When it comes to modern-day actresses with a wild side, Tara Reid is the queen. She’s as much known as America’s party girl as a comedic actress with a long list of big hits.
After warming up as a child actress in commercials for McDonald’s and Jell-O, she attended the Professional Children’s School, which counts a varied list of celebrities among its alumni, in New York City. She appeared in Saved by the Bell, Days of Our Lives, and Scrubs, among others, and first burst onto the big screen in 1998 as Bunny, a porn star-turned-trophy wife, in The Big Lebowski. She quickly followed that up with supporting roles in several movies aimed at the hard-partying, sex-fueled young adult set: American Pie, American Pie 2, Van Wilder, and others.
The 2000s were mostly filled with straight-to-video releases for Tara—and plenty of partying, rumors and relationship drama. Although Tara has been engaged and says she’s been married on several occasions, she’s never been (officially) married. Her list of fiancés includes MTV’s Total Request Live host Carson Daly and web entrepreneur Michael Axtmann, and she’s said she’s been married to Danish businessman Daniel Lillelund and Bulgarian financier Zachary Kehayov. Later revelations showed that neither marriage took place.
Tara has been linked to Erez Eisen, one half of the Israeli psychedelic/electronic/indie duo Infected Mushroom, and says things have changed since she went through rehab. “I like to have a good time—who doesn’t? I just learned to be more discreet,“ she told Access Hollywood in 2012.“Who you keep around and what you do is very important.”
And despite her hiatus from the big screen, anyone who thought she’d disappeared completely was wrong. In 2010 Tara posed for Playboy’s January/February double issue. And in 2013 she surged back onto the scene as April Wexler in the made-for-TV movie Sharknado, billed as a horror movie but filled with satire and low-budget special effects. The film developed a cult following, and Tara went on to appear in the Sharknado sequels.
“I think people are saying, ‘This girl has lasting power. She’s been in this business since she was six years old,’” Reid told Time magazine. “I’ve done over 45 movies. Regardless if they’re A movies, B movies, C movies, D movies; I always stay working. I love what I do.”