The couple has grow to be Greek residents after officers in Greece highlighted the position Tom performed in highlighting the 2018 fires that devastated areas round Athens and killed greater than 100 individuals.
“Tom Hanks is an individual who confirmed actual curiosity within the individuals who suffered from the hearth in Mati and promoted this challenge within the world media,” Minister Takis Theodorikakos, the nation’s inside minister, informed CNN.
Though Tom has been concerned within the nation’s struggles for a while, it’s Rita who has Greek heritage. The couple has typically been noticed on holidays within the nation, and Tom additionally transformed to Greek Orthodoxy. They’ve additionally produced a number of movies in regards to the Greek group, and have been open about their love for the nation.
“I have been Hellenic now for the higher a part of 32 years,” Tom stated on the Golden Globes earlier this 12 months. “Greece is a haven… I have been world wide, I have been to probably the most lovely locations on this planet, none of them tops Greece. The land, the sky, the water, it is good for the soul, it is a therapeutic place.“ Now, Tom can benefit from the nation not as a visitor, however as a citizen.