Nia Vardalos Comparing Herself to Moms in Yoga Pants  Is So Relatable: ‘You See Your Muffin Top Hanging Over’

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Nia Vardalos attends The Los Angeles Premiere Of Focus Features’ ‘Tully’ held at Regal Cinema L.A. Live Stadium, April 18, 2018. Image Press / BACKGRID

When discussing motherhood with Us Weekly, Nia Vardalos shared a hilarious story about feeling self-conscious in her yoga pants.

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“No matter how cool you thought you were before kids, you go to one Mommy and Me class and you see somebody looking good in their Lululemon tights; you see your muffin top rolling over yours,” Vardalos, 55, told Us at the Wednesday, April 18, Tully premiere in L.A. “You just think, ‘Wow, there is never going to be a moment that you feel you’re good enough ever again.’” 

But the My Big Fat Greek Wedding actress, who adopted IIaria in 2008, tells Us she has learned to “toss” the insecurities and “embrace the mess.”

With their Mommy and Me days long behind them, Vardalos and IIaria bond over a shared interest in science. “I love all science kits. I absolutely love those experiments where you could accidentally blow off an eyebrow,” she raved. “But again, embrace it, because you’ve learned something!”

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Vardalos, who shares Ilaria with her actor husband of 25 years Ian Gomez, has been open about her battle with infertility. She previously underwent 13 IVF treatments and suffered several miscarriages before she and the Cougar Town actor were paired with a then 3-year-old IIaria. 

“I’m grateful to every part of the progress that didn’t work because it led me to my real daughter,” she once told Parenting magazine. “Giving birth isn’t what makes you a mom. If you’ve wiped a butt, you’re a mom. If you’ve taken a break from shooting to change a diaper on the sidewalk in Brooklyn, you’re a mom.”

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Vardalos is currently writing a TV show called Suburbs Famous. “I can’t really talk about it,” she told Us. “But it’s about a woman who accidentally gets famous. She does an Internet flub.”

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