Catching feelings with our "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" and "SATC" crush John Corbett
Pass the Windex! It’s been 14 years since the indie darling My Big Fat Greek Wedding was released in 2002, becoming the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time and earning writer and star Nia Vardalos an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Now, the cast is back for the sequel, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 — which will be released in theaters tomorrow. (Take it from someone whose family watched the first movie on repeat — and quotes it constantly — the sequel is a hilarious, heartwarming, and most importantly a fun follow-up to the first film.)
HelloGiggles had the opportunity to sit down with actor John Corbett (you know, Ian from My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Aidan from Sex and the City) after watching MBFGW 2 to take part in our series Catching Feelings. Catching Feelings is one of our fave series, during which we ask male celebrities we love to get mushy with us and talk emotions, fears, and feels. Not surprisingly, John was a very good sport about it.
HelloGiggles (HG): When the first Greek Wedding came out, did you ever anticipate that it would become a film that’s so beloved by so many people?
John Corbett (JC): Not on any level. A little movie we shot in Canada for a couple million bucks? No way — with a girl (Nia Vardalos) that nobody had ever heard of? I was kinda the most famous person in that movie, and I was by no stretch a movie star; I was a guy who was on some TV shows. So no, I didn’t think anyone was going to see it.
HG: So how did that experience making the first one compare to coming back and reuniting with everyone?
JC: The first one was a little dramatic for me on one little level, which was I was making another movie at the same time called Serendipity. [There were] quite a few days where everyone from that job would get in a van and go home from work and I’d get in a van and start work for 12 hours on Big Fat Greek Wedding. I’d maybe get two hours of sleep and then I had to go back to work [on Serendipity] and my head was just spinning. It was hard to enjoy some of it because I was kinda exhausted, I’d got in over my head in saying yes to both.
Coming back this time, I got to really sit back and say, “Okay, dude, enjoy this now. Know what’s going on.” I didn’t really pay attention a lot of times back then. There are a lot of scenes I kinda don’t even remember shooting because I was so tired. In both movies, by the way. [Laughs]
HG: Why do you think now is the right time for the sequel?
JC: Well, there are a lot of reasons. Nia likes to say it was because she wasn’t a mom and she didn’t have anything to write about and she thought the story was over. You can’t write something like that, and have all that money be made, and an Oscar [nomination] thrown around, and not be scared to write the second one.
HG: There’s pressure.
JC: That’s a lot of pressure. Not to mention life went by, and then she did adopt a little girl and got to see some of her parents in herself, and then wrote this great story. I don’t think we would’ve had a good story if she wrote it two years [after the first Greek Wedding]. It was worth the wait because we would’ve had a sequel that probably no one remembered — and now I think [the sequel] might be the favorite for some people.
HG: And now, onto the feeling questions. What makes you irrationally angry?
JC: Disrespect of time. People not honoring my time, making me wait when we agreed on a certain time to be somewhere. “I got there. I would’ve enjoyed 15 minutes more of doing whatever. F— you.” That gets me in a big, big way.
HG: Is there a song or a movie that makes you cry?
JC: I used to cry when I was younger to a Seals and Crofts song. It might have been [Sings] “Hummingbird, don’t fly away \ fly away \ don’t fly away.” And that song used to [Laughs] tear me up. Jim Croce’s song “Operator” used to make me sad, because it was about a guy being far away from home and not being able to get the one he wanted on the phone.
HG: You’ve played a lot of romantic guys on screen, but what do you consider a romantic gesture in real life?
JC: Around my house, it’s probably mucking out the horse stables. If I muck out the horse stables or if I feed the horses, I get much more love and attention than if I bring home flowers or take somebody out to a fancy dinner.
HG: What makes you really happy?
JC: Being with my three loving dogs — two German Shepherds and an Irish wolfhound — and the lady in my life, my girl who puts up with me. She looks out for me and takes care of me and laughs at all my dumb jokes.
HG: That’s what love’s all about, right?
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 opens nationwide March 25. See it, see it, see it.