Although people think Tara Reid got her start in American Pie, she’d actually been acting for years before that. In fact, her first TV appearance was on a 1982 game show called Child’s Play, where she actually predicted her famous future. But somewhere between her accidental boob flash at Diddy’s birthday party, and her string of questionable projects in between the second and third “American” installment, her career stalled. Then it lurched into the strange realm of campy Sci-fi with the seemingly endless Sharknado franchise.
Reid actually showed a brief lucidity about the strange direction her career has taken in an interview with Today Extra (via The Daily Mail). “I was doing that movie (Tie The Knot) and Sharknado at the same time and I was like, “What am I doing anymore? What’s happening? Where did my career go?” she said.
And yet, she’s also recently flexed the diva muscle usually reserved for stars who haven’t been photographed drunkenly stumbling in and out of clubs for years. Reid walked out of an interview on Jenny McCarthy’s Sirius XM radio show after being asked about her plastic surgeries and her disastrous appearance on Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars. “Babe, I asked you, please let’s not talk about this show. We’re all here about Sharknado,” Reid said, getting the awkwardness started. The tense exchange ended with Reid and McCarthy taking digs at each others marriages and bodies, with McCarthy getting the last zinger, saying, “Love you, Tara. Good luck with Sharknado 18.” Sure, maybe it wasn’t exactly fair of McCarthy to bring some of that stuff up, but does Reid seriously think the media is going to ignore her years of train wreck behavior and just talk to her about her dumb flying shark movie? Go ahead and have a seat with all that, Ms. Reid.