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Nia Vardalos On "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2"

By: Donna Freydkin

For starters, with her flowing blonde hair, Elena Kampouris doesn't look like she'd be the half-Greek daughter of Toula Portokalos, played by Nia Vardalos in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2," now in theaters.

And that's why New Jersey actress Elena Kampouris is beyond thankful that she listened to her dad and put herself on tape to audition for the role of Paris, the daughter of Vardalos and her movie husband, John Corbett. Paris wants to leave the nest. Mom isn't quite enamored of the idea. (Watch our interview with Vardalos above).

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"I don't look like a typical Greek girl. I knew my chances were slim. I knew I would get rejected and it would break my heart and I'd be disowned by my Greek family," says Kampouris, who's half-Greek in real life. "Nia looked past the surface and believed in me. I've only been doing this for four years."

By this, she means appearing in Jason Reitman's "Labor Day" and "Men, Women & Children." And just completing her very first magazine cover shoot, despite inclement weather.

"It was very fun. We were shooting out in the pouring rain in the streets of New York. It was freezing," she says.

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To make Kampouris believable, she was brunette in "Greek Wedding," and says she's hit the jackpot with her movie and TV families. She's learned that on set, you can't be difficult or precious, and punctuality is a must. Plus, kindness isn't optional, as she learned from working with Adam Sandler on "Women & Children."

"I have a miniature English bulldog named Petunia. Adam Sandler is so cool. He let me go into his trailer and play with his bulldog, whom he brings everywhere on set. He's just really awesome. He plays basketball with the cast and has lunch with the extras," she says.

Speaking of food, what's Kampouris' Greek go-to concoction? "My first dish would be grilled octopus drenched in lemon," she says.

We'll take that with a side of Windex.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 24: Nia Vardalos of 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2' attends AOL Build Speaker Series at AOL Studios In New York on March 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
Actress Nia Vardalos, the star and writer of the film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", smiles during an interview Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2002, in Los Angeles. Vardalos adapted the movie from her one-woman show about a woman who defies the traditions of her loud Greek family by marrying a man with a different heritage. (AP Photo/Krista Niles)
Actress Nia Vardalos, who wrote and starred in the blockbuster film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," poses for a photo in her hotel room March 17, 2004, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Her latest writing-acting effort is "Connie and Carla," in which she and co-star Toni Collette witness a Chicago mob murder, go on the lam to Los Angeles and pose as drag queens who become unlikely stage stars at a local gay bar. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
FILE - In this May 27, 2009 file photo, actress and screenwriter Nia Vardalos poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)
Actress Nia Vardalos arrives at The National Multiple Sclerosis Society's 35th Annual Dinner of Champions in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Nia Vardalos arrives at the 4th Annual Governors Awards at Hollywood and Highland Center's Ray Dolby Ballroom on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
FILE - In this April 9, 2014 file photo, Nia Vardalos attends the Zooey Deschanel for Tommy Hilfiger Collection launch event at The London Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. Universal Pictures has announced Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, that the studio acquired the domestic distribution rights to âMy Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,â a sequel to the beloved independent hit, with writer and star Vardalos set to return. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)
Actress Nia Vardalos arrives at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California February 26, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Nia Vardalos arrives at the The Hollywood Reporter's Annual Women In Entertainment Breakfast at Milk Studios on December 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
ASPEN, CO - JANUARY 23: Nia Vardalos accepts Logo's New Now Next award from Margaret Cho during the Logo New Now Next Honors From Aspen Gay Ski Week on January 23, 2016 in Aspen, Colorado. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images for Logo)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 06: Nia Vardalos arrives ahead of the Sydney premiere of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 at Event Cinemas George Street on March 6, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: Nia Vardalos appears on the 'Today' show on Monday, March 14, 2016 from Rockefeller Plaza in New York -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Nia Vardalos attends the'My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 18: Actress Nia Vardalos visits the SiriusXM Studio on March 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 344 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Nia Vardalos during an interview with host Seth Meyers on March 22, 2016 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE CHEW - Nia Vardalos is the guest, Tuesday, March 22, 2016 on THE CHEW, airing MONDAY - FRIDAY (1-2pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images) CARLA HALL, MICHAEL SYMON, NIA VARDALOS, DAPHNE OZ, CLINTON KELLY
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