TARA GETS CAN­DID

InTouch with… TARA REID

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Tara Reid knows she’s thin — and doesn’t care!

Whether she’s up against a tor­nado full of sharks or Jenny McCarthy full of snark, Tara Reid rarely goes down with­out a fight. So it’s no sur­prise she’s got a few words for the “haters” who say she’s too skinny: “Peo­ple need to

stop with the body sham­ing!” de­clares the Amer­i­can Pie ac­tress, who’s made head­lines in the past for her par­ty­ing and ul­tra­thin fig­ure. “I won’t let what any­one says stop me from en­joy­ing my life.” The star, 40, chats with In Touch’s Adri­ane Schwartz about body im­age, plas­tic surgery and why she’ll never stop do­ing Shark­nado movies!

How do you feel about your body these days — do you think you’re too thin?

TR: I feel great about my body. Peo­ple al­ways tell me to eat a burger — I love burg­ers! If I were to gain 10 pounds, I’d be asked why I got fat. I’m thin — and I’m good with that.

You’re also known for be­ing a party girl. Do you ever feel like you get a bad rap on that front?

TR: Yes, be­cause I like to have fun when I’m not work­ing. But I’m pro­fes­sional while I’m at work, and I’ve never been in trouble or ar­rested, so I don’t de­serve it!

How does be­ing 40 feel?

TR: Age doesn’t scare me. The older I get, the wiser I get. I’m at the hap­pi­est point in my life.

What’s the big­gest chal­lenge you’ve faced in the past few years?

TR: Get­ting roles. I truly feel I need to con­stantly prove my­self in this busi­ness. I’ve done 46 movies, and it’s still tough to get roles when you’re mis­un­der­stood and judged.

How do you think you would han­dle be­ing a teen star to­day, with all the so­cial me­dia crazi­ness?

TR: To­day is harder than ever for teens with all the cy­ber­bul­ly­ing out there. I’m part of a “No Hate” cam­paign be­cause bul­ly­ing has be­come so out of con­trol with the in­ter­net. I want to put an end to it.

What’s your re­la­tion­ship sta­tus?

TR: I don’t have a boyfriend right now. I’m fo­cus­ing on my ca­reer. I’m work­ing on four movies in­clud­ing Dark As­cen­sion, which fo­cuses on pur­ga­tory. And then there’s Rav­en­ous, which is a sci-fi thriller.

Would you like to set­tle down and have a fam­ily some­day?

TR: I think if I’m meant to have kids, I will. I love kids. I wouldn’t rule out hav­ing a baby on my own.

You just starred in the fourth in­stall­ment of Shark­nado. How many se­quels are you up for?

TR: In­fin­ity and be­yond! I have loved my Shark­nado ex­pe­ri­ence. If we can keep peo­ple laugh­ing, it should be never-end­ing. Peo­ple love to have Shark­nado par­ties, and it’s great to keep peo­ple par­ty­ing.

You’ve been open about your botched 2004 plas­tic surg­eries. What’s your stance on surgery now?

TR: I’m 40 years old, and in my opin­ion there’s noth­ing wrong with get­ting Bo­tox and fillers. I be­lieve ev­ery­body should just do what makes them happy! ◼

Un­der fire for years for be­ing too skinny, the ac­tress fi­nally speaks out

SHOW­BIZ VET “I’ve learned to not take things too se­ri­ously,” Tara tells In Touch, “and that not ev­ery­one is go­ing to love you.” PROUD OFHER FIG­URE

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