Candian actress, screenwriter, producer, and director Nia Vardalos has recently been open about her daughter. The actress had been very private about her daughter for quite some time now.
However, she finally opened up about the adoption journey. This article has compiled some interesting facts about Nia’s daughter Ilaria Gomez.
Who is Ilaria Gomez?
Ilaria Gomez is the adopted daughter of Nia Vardalos and her ex-husband Ian Gomez. The couple adopted Ilaria Gomez back in the year 2008.
The couple spent several years trying to make a baby while also going through several rounds of IVF, multiple failed miscarriages, and unsuccessful surrogacy. Nothing really worked in their favor until they finally were able to match and adopt Ilaria.
Vardalos says that when she first looked at her now-adopted daughter, she fell in love with her at first sight. In an interview with Canadian Living, the screenwriter shared that she always imagined her child to have golden locks of hair. And, when Ian and Nia went for adoption, she instantly thought, “I found you”.
The Canadian director also shared that since Ilaria was a little too young at the time of her adoption, she was sad, angry, and confused at that time. But it took a little time to get along with her new parents.
Ilaria is happily living with her parents co-parenting her since they got divorced in 2018.
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Ilaria Gomez Age
Gomez was 3 years old when Nia and Ian decided to adopt her back in 2008. As of the year 2023, she is 18 years old.
Nia Vardalos’ Daughter Ilaria Gomez
The actress loved Ilaria so much that she also wrote a book dedicating it to her motherhood with the title, Instant Mom (HarperCollins, 2013).
Nia became a mother in a matter of just 14 hours. She found the best friend that she had been longing for such a long time, and through so many efforts.
The 60-year-old actress admits to her life being changed in the best way possible after Ilaria came into her life. In her book, she writes, “Being a mother,” she adds, “actually being my daughter’s mother has changed me. My daughter filled a raggedy hole in my heart. She is the love of my life.”
Despite her being a first-time mom, Nia excelled in her duty as one. She was not a celebrity around her daughter. Instead, she was a regular mom doing chores, packing Scooby Dooby’s lunch boxes, and being amused by what her growing daughter did.
The Canadian director makes sure to recall how Ilaria wrote her first dirty word on a school bus in her book. Besides this, she also talks about Gomez’s curiosity upon seeing a gay couple at a cafe.
Ilaria Gomez Hobbies
Ilaria is a very enthusiastic girl. She loves to playdate chaperones, her favorite show is Scooby Dooby Doo, and she has a big love for carpool karaoke.
Besides this, Gomez has been known to tell her mom that she is “not cool”. But Nia has always taken this as a humorous review from her daughter.
Moreover, the 18-year-old is fond of talking to her mother in the car about her life. She makes sure to parent her own mother when it comes to asking her to stay a little quiet in the car.
Ilaria Gomez Relation With Father Ian Gomez
Ilaria Gomez is quite close to her father Ian Gomez. After all, she has taken after his last name.
After Ian and Nia separated, Ilaria mostly stays with her mother. However, Ian has been co-parenting for Ilaria since 2018.
It was both Ian and Nia who attempted to make a baby and failed for 9 years. Hence, he is as deeply attached to Ilaria as much as Nia is.
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