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In 2005, Menounos personally funded the recovery and restoration of the film, which was narrated by John Waters and starred an eclectic group in the Waters vein — including former WWE champion Bob Backlund, actress Josie Davis from the TV show Charles in Charge and B-movie icon Randal Malone.
The film premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.
For her 10-minute segments, she traveled to El Salvador to report on the 2001 El Salvador earthquakes, interviewed NATO aircrew members aboard an E-3 AWACS plane during the military alliance's Operation Eagle Assist, and interviewed President George W. She went on to co-host a few episodes of the Today show in the late summer and fall of 2006 as well as in April 2007.
In 2003, Menounos appeared on the November 30 episode of Punk'd where she was one of many celebrities caught in the awkward and embarrassing "Red Carpet Interviews".
Menounos presented the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest (along with Greek singer Sakis Rouvas) which took place in Athens.
Menounos also directed Longtime Listener starring Wilmer Valderrama.
She hosts the podcast Conversations with Maria Menounos.
Menounos attended the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Somerville, Massachusetts. In 1995, Menounos began to compete in beauty pageants.
In the summer of 2005, she appeared in the comic book film Fantastic Four, where she played a nurse who is romanced by the Human Torch, played by Chris Evans.The following year, she won the title of Miss Massachusetts Teen USA, and she competed at Miss Teen USA where she placed in the top 15, receiving an honorary mention, during the preliminary competition. She competed for the title of Miss Massachusetts USA 2000, and was the first runner-up.Menounos attended Boston's Emerson College, where she participated in the organization Emerson Independent Video. During her senior year at Emerson, Menounos worked as a reporter for Channel One News.Her likeness and voice was featured in the 2005 Electronic Arts video game James Bond 007: From Russia with Love as Eva Adara, Red Grant's henchwoman, which stars Sean Connery as James Bond.She is also the spokesperson for Pantene hair products.
Menounos also appeared on the Scrubs episode "My Extra Mile", which aired in May 2006 where she is attracted to John Dorian because she likes his hair.