Joey Fatone opens up about big development for his ‘Big Fat Greek Wedding’ character

NEW YORK, June 26 (UPI) — Actor and singer Joey Fatone said he was honored to be trusted with a poignant moment in the family comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.

Asked by UPI at a recent New York press conference before the film’s theatrical release about a touching scene in which his character comes out as gay and is warmly embraced by his relatives, Fatone said: “I think it was just amazing. … I had no idea at first. The woman who plays my sister — [actress] Gia [Carides] — was like, ‘Did you read the script yet? … And I was like, ‘No, do I die?’

“And she was like, ‘No.’ And she explained it to me and I was just in awe and I was like, ‘That’s cool.’ It’s quite an honor for [writer-star Nia Vardalos] to give me something like that because not many people see the non-comedy side of me per se and to have to deliver something like that — to tell your parents, it’s kind of a tough thing,” the former *NSYNC member explained. “So, it was exciting to kind of do it. [My performance is] actually from life experience. One of my best friends, him coming out and talking, it’s a hard situation because you don’t know what your parents are going to say or do. And you don’t want to be rejected, of course. You love them. How do you deal with that?”

The sequel to the 2002 romantic-comedy classic My Big Fat Greek Wedding follows Elena Kampouris’ character Paris, the daughter of Toula [Vardalos] and Ian [John Corbett,] as she tries to detach from her overly involved clan and make her own decisions regarding romance and college. Fatone plays her cousin Angelo.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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