Call Answered: Tara Reid: "Sharknado 6: It's About Time" + "American Pie"
This was quite a delicious interview with Tara Reid. Tara and I took a bite out of every aspect of her career. We sunk our teeth into Sharknado 6: It's About Time, the last Sharknado and sliced up Tara's favorite moments from American Pie. We cleared up misconceptions and found out we both have the same outlook on life!
Sharknado 6: It's About Time will air on the SyFy network on Sunday, August 19 at 8pm!
If you missed any of the previous Sharknado films, you can dive into them with an all day-marathon on August 19 on SyFy starting at 10am!
1. On August 19 the last Sharknado film, Sharknado 6: It's About Time, will air on the SyFy network. What can you share with us about this final installment? Every Sharknado is absolutely crazy, which is why one can't top another, yet everyone has managed to do that. I thought when I gave birth inside a shark that that was the craziest thing I'd have to do, but we've done everything. We were in outer space and I just thought, where else could we go?
When I got the script for Sharknado 6 I was very impressed. It's so out there. It's all about time travel. One moment we are with the dinosaurs and the next moment we are with George Washington. We are all over the place. And we travel in a suit pod. Can you imagine traveling in one of those? It's so crazy, but so funny.
This is probably my favorite Sharknado because it's so out there and was so much fun to do and we cover a lot of different genres. Plus we make fun of a lot of different shows throughout the movie, which is fun. This installment also really ties up the series. It makes sense why this would be the last one. It goes kind of full circle.
Since this is the last Sharknado movie, I'm releasing one last collection of my perfume, Shark by Tara. Last Sharknado, last perfume. If they want to buy it, they got to get it now.
2. Let's go back to the beginning for a moment. What made you initially want to be part of this franchise? Originally when I first saw the script, I thought, "No way am I doing this. This is the worst movie I've ever read in my life. This is so stupid, sharks flying in the air, in LA, eating people, are you kidding me? This is so silly." Then I was out at dinner with my friends telling them about this terrible script and they were like, "Tara, are you kidding me? you have do this film, it's like epic. It's the funniest thing ever." And then I thought no one was going to see this movie, so I'll just do it, take the money and me & my friends would have a good laugh at it.
Then I'm on vacation and my phone is ringing and ringing and ringing and I think, "Who is calling me like this?" So I pick up the phone and I'm "Hello?" and then I hear "Can you believe what happened?" and I'm like, "No." You get scared, you think something terrible happened. And then they're like, "Sharknado it's everywhere." I mean, I totally forgot about the movie. We didn't even do press for it. I didn't even know it was coming out. You know, it's a Syfy movie. They're like, "We're getting a million tweets per minute right now." I totally thought I was getting Punk'd. I was like is Ashton Kutcher going to jump out of the tree or something? This is crazy. Then I got on the plane back to LA and the flight attendant came up to me and said, "Oh my god, I love your movies." I was like, "Thank you so much." Then he goes, "I just love your other movie." I was thinking she probably means American Pie. He says, "Sharknado is amazing!" And I'm like are you kidding, what is going on. The phenomenon of Sharknado just kept growing and growing and it just became this cult film. There are so many fans. People started dressing up as sharks, dressing their pets up as sharks, I mean, the stuff you see is just crazy. People have made some really cool games out of it and they have parties over it.
This is what I love about being part of this franchise...that this film has made people so happy and brought them together. Everyone fan I meet has some fun story about the movie. It's just awesome to be part of it.
3. What is one funny story from filming this final chapter that just had you in stitches? There's a scene where we have to look like we are running to catch the train and jump inside this train. Cassie was running for me and goes to jump inside the train and she falls down. I don't know why I found it so funny, but then she starts cracking up. She goes to do it again and again she falls down and we both start cracking up. Then she finally jumps and I go to do it and I fall down and we just started laughing all over again.
There's another scene where they had these huge fans on us to make it look like a tornado was coming in and you could hear or do anything. We had these hats on us and we're supposed to be yelling to each other, and our hats keep blowing off. We're like, "Guys, we can shoot the scene with our hats on and have 100mph winds shooting at us." They were like "Try to hold onto the hats." But the hats kept blowing off and we start cracking up and the crew actually started cracking up. It's little things like that that are the funniest.
4. What do you relate to most about your character of "April" and what is one characteristic of hers that you are glad you yourself do not possess? What I relate to most about "April" is that she is always about love. Love for her family, to keep her family together. I think I share that love of family with her.
There's a mean "April." There's a couple of different things going on with "April," so I'm glad I'm not one of them.
5. What has been the best part about working with Ian Ziering? We just had fun together. We do the most ridiculous things. We were thinking when we were sitting in the suit pods for the first time, we were thinking, "What are we doing?" We're acting like it's so serious, but it's so absurd and we just laugh at each other.
6. I have a component to my interviews called "I Can See Clearly Now" where I try to clear up misconceptions about my interviewees. What do you feel is the biggest misconception about yourself that you would like to clear up right now? That I'm a very hard working actress and I take this job very seriously. I love it. I'm the happiest person on set. It's my favorite place to be.
7. What's next for you? I have a lot going on. I have a film coming out called Party Bus To Hell, which is about a group of kids going to Burning Man and they get lost in the desert while they're on mushrooms and what not and they zombies and everything goes wrong and scary. It's crazy, but really good. I saw it the other day. It's good.
Then there is another movie called Attraction and in that one I play the head of a CIA unit in the terrorism division, during the times of the London train bombings. This was a great role to play because it's very different than what I've played before.
I have another film coming out called Bleach and that is about purgatory. I'm in purgatory because I know that my son is about to kill these girls, so I've kept myself there all these years to stop him from killing these girls. It's a very interesting script.
There's Art of the Dead about these seven paintings that no one has been able to find for hundreds of years and then this family purchases them and bad things start happening to them.
I also have The Fifth Boro, which is currently in pre-production.
There's a lot going on. It's been a great year! I think it's four movies in production and six coming out.
8. Let's chat American Pie very quickly. What was your favorite moment either in making the film or about that time in your life? That whole movie was so special to all of us. I think my favorite moments was the prom because that's when everyone would get together. It really felt like we were at a prom. We all got to stay at the same hotel and it felt like sleep away camp. It was really cool. They were all great and there is talk of a fifth American Pie, so hopefully that will be happening.
9. Since we are talking American Pie, what's your favorite flavor pie? Apple Crumble.
10. Since you were in Urban Legend, what is one Urban Legend you still believe? I believe not to look in a cracked mirror and not walking underneath a ladder.
11. What have you learned about yourself from being an actress that you are just so grateful you know? I've learned how much strength I have in myself. You can't be so sensitive. You have to grow a thick skin in this business, especially in this day and age of social media. You can't believe everything you read. You've got to look your best, work your hardest, believe in yourself and in your dreams and no matter what people say, it will come to you.