'Sharknado 2' star Tara Reid: Arm-saws and 'mind-blowing' reception

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Tara Reid didn't know "Sharknado" was going to be anything more than an odd blip on her resume. How could she have anticipated the pop-culture phenomenon that has now been followed by the even bigger "Sharknado 2: The Second One."

Zap2it talked to the actress shortly after "Sharknado 2" premiered to find out just how the woman behind April Wexler feels about her role.

Zap2it: What has it been like in the wake of "Sharknado 2" topping the first movie?
Reid: It's just incredible. It's mind-blowing! We got over a billion tweets yesterday. I mean, that's insane -- a billion with a B! It came out to four million [viewers] for the first few nights for the first [airing] and tonight it comes out again. We don't have the numbers for England yet and Australia, they're about to come out today. It's just like really, really good. You know what I mean? We're ecstatic. If an artist goes triple-platinum, they're excited. We went like quadruple platinum, so it's fantastic. It's crazy.

Did you expect any of this when you signed on to star in the first Sharknado"?
Absolutely not! I really didn't. Originally when I made the movie it was called 'Dark Skies.' And I went, 'You know what? That would look so better on my IMDB, that title will be fine. It's Syfy, which means no one is going to see it.'

And then like a week into the movie, they were like, 'We're going to call it "Sharknado"!' I said, 'No. No, no, no, no. You can't do that to me!' Ian [Ziering] said the same thing: 'No. Please don't do it -- we'll never work again!' But they were like, 'You'll get it. Trust me -- it's going to work.' I was like oh my God, this is the end of our career. It was scary! And then the director was like, 'You've got to trust me -- it's gonna make sense.' So we had no choice. We were like, 'Great. We're in this movie now. It was like if anyone would ask me, 'Tara, what are you working on right now?' 'Sharknado ...'

We're actually lucky it became this cult phenomenon. It wasn't making any sense while we were doing it. And then when we saw the movie and saw the campiness of it -- it could be called 'Sharknado' now. It shouldn't be called 'Dark Skies.'

What was your favorite part of "Sharknado 2"?
Oh for sure when they try to figure out how to put the saw on my hand! You didn't see it, but before you know it, I've got a saw on my hand. How did they think of that? Like, it's so funny! And then when I cut that shark in half, it was really great.

To me, that was one of the best scenes to play. When I was actually cutting that shark and going 'AAAAAAHHH!!! Shark attack!,' I was doing it to nothing. Do you know what I'm saying? I said to the director, 'I hope the shark's big enough and that it looks good.' Because I don't know what I'm cutting. When I'm shooting it, it looks ridiculous, so I'm thinking, 'Oh my God. What are we doing?' But again, Anthony [Ferrante, the director] and [writer Thunder] Levin did a great job. There were over 700 special effects in this movie! Also, we shot the movie in 18 days.

In real life, how do you feel about sharks?
I'm not scared of sharks. I mean, I'm scared of them like I don't want to get bit by a great white. But I love the ocean, I'm a water fan. I love to go to the beach, I love water, so I'm not going to not go in the water because of sharks.

Have they told you anything about "Sharknado 3" yet?
No. No one has said anything. We know nothing. There's zero ... Anything could happen at this point.

Is there a city you'd like to see taken out by a sharknado or two?
Maybe Rio de Janeiro. No matter what, I want to do it somewhere warm, because it was so cold in the City. So no matter where it is, it has to be warm.

Photo/Video credit: Syfy