With hits like “The Big Lebowski,” “Cruel Intentions,” and “Urban Legend” under her belt, it’s no surprise that Tara Reid has dealt with (or acted through) some major drama in her lifetime. But it might shock people to learn just how relatable some of Reid’s roles have been to her real life.
Now promoting another film in the successful “Sharknado” franchise, Reid is opening up about another upcoming film she’s passionate about: “Worthless.”
The movie revolves around the theme of bullying — something that Reid, unfortunately, is no stranger to. The actress told E! News:
“Bullying is such a big deal these days and it’s something I very much personalized with. In my life, I’ve had a lot of bullying and I know what that feels like and how much it hurt.”
As for why she’s especially enthusiastic about “Worthless,” she told E! News that she believes this film can truly make a difference:
“I think this movie could affect a lot of people and really think twice before you have something negative to bully on someone. One word can change someone’s life.”
She continued, saying the movie, in her opinion, will serve as an eye-opener:
“What people don’t realize is that there’s so much kinds of bullying: Social media bullying, cyber bullying, physical bullying, mental bullying, there’s different kinds and today it’s so bad that people are committing suicide and overdosing.”
Even more pertinent is the highly-contested Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” — which follows a teen girl’s journey through bullying and sexual assault that ultimately leads to her suicide — backed by Selena Gomez. The show has launched not only bullying, but also its unfortunate consequences to the top of most people’s concerns.
And clearly, the topic is one that Reid, herself, can identify with:
“I’ve definitely felt bullying in my life. With media or press or just different things in my life.”
She revealed to E! News that for her, and a countless number of women and men around the world, body shaming, in particular, has been a real issue:
“The body shaming that is going on right now is to a degree that is so bad for girls and I really relate to that and I understand that so this movie meant a lot to me.”
But, for now, Reid is hoping “Worthless,” which hits theaters September 10, will help at least one person get through bullying a little easier than her own experiences.