So I love Nia Vardalos, and if you know what’s good for you, you will too. She wrote, directed, and starred in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” with John Corbett, which is one of my top favorite movies of all time. ANYWAY, she’s in the magazines right now because of her new movie “My Life in Ruins”, a romantic comedy set in Greece. However, weirdly enough (sarcasm) all the journalists want to ask her about is her recent forty pound weight loss.
In US Weekly, Nia muses about the double standard in Hollywood, namely, why is it when the somewhat homely girl gets the smokin’ hot guy, it is deemed unrealistic, while the ugly guy who gets the supermodel is praised as an everyman.
Case in point: Seth Rogen in “Knocked Up” with Katharine Heigl, one of the least funny movies I’ve ever seen. Seriously, I had to turn it off 30 minutes in after the vision of Rogen’s bare hairy ass had been impaled into my brain. Yet this is one of the most popular movies of recent times. Go figure, eh?
She also talks about her weight loss of forty pounds, about how people are so hopeful when they ask her how she did it, like does she have a secret magic formula that nobody knows about? Nope. Just like anyone else who needs to lose weight, she ate less and moved more. It’s a simple formula. Here’s what she had to say:
So, what exactly is up with my weight loss? I get hit with this awkward question daily and have answered it in press interviews, at the grocery store, at the newspaper stand. Why? Because I see their anxious, open faces needing the secret, the new pill, the cure, anything. Just please share the secret. So I hesitantly answer and am always met with the same response: the glaze-eye slack-jawed face.
Because they don’t want to hear the truth: I had a blood sugar problem so my Doctor ordered me to lose weight, it was really hard but I did it through diet, exercise and it took a year.
This is when the boredom sets in on the querying person. I might as well just shove an Ambien up their nostril. The gleam in their eye fades and they get sleepy.
No one wants to hear the facts about weight loss. It’s simple. Take that bag of Doritos and throw it as far as you can. Now chase after it. Pick it up, do it again.
Or don’t. You don’t have to lose weight, unless like me, it becomes an issue of health. I thought I was attractive when I shot ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding.’ Studio executives and movie reviewers let me know I had a confidence in my looks that was not shared by them. In other words: they labeled me with words like, overweight, unattractive, unappealing. Hey, just say fat.
Weight loss, frankly, sucks. It is about the least fun thing you can do with your time, because let’s face it, if you need to lose weight, it’s not going to come off chanting or wishing for a magic unicorn. I love how Nia isn’t rude about it, just very matter of fact and absolutely encouraging at the same time. LURVE her!