Nia Vardalos on the cover of Marie Claire Greece!

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Nia Vardalos was photographed exclusively for the cover of Marie Claire Greece shortly before the premiere of her new movie, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3."

The Greek-born actress and writer, who made the whole planet identify with her funny, tender story in the film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", returned to her parent's country of origin for the filming of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3", which we will see in theatres on September 7.

Vardalos is photographed exclusively for Marie Claire Greece and talks about the loss of her real and cinematic father. This led her to this film and gave her two goals: to make the audience want to reconnect with their family and visit Greece.

Nia Vardalos Maria Claire

Nia Vardalos Maria Claire

Nia Vardalos Maria Claire

Nia Vardalos Maria Claire

The first official trailer gives a taste of the Portokalos family's journey to meet Gus' friends and cousins.

Watch the trailer:

Toula explains in a voiceover that "a lot has happened" since her big fat Greek wedding to her hubby, Ian Miller (John Corbett.)

"My father passed away and his last wish was for us to visit his childhood village and reconnect with our roots," says Toula. "So we're having a reunion."

"And by 'we,' I mean, the whole family," she adds as viewers see Toula's lively Aunt Voula (Andrea Martin) offering fellow airplane passengers treats from a box of homemade souvlaki she brought aboard the flight.

The trailer reveals that Toula is on a mission to find her late dad's best friends, but first she'll have to endure the surprise of bunking under one roof with her many rowdy family members.

Breathtaking images of Greece — filled with ancient seaside homes and bustling street markets — make for a gorgeous backdrop. In one scene, the family engaged in street dancing with locals while Aunt Voula grills Toula's daughter, Paris (Elena Kampouris), about her connection to a boy named Aristotle (Elias Kacavas).

Near the trailer's end, we see Toula and Ian sharing tender moments amid the chaos, reminding viewers that all these big fat Greek laughs began more than 20 years ago when the unlikely pair fell for one another.

The original “Big Fat Greek Wedding” premiered in 2002 and became the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time, earning a total of $368 million worldwide over the course of nearly one calendar year of play at the box office.

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