10 Questions with Tara Reid
Tara Reid was born in Wyckoff, New Jersey, on November 8, 1975. The daughter of Tom and Donna, both teachers who run a pair of day care centers, Tara was immersed into acting early on. Her first public performance, at the age of four, was on a table top in a New Jersey mall, when an agent happened to hear her singing her heart out to passers-by and offered her work in commercials.

She then appeared on a children's game show called Child's Play, and in a number of commercial roles, for Jell-O, McDonald's, and Crayola.

Tara didn't stop there, and decided to make acting a career goal. She attended the highly prestigious Professional Children's School in New York City. Her classmates included Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jerry O'Connell, Macualay Culkin, and Ben Taylor.

Tara's earlier work includes bit parts in Saved by the Bell: The New Class in 1994, Days of Our Lives and California Dreams in 1995, once she moved to LA to pursue a full-time acting career. And she took Hollywood by storm. She was cast as Bunny, the much younger wife of The Big Lebowski, in 1998. She then appeared in I Woke Up Early the Day I Died, and had a larger roles in Urban Legend, and Cruel Intentions.

Then came American Pie, which made her truly famous, along with its sequel. She also starred in Body Shots, Dr. T & the Women, Just Visiting and Josie and the Pussycats. She will next be seen in National Lampoon's Van Wilder and The Guest.

SportsHollywood sat down with Tara at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills to talk about her career.


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SportsHollywood: How about movie promotion: Did you enjoy the Super Bowl with Ryan Reynolds?

REID: No! It was New Orleans -- boys and football and Mardi Gras, are you kidding me? And on Bourbon Street? Any girl is unsafe there. It was crazy there. They attacked me. I got mobbed. And when they're drunk they really think they can touch you. But that's my own fault for being on Bourbon Street.

SportsHollywood: Did the National Lampoon name have any effect on your choice to do this film?

REID: Sure! National Lampoon films are classics: Animal House, Vacation, European Vacation -- there are moments that you will always remember in those movies. I like comedy -- I like to laugh. I'm in the entertainment business -- I'm an entertainer. I like people to go see my movies and be entertained. And this movie does that. You can go see this movie and not have to think -- just laugh.

SportsHollywood: How do you think Van Wilder stacks up to the other National Lampoon movies?

REID: It's different. It's more modern. Ryan's hysterical, and the producers and crew were really young. We had a very young set. A lot of them were beginners. And beginners are hungry. And fun. We lived every moment to the fullest. We went for crazy ideas and just had fun!

SportsHollywood: Is being hungy still a memory for you?

REID: I'll always be hungry.

SportsHollywood: What were some of the crazier, riskier scenes you played?

REID: That wasn't really my job on this movie. This character is probably one of the straightest I've ever played in my life. The riskiest scene I've ever played was in Body Shots.

SportsHollywood: How did you like being a journalist?

REID: I feel like I am a journalist -- I spend all my time with journalists! I could run a school for journalism. Just by the way I get asked questions to the stories I see written; the answers I give to how much they've changed the answers. I definitely feel like I've done my homework on the journalism side. And I think I did in the movie what a lot of journalists do sometimes. I didn't give a very fair story the first time, because I thought it would sell, and it did. The easy way out -- but I hurt his feelings in the process. Sometimes you forget that as a journalist...

(The reporter begins to shrivel in his chair.)

You write a story about me, but I might be home, crying! That maybe it's not true, and maybe it's just the easy way out. And maybe the story you wrote will really affect that person. Maybe they won't get that movie they want because of that story. And maybe Ryan will get kicked out of school now--

SportsHollywood: Um, he dropped out--

REID: --You don't realize how powerful the journalist is! With a position like that, you should respect it and keep it running right. If you don't think -- not just about how they're a daughter to someone; someone's sister; someone's friend; someone's girlfriend...

SportsHollywood: Are you and Carson Daly still--

REID: -- When you write these things it has a lot more of an effect than you think. And that's what I loved about this character -- she does that, then wants to redeem herself, and write that story for him at the end.

SportsHollywood: You say you spent a lot of time with us damn journalists...

REID: I didn't say "damn" journalists!

SportsHollywood: Oops, I'm already changing the story.

REID: (Laughing) Damn journalist!

SportsHollywood: So can we assume that you're weary of having us damn journalists ask you these questions--?

REID: YES! Absolutely. Do I have hope that there's that one journalist out there who might really write that story for me? That really captures me? Not as a party girl but as that girl who works really hard. It's never about my work or my acting -- it's always about stupid stuff.

SportsHollywood: Okay, I'm your journalist. I'm going to write THAT story. What do you think is the smartest thing you've ever done?

REID: In my career or life?

SportsHollywood: Either.

REID: (Thinks) I have a couple but I can't reveal them. Too personal!

(Damn actress.)

Interview by Jeff Hause

Tara Reid
Van Wilder (2002); The Guest (2001); American Pie 2 (2001); Josie and the Pussycats (2001); Just Visiting (2001); Dr. T & the Women (2000)--Connie Travis Body Shots (1999); American Pie (1999); Lathum Girl (1999); Around the Fire (1999); Cruel Intentions (1999); What We Did That Night (1999); Urban Legend (1998); I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998); The Big Lebowski (1998); "Days of Our Lives" (1965); "Saved by the Bell: The New Class" (1993); A Return to Salem's Lot (1987); "Child's Play" (1982)

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