Tara Reid at the ‘American Reunion’ premiere: really cute or total trainwreck?

Last night was the Los Angeles premiere of American Reunion at The Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. After several straight-to-DVD sequels, I don’t understand at all why this reunion movie even bothered with a theatrical release. Not that I watched those other installments — although I did try to stomach the second movie (the one where they painted a summer house?) and just couldn’t make it past the first half. So awful.

Tara Reid was the big star on this red carpet, which is odd considering that it was rumored that she’s the lowest paid returning cast member. She brought the Jedward twins along as her “date” after she became BFFs with them in the “Celebrity Big Brother” house last year. Although I’ll admit to experiencing some girlish delight at the sight of these ridiculous twins, Tara really should’ve left them at home. I mean, this is probably the last chance for a lot of the (below) actors to ever walk a red carpet, and these guys are totally Jedwarding out and stealing the limelight. Not really fair.

Anyway, poor Tara. She was supposed to really go places after the first movie, you know? It seems so weird in retrospect, but I think Hollywood expected her to become a romcom queen, and it just didn’t work out. Truly, the most interesting thing that Tara’s done lately is flash her panties while out on the town with her fake random husband. Tara looks fairly understated here and really good considering that she’s Tara Reid.

As a slight diversion (before the rest of the red carpet photos), Tara has been talking to media outlets about how all of her wild, drunken antics (including partying until her tooth fell out) weren’t so bad at all:

Tara Reid might be best known for her wild past, which included heavy partying and red carpet wardrobe malfunctions – but the 36-year-old star says her life has changed.

The American Reunion star stopped by Access Hollywood Live on Thursday, where she revealed to Billy Bush and Kit Hoover what she’s learned over the years about having fun and staying in control.

“It’s really important how you keep things private,” she said when asked about her at-times very public past. “You wanna try to have a good time and try to keep it at home… especially today with the paparazzi, try to control it as much as you can,” she continued.

The actress takes ownership of her public snafus, but also points out that she never got arrested or harmed anyone in the process. “It was my fault, I did it… [but,] it wasn’t that bad what I did,” she explained. “At the end of the day, I really [just] had fun. I wasn’t doing crimes. I wasn’t getting in trouble like that.”

Tara admitted that she still enjoys a night out, but keeps it in check. “I like to have a good time, who doesn’t? I just learned to be more discrete,” she explained. “Who you keep around and what you do is very important.”

When asked about her past cosmetic surgery complications, Tara said all of that is behind her, telling Billy and Kit, “It’s good, I’m good, life goes on. [I] might being doing a television show,” she said, explaining that the details are still being worked out.

[From Access Hollywood]

She has a definite point. Tara never got arrested for any of her exploits. She didn’t get caught with drugs like Paris Hilton or steal someone’s car while blazingly drunk like Lindsay Lohan. All Tara did was act really stupid and get some very bad plastic surgery. Again, Tara looks remarkably polished at this premiere. She still looks pretty cheap with all of the crazy dark eyeliner, but her skin is vibrant and clear and the hair is impeccable.

Here’s pregnant Alyson Hannigan (with husband Alexis Denisof), who has easily enjoyed the most successful post-Pie career (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “How I Met Your Mother”) out of the entire cast. Who knew that Band Camp Girl would’ve gone so far? She looks adorable, and the green dress suits her complexion quite well although some pantyhose would’ve been a welcome addition.

Mena Suvari did her weirdo thing on the red carpet too. She seems drugged up or drunk, but her hair and makeup are appropriate and the dress is adequate. I have to admit that I expected a bit more from Mena’s career after she didn’t embarrass herself in American Beauty. Mena doesn’t really seem too into the Hollywood game though and pulled a tattooed, shaved-head routine for a few years. She’s still a very pretty girl.

Shannon Elizabeth was in attendance as well in a dress that looks like cheap lingerie. She’s had some work done, right?

Chris Klein showed up too, of course. My brother strongly resembles how Chris looked in the first few movies and used to be flattered by the comparison. Now when people mention it, he’s all like, “Shut it.”

Here’s Jason Biggs (the guy who f—ed an apple pie) and Jenny Mollen, who semi-famously penned an essay about hiring a hooker for her husband last year. These two are pretty much made for each other.

Finally, we have Seann William Scott. His tie has … personality, and there’s a guy at my gym who looks just like him. That’s all I’ve got.

Photos courtesy Fame/Flynet

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  1. Maguita says:

    Bedhead, please introduce me to your brother.

    I will make sure he does not act like a Chris Klein. That is all.

  2. Lexy says:

    She looks good. At least she was smart enough to not mess up her face. BTW she looks much younger than Lilo. LOL.

    • hunter says:

      ^^^ YES! I came here to post the exact same thing, her face looks great.

      We are about the same age and I imagine she gets the standard Botox/light filler treatment (around mouth) and she looks VERY NORMAL.

      She also gets A LOT of sun and drinks a lot. Given that, she looks FANTASTIC.

  3. Esmom says:

    Wow that’s a blast from the past (haven’t seen any sequels). Jason Biggs looks the best, along with Alyson H.

    Crazy to remember that Chris Klein and Katie Holmes were once an item (engaged, right?), seems like a million years ago.

    Shannon Elizabeth is unrecognizable.

  4. nullnull says:

    It’s nice of Alyson Hannigan to take part in these… “movies”… And show up at premieres as support. If I had her post-Pie success, I’d be all like, “When will this franchise DIE ALREADY?” I guess it’s just nice to see a Hollywood type thankful for what got them in the game… Unlike a certain girl with a certain dragon tattoo…

  5. Penguin says:

    She looks cute, so does Alyson.

  6. Hautie says:

    Had Tara listen to her “people” management/pr/agent she would have had a lot better career. But she decided to run down the same path as Lohan.

    The path that a pretty girl, with a little fame and a great face gets shown to. The path of where they get used by men with power and cash. And stupidly believe that they are running the show.

    Now it is a decade later.

    Everyone knows their business. All their ugly business.

    The difference is that Tara seems to have stepped off that path. Finally.

    And decided to listen to her “people”.

    Whom have put out the cash to clean her up. Get her some positive PR.

    Get her more opportunities/job offers.

    It will make up for the low income from this little film. If they can get her hired to other projects.

    And yes, Tara looks amazing here. Money well spent.

  7. Annie says:

    I think Tara’s real pretty so long as she keeps that backstreet plastic surgery covered up. I’ve always liked her eyes.

    Alyson’s looking great too. The rest of em’ – ugh, hasbeens.

  8. bea says:

    She looks fantastic. Seems to have really cleaned herself up or at least learned how to fake it much better.

    I agree with @Lexy – she was lucky to have kept that crappy plastic surgery off her face.

    I like her attitude in the interview – she isn’t trying to pretend she was perfect.

    I think a sitcom might be good for her.

  9. Kaboom says:

    Alyson actually already had two seasons of Buffy under her belt when she took the Pie role but she certainly has the most enduring success. Seann William Scott had a string of movies but has fallen off the radar since 2008 after which be basically only did voice work for animated movies.

  10. maggiegrace says:

    I love Tara’s hair and make-up. She looks so pretty. But the dress and tan look cheap.

  11. blah says:

    Aw Tara looks great. I have a soft spot for her, maybe because she used to be such a sad sack (and hopefully is off that path).

  12. Happy21 says:

    I am surprised Tara Reid looks as good as she does.

    It think I saw all three of the movies with original people and am interested to see how this movie fares.

    None of them were spectacular works of art but they were funny.

  13. Jessica says:

    I LOVE DListed’s headline:
    “Jay-Z’s Mama, Beyonce And A Plastic Gremlin Come Out For Obama” – PRICELESS!!!! LMAO!!!

  14. cmc says:

    Wow, not only does she look great for her, but she looks amazing for her age. 36? Damn, Tara. She could almost sell skin cream/lifestyle advice, if we didn’t know what she’s *actually* been doing the last 10 years. How the f do you drink and party and tan so much and remain so well-preserved?

    Actually, I’d totally buy a book about that. “How to party like Tara Reid and approach your 40s looking amazing anyway.” Sign me up!

    • hunter says:

      ^^ Your answer: a modest amount of Botox & fillers can keep a mid-30s woman in good standing along with keeping a moderate weight.

      I imagine good genetics helps too. She does look fantastic.

    • Annie says:

      She does have “young” looking features. I don’t ever remember Tara f–king up her FACE though, like Lindsay has? It was mostly just the bad lipo and botched boobs, luckily she left her face well enough alone.

    • Funnylilou says:

      Well she is mid-thirties… not really a dinausor! at that age you still can bounce back since you still have a young skin and body (supposedly)!

  15. Sumodo1 says:

    I’ll wait til the cable channels get it, and play it to death because it did zero box office, like “Ishtar.”

  16. lucy2 says:

    Alyson had the most success because, shockingly, she’s by far the most talented. IMO, anyway. And her hubby is cute.
    Tara actually looks halfway decent here, I like that dress, and honestly would probably love it on someone a little…classier? She’s been a mess for a long time, I hope she really does clean it up and get back on track.

    • Emily says:

      I agree that she’s really talented, but she was also on Buffy before the first AP movie came out, and I think that has more to do with her success.

  17. Amanda G says:

    American Pie is still one of the best teen comedies out there. Unfortunately the sequels were disappointing. This will be a good rental haha

  18. Jennifer says:

    Tara looks great. Thank goodness Mena Suvari finally wised up and starting covering up that massive forehead. I think Shannon E. has had some work done, but I can’t slam her. I’ve heard she’s really nice in person. I am glad she ditched that husband she used to have. He was awful.

    • MJ says:

      I agree re: Mena! She has that crazy fivehead that just cries out for some fringe, but the heavy bangs she did a while back took away from her features. This is the best I’ve ever seen her hair look.

  19. mar says:

    Tara looks good!!! I feel bad , she has the LL rep but has not done half as much bad to get it!!

  20. Shelly says:

    Tara looks really great again. She was always so pretty but then she looked like a hungover mess for so many years. Looks like she is off the sauce! She was one party girl I always liked, but I am happy to see her looking healthy again.

  21. elisa says:

    John Cho also looked good, he’s my favorite of the American Pie actors. Plus, he’s been pretty successful post-Pie as well (Harold and Kumar anyone?)

  22. Holden says:

    I’ve always liked Tara Reid for some reason. Yes, Shannon Elizabeth has visited the elective surgery center…

  23. xxodettexx says:

    Willow! err, i mean, Lily!! shoot, one more time: Alyson!!!


  24. Marianne says:

    Alyson is definitely the most successful out of the bunch. Everyone else has dropped off the radar. Maybe they agreed to do another movie because they hope this will revive their career.

  25. danielle says:

    Tara always did have a pretty face’ glad she didn’t mess with it. Mena in pie had the most annoying voice ever, does she really talk like that? And’ since we always rag on women’s looks I’d like to point out that the the males in this cast have NOT aged well!!

  26. Aurelia says:

    Man alive Tars Reid looks great. Yes she looks healthy and glowing. Mena S looks amazing too. I have missed her.

  27. Jayna says:

    She looks really really nice. Too bad her alcoholism dragged her down. She actually looks fresh.

  28. WTF says:

    I think she looks great. I wish she hadn’t gotten those terrible breast implants. I have big boobs and I always wonder if women that get breast implants end up feeling like it was a waste of time and money.

  29. bondbabe says:

    I’ve always had a soft spot for Tara—I don’t know why!! She has been rockin’ it lately with the premieres for this movie.

    And I also will give her kudos for owning her f*ck-ups (unlike someone else we know).

    • Isabel says:

      Same here! For some reason I always feel bad for her.. People like Lindsay Lohan I don’t feel bad for for some reason.. Maybe because they still believe they did nothing wrong?:P
      Tara seems like a nice girl, very honest in interviews etc. she used to look washed up for a while, but she looks really good now! I’m happy for her! (And is she really 36? 0.0 She looks younger:O

  30. Darlene says:

    She looks great, healthy and sober.

  31. Mack says:

    She’s 36? Wow…I looked at these pictures and assumed she was no older than 30. She looks terrific.

  32. stroodles says:

    Our little Tara looks too good, in a REAL way, not in a way that plastic surgery can barely cover a train wreck. I’m guessing maybe she is sober and lying about it (by implying she still parties hard behind closed doors). Not sure why the lie, maybe so she will be considered less of a liability to work with (rather than being a hardcore alkie who might fall off the wagon). Good for her.

  33. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    Who the heck are the Jedward twins?

  34. Ck says:

    I second that: what is their schtick? Also, Mena Suvari has apparenty dabbled in escorting… Tara Reid looks fine for Tara Reid. That is all ^_^

  35. Lavender says:

    Tara looks the best she has ever looked.
    I wonder if she can keep it up for much longer.

  36. Miss Thang says:

    Some pantyhose!? Are you nuts!?!? Hose are a pain in the ass in the first place, but have you ever tried to put a pair on with a watermelon attached to the front of your body? Putting on anything around a watermelon is not easy, pantyhose are damn near impossible when you’re that big!
    She looks great, though 🙂 I hope this move is good, they could use it.

  37. Abby says:

    I was surprised to read that Alyson has “easily enjoyed the most successful” career of all of them… my first thought would have been Mena. I guess that Alyson *currently* has the most robust career. But I thought that Mena did a great job in American Beauty, Beauty Shop, and Stuck, just to name a few. She has been given starring roles in a number of movies, which to my knowledge Alyson has not.