Tara Reid had no idea when she read what she recalls as the "silly" script for a film called "Dark Skies" that it would change her career. But that's what happened when the renamed "Sharknado" premiered on the Syfy channel and stirred up quite a social media frenzy that led to more movies and the creation of "Sharknado Week" on the network.
Reid, who just completed filming her fifth "Sharknado" film with co-star Ian Ziering in locations around the world ("The Sharknado is traveling the world - Bulgaria, London, Hong Kong, Rome," she shares), is heading to the Niagara Falls Comic Con to meet fans and talk about the 'Nado. She took time on a recent - and rare - day off to chat.
Question: What has been the fan reaction at conventions?
Answer: They ask about "American Pie" and other movies, but it's pretty much "Sharknado." They love it. It surprises me how many kids love it. I never thought it would be a kid movie – you wouldn't believe it. Kids don't know who I am –they haven't seen my films. But all these kids recognize me and I have a whole new generation of fans.
Q: What are they asking you about?
A: I never knew the power of how obsessed people are with sharks. People love sharks – I can't even explain their fascination with sharks. People ask me so many questions about sharks but I don't know … I'm not a shark expert.
Q: Two recent movies "The Shallows" and "47 Meters Down" (being released June 16) feature women fighting off shark attacks. That makes April in "Sharknado" a pioneer.
A: Wait until you see her (in "Sharknado 5"). They really made her strong. They made her a superhero - it is unbelievable. That's why I love the role so much. I love who April is, who she started out as, who she has become and what her family means to her. You are going to love it, really.
Q: Why is "Sharknado" so popular?
A: There's a lot going on the world – crime, violence, war - lots of bad things. This movie takes you out of that and makes people laugh. People are having "Sharknado" parties. It's like a holiday – the super bowl of "Sharknado."
Tara Reid appears at June 2-4 at Niagara Falls Comic Con, ScotiaBank Convention Center, Niagara Falls, Ont. Also appearing are such stars as Peter Mayhew, Seth Gilliam, Robert Englund, Kevin Smith, Barbara Eden and Sting. A full list of celebrities and the schedule is at nfcomiccon.com. Single-day admission is $23.95-$36.95 plus fees. Ages 7 to 12 are $11.95; ages 6 and younger are admitted free with paid adult. Multi-day packages, VIP tickets, autograph and photograph tickets also are available.