Opa! Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are officially Greek citizens.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced the exciting news on Instagram on Sunday (July 26). “@ritawilson @tomhanks are now proud Greek citizens,” Mitsotakis wrote alongside a photo with his wife Mareva Grabowski and the Hollywood couple showing off their brand new passports.
Wilson, though born in the United States, is of Greek descent and was raised in the Greek Orthodox faith. Her mother is Greek and was raised in Sotirë near Dropull i Sipërm in Albania, close to the border with Greece. Wilson was also instrumental in helping playwright and actress Nia Vardalos get a movie deal for the smash film, My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
Hanks, though not of Greek descent himself, has often taken to social media to celebrate the Mediterranean culture and even spent his birthday in the country earlier this month. In January, Hanks rang in the new year by tweeting, “Starting 2020 as an Honorary citizen of all of Greece! Kronia pola! ( more or less, ‘happy year!’). Hanx”
Sigxaritiria (Congratulations), Tom and Rita!
Starting 2020 as an Honorary citizen of all of Greece! Kronia pola! ( more or less, “happy year!”). Hanx pic.twitter.com/b8fmrgjvYP
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) January 2, 2020