Vardalos had by no means starred in a film earlier than, not to mention completed a giant kissing scene, so she requested Corbett if he might give her a preemptive smooch earlier than they needed to lock lips for the cameras.
“‘I am actually nervous about everybody seeing it, and will you simply—might you simply kiss me proper now and let’s simply get it over with?'” she recalled telling him to 20/20. “And he goes, ‘Proper now?’ And I’m going, ‘Yeah, simply kiss me proper now.’ And he goes, ‘OK.’ So he simply kissed me, proper now. And I used to be like, ‘Oh, that was straightforward.’ So by the point we had been on the set filming it 4 hours later, it was nice. It was straightforward. I wasn’t embarrassed.”
They might have wished to offer the remainder of the crew a heads-up that they had been rehearsing as a result of, Vardalos added, “We came upon years later that the hair artist on the film had come out of the make-up trailer at that second, seen us kissing, and went, ‘Oh, they’re having an affair.'”
In the meantime, Vardalos insisted to Bobbie Wygant in 2002 that Gomez had by no means seen her kiss Corbett, not on set and never even onscreen. They might watch the film, she defined, but when a kissing scene was about to occur, she’d squeeze his hand and he’d shut his eyes. She’d squeeze once more to let him realize it was over, “after which he at all times turns to me and says [whispering], ‘That was a very very long time.'”