come she will meet the woman who gave birth to her. I want her to have everything. Ian and I just look at each other and say, ‘We’re so lucky.'”

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

— Missy

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Valerie on

I very seldom comment, but every time I read about Nia’s story and the love she has for that little girl, It makes me cry. What a fabulous family and what a lucky, lucky little girl.

Anne B. on

I’m so happy for Nia and her family. She’s also an inspiration since I need to lose 30-40lbs and if she can do it at age 44, I can do it at age 41!

meghan on

Nia Vardalos never fails to put a smile on my face. She’s just great.

Sarah M. on

I’m so, so glad that she finally has the child that she’s always wanted. I wish them all the best!

Meredith on

I love that she hopes her daughter will one day meet her birth mother. I think it is so great when adoptive parents see the amazing gift they got in this child, and have such respect for the mothers and fathers who gave them up.

Jane on

Wow, what a lovely story. Nia is clearly in total bliss being a mother at last, and it’s very heartening to hear these kinds of stories. I also love the bit where she mentioned buying the Easter dress!

mazzie on

what a beautiful, pure love she has for her daughter… it doesn’t matter how it comes, as long as it’s there…

girlJordan on

I find myself reading this article over and over because her joy makes me joyous. What a beautiful family and what a lucky little girl to have a life filled with so much love.

Lisa on

ok…under ten dollars…that will be the only outfit.good luck with that when she gets to be older…

jazzie on

What a great story. Congratulations to this sweet little family, and I hope they will adopt a sibling for this lucky little girl.

Jennifer on

Nia’s stories are always so full of joy – you can just tell how happy she is to finally be a mother and how much she loves her little girl. I wish their family all the best! 🙂

V on

I am so happy for her, she seems to be truly ecstatic with her life right now, and speaking as an adopted person I think it’s wonderful that she would want her daughter to one day meet her birthmother. You have to be a special type of selfless to truly want that, and I hope everything works out for her.

JoJo on

I think she’s just the lovliest person – so, so happy for her!