Throughout the years, you somewhat became a notable figure in the realm of pop culture and naturally, the media and the press have branded you with so many labels and called you various names. But who is Tara Reid stripped from all the limelight and the characters that you have played?
I would describe myself as a very honest and loyal individual. All of my friends and family can contest to this. Media has depicted me as a party girl but honestly I am a very professional actress especially when I am working. I take my craft very seriously. I try to make everyone on set comfortable and I generally work well with my costars. I love the cast and crew in very project I am involved with and try to make an effort in getting to really know everyone who I am working with.
How and when did acting start for you?
Acting started for me when I was 6 years old. I got discovered in a NJ mall by a talent manager when eating with my mom at the food court. The manager told my mother about a new film coming out based on a Stephen King novel “A Return To Salem’s Lot”. He wanted me to audition and when I did, I got the part. From then on, my career started.
Do you remember your first audition gig?
I was very nervous and never acted before. I felt like I didn’t get it at first because I didn’t know what I was doing. To my surprise, I got the part and I feel like it was destined to be. Normally you have to wait for months to know if you got a role or not but with this one we found out right away. The director even came out after the audition to talk to my mom and told us I got the part the very same day.
What inspires Tara Reid?
I am inspired by my mom, family, love, and friends. They really keep me grounded as well. I love spending time with them because it is a time I can get away from the limelight and truly be myself.
From Big Lebowsky to Sharknado how is it being a part of cult classics?
It is amazing! I find it so wonderful that these films have such a big impact in different generations. It is such an honor to be a part of the cast of these kind of films.
Tell us how fun is it to play April Wexler in the Sharknado franchise.
Playing April is so much fun. April is a superhero and she can fly, fight sharks, use cool tech gear and save lives. Every actor dreams of playing a superhero at least once in their careers and for me, it is so satisfying.
What’s your favorite April moment in Sharknado and why?
My favorite moment playing April was when I gave birth in a shark out in space. It was such an absurd idea and it’s fun to make fun of yourself. This film allows me to bring a comedy side to a role. It has never been done before and quite fun to do.
Did you ever expect Sharknado to blow up?
I never expected that Sharknado was going to be so popular. It blows my mind and continues to.
Tell us about your character Darby from your upcoming film Party Bus to Hell. How is she different from any of the characters that you have played?
Darby is one crazy lunatic party girl who gets lost in a haunted desert and tries to find her way out. She doesn’t know who to trust and is paranoid of everyone around her. I’ve never played this type of role before and with Darby there are so many layers to her.
Do you think this film is going to be another cult classic?
You never know. I sometimes think one movie might and another may not and then it becomes the opposite. I don’t know if fans will like it or not until it comes out.
You have a lot of movies coming up. Congratulations! But tell us more about your film WORTHLESS. What is the movie about and the message that it is trying to tell the audience.
Thank you. With Worthless, this film focuses on bullying in school. My character was a bully in high school then in turn gets bullied later on in the film. I can relate to the topic of bullying because throughout my career I have felt bullied by the press, by people when it comes to my weight, my social life etc. It is body shaming and it is not fair to be constantly picked on for things outside of my control. I am who I am and I feel like I try to be a good person. If people tried to get to really know me they would be surprised.
When you search Tara Reid, Sharknado and cult classics aside, a big point of conversation that comes up are posts about body shaming and bullying. What can you say about this and how do you inspire other people especially younger kids who were bullied?
I try to inspire young people by telling them to not listen to the haters and believe in themselves. They need to know that a lot of bullies out there started off being bullied themselves by parents, family, or other friends. It affects people physically and mentally. In order for the cycle to stop, they need to remind themselves to remain confident and know that they are beautiful.
What’s would you say is the proudest moment of your career so far?
My proudest moment was walking the red carpet at my first big premiere for American Pie. I felt like at that moment I truly made it. It was definitely a wow moment for me.
What keeps you busy aside from acting?
I like to keep busying by traveling and eating at new restaurants.I love to travel to different countries explore different cultures and at the same time I am a big foodie. Eating new foods and tasting new receipes makes me happy.
Any actor that you want to work with (dead or alive) and why.
Meryl Streep. She is such a fantastic actress and deserved of all recognition she gets. I would absolutely love to work beside her in any project. I wouldn’t even read the script if Meryl is attached, I'm all in.
Any advice you can give to young and aspiring actors out there?
I would tell them to never give up. Timing is everything and while you are waiting for your big break, keep going to acting classes and constantly work on your craft.
If you’re going to have your own book, what title would you give it?
“What To Do And Not To Do. Trust me I know. My Name Is Tara Reid” This book would be about giving the ins and outs of this industry based on my experience. I would describe the ups and downs based on my own life journey since becoming an actress.
If you will be given the chance to help a specific cause/charity, what would it be?
I love giving back and helping various charities. I am currently involved in one close to my heart called “I Heart."
Photography IRVIN RIVERA
Photo Asst PHIL LIMPRASERTWONG
Styling MONICA CARGILE
Makeup SHEA HARDY
Hair CHERRY PETENBRINK
Production VICTORIA INNOCENZI