Tara Reid tells all

The trou­bled star opens up about her wild past, the truth be­hind her shrink­ing frame and her plans to start a fam­ily

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She had the per­fect spring­board for suc­cess – clas­sic Hol­ly­wood looks, act­ing tal­ent and strong am­bi­tion. But af­ter mak­ing a name for her­self with a lead role in Amer­i­can­pie in the late ’90s, things didn’t quite go to plan for Tara Reid.

The ac­tress, now 42, suf­fered a spec­tac­u­lar fall from grace – and ad­mits to NW she would have made dif­fer­ent choices if she had her time again.

“I would do a lot of stuff dif­fer­ently,” says Tara. “I wouldn’t have gone out as much and been so crazy. When I started out, I wasn’t aware I would lose all my pri­vacy, so I was do­ing ev­ery­thing that your av­er­age 21-year-old does, but it was there for every­one to see.

“I should have made wiser choices about where to go and what to do, be­cause that kind of all caught up on me and it changed ev­ery­thing.”

Af­ter ap­pear­ing in ad­verts and land­ing mi­nor child act­ing roles, Tara moved to Hol­ly­wood at 21, and got her big break when she landed parts in The­bigle­bowski in 1997 and as quin­tes­sen­tial high-school girl Vicky in Amer­i­can­pie two years later. She looked set on the path to su­per star­dom – along­side con­tem­po­raries Reese Wither­spoon and Kate Hud­son – but strug­gled to repli­cate the suc­cess of her first two hits.

Plas­tic surgery night­mare

As well as a se­ries of film flops, Tara built up a rep­u­ta­tion for her wild par­ty­ing and be­came known for stum­bling out of night­clubs blurry-eyed and slur­ring her words in in­ter­views. Her life took an even more dra­matic turn when she went to re­hab for her al­co­hol ad­dic­tion in 2008.

Over the years, she’s also hit the head­lines over her body im­age is­sues. In 2004, Tara had a joint li­po­suc­tion and breast en­hance­ment op­er­a­tion, which went wrong and left her look­ing, in her words, “bulgy” and “hor­ri­fy­ing”. She’s been end­lessly mocked for her surgery choices and, in re­cent years, has raised eye­brows over her wardrobe mal­func­tions and fluc­tu­at­ing weight.

And the star – whose shrink­ing frame has led to con­cerns over her well­be­ing – says the cruel

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