This is an ongoing bit where I take the questions from Parade Magazine and answer the horribly stupid questions that are in the Personalities on Parade section. This week I had every intention on doing it including a great Princess Di joke but I ended up getting derailed by the first question.
Q Tara Reid was best known for club-hopping with Paris Hilton, but she’s been MIA lately. What’s she up to? -Orianna Thayer, Idaho Falls, Idaho
A: Some times when people fade into obscurity it is a good thing. Tara Reid is one of those examples. In fact she wasn’t even registering in my brain anymore until I read that question. Is it possible to look back at your life and wonder “what if” even though there was never any potential to do anything more than you did?
What was the cap for Tara Reid? What more could she have done? She wasn’t a good actress. She had a few year period where she was attractive but kind of fell off which could be attributed to her lifestyle and/or poor surgical choices. (Her breasts are a train wreck.) Was there any wasted potential there at all? Her partying kept her in the spotlight extending her usefulness. I would argue that Tara Reid got the most of out of her limited ability and career, I don’t think she had the acting chops or the comedic ability to do more than she did.
If you look at the roles she had it was mostly the semi straight-laced stick in the mud girlfriend. While she was in comedies like American Pie and Van Wilder she was more of the “straight” person where jokes happened around her. She wasn’t really part of any hi-jinks or shenanigans. So I think that really kind of eliminated her from any of the typical comedies of her time, roles that people like Anna Faris played.
The girlfriend that the comedic people played off of shifted to people like Britney Snow and Amy Smart, who were both younger and a little more skilled acting wise. This pretty much eliminated her from doing too many romantic comedies even as the second banana (which she failed at in My Bosses Daughter). Reid got the most out of what she could with the American Pie, Van Wilder, and Scrubs run. She wasn’t suited to go any further comedy wise and had a small range as an actress.
So that leaves her with mostly horror/thriller roles where she gives a little cache to B-Movies that will never make it to the theatre. Which is what she has been doing for the last few years. Leaving Reid with six years of relevance that she was able to get the most out of. There wasn’t much more she could have done acting wise. There were too many people that were higher skilled in the same niches that she was trying to work in.
I would argue that Tara Reid should be celebrated for getting the most of out of career that really shouldn’t have gone anywhere.
Wait a second I just wrote over 400 words on the career of Tara Reid. What the hell was I thinking?
Well it looks like I am not going to answer rest of the questions from Parade Magazine today because this blog has officially derailed.
Tarah Reid… a waste of human life or someone that got the most out of their career?