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InTouch with… TARA REID
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