CAN’T REID IT Tara Reid hits back at ‘bullying’ skinny-shamers – saying ‘leave me alone’
Tara Reid has claimed being ‘misjudged’ as a ‘party girl’ damaged her career.
The American Pie actress went through a ‘frustrating’ time in the early 2000s when she struggled to find work, which she believes is because people had a misconception that she was wild, even though she never did ‘anything bad.’
And the Van Wilder star still feels like she was ‘punished’ just for having fun.
‘I didn’t work for a while. That was really frustrating. ‘[It bothered me] that [people thought] I was just a party girl and thought I wasn’t anything else because that wasn’t true…It didn’t make sense to get punished for having fun,’ said the Sharknado star.
‘I never got in trouble or got a DUI or do anything bad really. So I feel like it wasn’t right. I felt really bullied by the studios and a lot of people and very misjudged.’
The star was known for partying at Los Angeles clubs with the wild stars including Paris and Nicky Hilton as well as Paris’ Simple Life co-star Nicole Richie.
The 45-year-old star decided to make the move into producing in order to ‘fix’ her reputation.
She said: ‘That’s also one of the reasons why I started to do this because I’m like, ‘If I don’t fix this, it’s not going to get fixed.
‘So that’s when I said, ‘OK, we’re going to turn this around, people are going to realize how smart I am, how I’m producing, how I’m creating all these things and then they’re going to have to stop because they can’t keep picking on you.’
‘It was almost cool to pick on me and it’s not…
‘I’m not gonna wait for a script because I’m not gonna do that anymore. So I was like, ‘I’m gonna create my own parts and I’m gonna produce them. This is a really exciting time for me.’
And though acting is still Tara’s ‘favorite thing to do’, she’s loving her new role behind the scenes.
She told Entertainment Tonight: ‘Becoming a producer has been so exciting and so different than acting.
‘I didn’t realize how much goes into a film. Just getting it financed and getting the actors and getting the studio and getting the script and getting the writers and getting the director. I mean it’s so much…I’m so proud of it.
‘I wanna be a really good businesswoman. Not just acting and producing, but making some brands, getting into the fashion world, just having my hands in a little bit of everything.’
This comes after her contemporary Britney Spears became the subject of a Hulu documentary.
The pop siren was seen being ridiculed by comedienne Sarah Silverman and being hurt by her ex Justin Timberlake. And Spears had to deal with sexism in her industry.
Her conservatorship run by her father Jamie Spears was also examined.
But soon after her ex-husband Kevin Federline said Spears’ conservator is doing an ‘admirable job’.
Jamie stepped down as conservator due to health reasons in September 2019 and was replaced by her care manager, Jodi Montgomery and although the ‘Gimme More’ hitmaker later stated she was ‘strongly opposed’ to having her dad retake control of her affairs, a judge ruled to keep him as co-conservator in November 2020.
Kevin- with whom she has sons Sean, 15, and 14-year-old Jayden – has ‘stayed out’ of the issues surrounding the conservatorship but approves of Jodi’s appointment.
His lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, told E! News: ‘Kevin has no involvement with regard to Britney and her attorneys asking to remove Jamie as conservator. He has stayed out of the conservatorship issues.
‘He thinks Jodi Montgomery has done an admirable job and he has no other position to state with regard to the conservatorship.’
In 2019, it was agreed that Kevin would have 70% custody of the boys and Britney to have them the rest of the time and the dancer is happy with the arrangement.
The lawyer said: ‘[The children] are doing great and Kevin is enjoying watching them grow up and evolve.
‘Kevin enjoys the full extent of the custody that he has. Both parties are working well in exchanging custody.’
He also noted that Jamie had been abiding by the restraining order Kevin was granted two years ago after he alleged there had been an altercation between Sean and his grandfather, meaning they haven’t spoken since 2019.