When Tara Reid starred in "American Pie," she was just a cute, young actress, famous for nothing but her pivotal role in "The Big Lebowski" and a promising career — and nothing more. 'Member that?
With the entire gang back together for "American Reunion," older but somehow even better looking, it's easy to believe that Reid and her castmates are the same fresh-faced youngsters we met in 1999.
We got a few minutes to ourselves with Reid — so obviously, we tried to uncover her anti-aging secrets first. Of course, we also worked in a few questions about her own "Pie" reunion and her future movie plans.
Okay, so it's been more than a decade, and you all look so young and pretty. What gives?
[Laughs] Thank you. I guess I have to thank my parents for that good gene. I think 30 is the new 20.
But the whole cast, everyone really looks amazing, and I'm not just saying that. I really think Mena [Suvari] looked great. And Thomas [Ian Nicholas] is a good-looking guy.
You didn't come back for "American Wedding." What about the sales pitch was so incredible that everybody came back for "Reunion?"
Well, that's just it: Everyone is back for this one. That was the magic of the first one and it made sense. It's a great storyline and the script is really good — and once everyone was on board, I wanted to be on board too.
So it's a reunion for the cast as well as the characters — how much did that drive your performance?
It's like life imitating art. It was the first time we were all back together again and it was so much fun. We felt like little kids again making it. There's a bond, because we all started together. It's been 13 years since the very first one and we've known each other for so long and we've grown up together. There's a lot of nostalgia in it. There's a true admiration that we have, this respect that we all offer each other.
Did you get a sense for whether this is really it for the franchise? Are we going to be hanging out with Stifler's kids?
Never say never with this franchise. With the first one, we had no idea we would be making a second. You never know.
What's next for you?
I have another movie coming out, called "The Fields," based on a true story. It's a complete step out of comedy. It's a dramatic, psychological thriller and it's great.
I would love to do another arc on a great television show. I had so much fun on "Scrubs." Zach Braff is amazing and that show was an incredible experience.