During an appearance on HuffPost Live,
Nia Vardalos said that she surprised Joey Fatone with a coming out
gay storyline in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.
The sequel, which comes 14 years after
the original, opens Friday.
Vardalos, who wrote and stars in the
films, said that Fatone was unaware that his character of cousin
Angelo would come out in the sequel.
“I knew that Joey could do it,”
said. “I wrote it as a surprise for him because I like to
challenge the actors in certain ways. The reason I wrote it in is
because I feel that with the gay and lesbian issue – it is not
their issue, it is our issue. And the more that we speak out for
each other's issues, the louder our voices will be.”
She added that Fatone didn't read the
script until “a couple of nights before we started” filming.