Nikki Reed regrets 'Thirteen': I portrayed my father as 'a totally vacant careless schmuck'
"I have tons of regrets with that," she tells Zooey Magazine. "'Thirteen' was really hard on my family. I wrote this movie about them and their flaws and imperfections and what it was like growing up. It was from one kid's perspective and not a well rounded one. You get older and it's like, how dare I portray my father as being a totally vacant careless schmuck?"
She is most regretful of the promotion for the film, which was released when she was 15, because she told countless journalists that it was an accurate representation of her childhood. "As a kid I sometimes saw my Dad like that, but now that I'm older I wonder how I could have done that to him and be swept up on this promo tour sitting in these interviews not realizing how hurtful it was when I said, 'This is autobiographical,'" she confesses. "No! Parts were autobiographical, but everything was exaggerated. That's not my Dad. My Dad is a man that for as long as I can remember has kept a book of favorite things his kids say. The other night we were all around the dinner table and my brother was in this really bad mood. He looked up and said, 'Dad! I just feel like you're being really violent with your utensils.' Dad said, 'Well, that's going in the book.'"
In fact, Reed credits her father with introducing her to her husband, "American Idol" alum Paul McDonald. "My Dad said, 'Go say hi to that guy.' I walked over to Paul and knew I was in love within one second of saying hi. It was the craziest thing that has ever happened to me in my life," she reveals