Tara Reid has finally revealed her experience as a breakout star in the 1990s and how the print media had bullied the “American Pie” star.
While Tara Reid is not one of Hollywood’s A-list actors of the current times, back in the 90s, the star was always on the lips of print media, especially due to her presence in successful movies like 1998’s “The Big Lebowski” and the iconic comedy flick “American Pie”.
In an interview with E! News, the 45-year-old recalled, via Zoom call, on the exact moment that she realized that she is famous.
“I remember one day I was walking in New York City, I look over at one of the deli shops and they have all the magazines on the side and I remember I had, like, five covers on the wall all at the same time,” remembered Tara Reid. “I went, ‘Oh my gosh, this is happening.'”
But of course, the life of a popular actor is not all sunshine and rainbows.
The persistence of avaricious paparazzi, eager to click photos of celebrities and then writing enticingly false pieces on them, eventually destroying their public and private life, is a threat, ever-present in the mind of a star.
For Tara, her experience with this threat was also rather grim. “When we first started, we weren’t used to paparazzi. There was no such thing. There was no Instagram, there was no social media, but there were the tabloids,” said Reid about her youth days.
The “Sharknado” star went on to explain that, “It was a different kind of bullying when it started coming up. To sell tabloids, what do you have to have? You have to pick a certain person that you’re going to pretty much destroy so they sell tabloids every day. They almost make a cartoon character out of you and they keep going with it.”
The tabloids quickly transitioned their representation of Tara Reid from being a nice girl to the “It” girl, and it hurt the “American Pie” star pretty bad.
“It went from everyone loving you, being the ‘It’ girl, doing everything and then the power of the media, even now, is very strong,” Reid expressed. “It was tough, because you went from, ‘OK, this is great, this is fun!’ to ‘Oh my gosh, what are they saying?!’ It started hurting my feelings.”
It is now in 2021, with all the #MeToo movements and empowering documentaries, that Reid is filled with hope of a better representation of women in media. She even expressed her feelings about the ongoing trial of her friend Britney Spears.
After watching the latest documentary, “Framing Britney Spears”, Reid said that she “felt really sad”,
“She definitely deserves her freedom back,” she said about her friend and popstar Britney Spears. “I think she deserves control.”
Tara Reid has also come to terms with the fact that the dark side of media is always going to be there, but with the right mindset she can overcome any obstacle.
“I had to realize, ‘Hey, I’m OK. You guys can keep saying this, but after so many years, it’s not going to affect me anymore,'” she revealed. “I mean, it still affects, but not even near the same because they don’t even know me, they don’t even know what they’re talking about.”