Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos signed an honorary naturalization order Friday, offering Hanks, his wife Rita Wilson and their children Greek citizenship, the president’s office told CNN Saturday.
The minister added that Hanks “promotes Greece through his frequent visits during summer in Antiparos where he owns property.”
Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, also produced a number of films based on Greece and the Greek community, including “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” “Mamma Mia!” and both of their sequels.
But the decree doesn’t make Tom Hanks a Greek citizen yet. The actor and his family “must give an oath to the minister of the interior within one year” to become Greek citizens, according to Theodorikakos.
According to the Greek citizenship code, honorary naturalization can be granted to a “foreign national who has offered special services to Greece or if his or her naturalization may serve the country’s interest.”
CNN reached out to Hanks’ publicist for comment.