Tara Reid Is Bloodied and Bruised: "This Is What Bullying Looks Like"

Actress shares a sneak peek from her movie Worthless

By Zach Johnson Sep 14, 2016 12:05 PMTags

Everyone can relax: Tara Reid is doing just fine.

The 40-year-old actress took a startling selfie on the set of her new movie, Worthless, and shared it via social media Tuesday. Reid's bloodied and bruised appearance led some fans to express concern over her safety, but they needn't have worried: She was just wearing makeup.

"I'm so excited being back in New Jersey where I was born and raised. I'm shooting my new movie Worthless," she tweeted Monday. "It's an anti bullying movie." When Reid shared the picture via Instagram Tuesday, she wrote, "Everyone be kind to each other. This is what bullying looks like." When she tweeted the picture, Reid clarified that it was taken "on my new movie."

Reid—who last reprised her role as April Wexler in SyFy's Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens—is no stranger to bullying, making Worthless extra personal. As she recently told In Touch, "Today is harder than ever for teens with all the cyber bullying out there. I'm part of a 'No Hate' campaign because bullying has become so out of control with the Internet. I want to put an end to it."

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For years, Reid said she was bullied over her physical appearance. Today, though, "I feel great about my body," she said. "People always tell me to eat a burger—I love burgers! If I were to gain 10 pounds, I'd be asked why I got fat. I'm thin—and I'm good with that. People need to stop with the body shaming! I won't let what anyone says stop me from enjoying my life."

That attitude applies to her penchant for partying, too. But that's not what she'd like to be known for anymore. "I like to have fun when I'm not working. But I'm professional while I'm at work, and I've never been in trouble or arrested," Reid told the tabloid, "so I don't deserve it!"

The hardest part of being in show business has been "getting roles" with a party girl reputation. "I truly feel I need to constantly prove myself in this business. I've done 46 movies, and it's still tough to get roles when you're misunderstood and judged," the actress told In Touch. "I've learned to not take things too seriously," she said, "and that not everyone is going to love you."