April Shepard’s fate was left up in the air at the conclusion of last year’s “Sharknado” installment but fans can expect to see her return in the fourth movie. “Sharknado: The 4th Awakens” will see the revival of Tara Reid’s character when it premieres on Syfy Sunday night.
When viewers last saw April she had just given birth inside of a shark. Moments after the strange delivery she looked into the sky only to see a piece of space debris flying right towards her. Syfy let their viewers decide whether April lived or died and thankfully for the actress, her character will live on to see another shark-infested day.
“I didn’t know I was going to be in it when I read it. I was like, ‘Oh my god.’ I kinda got scared,” Reid told International Business Times of the shocking “Sharknado 3” cliffhanger. Despite her character’s life hanging in the balance, she said she enjoyed the unique fan-vote concept. “It was definitely a scary feeling for sure but in the end it was good,” she told IBT. “It actually worked out!”
While April will return for “Sharknado 4” fans shouldn’t expect to see the same-old character. Fin Shepard’s (Ian Ziering) wife will be barely recognizable when she makes her debut in the upcoming feature, which features a five-year time jump. “She’s been dead. She was brain dead in hospital for the last five years. They thought she died,” the 40-year-old dished, saying doctors even “pulled the plug” before April’s mad scientist dad was able to put her back together again.
“She’s like half robot, half human,” Reid explained. “She’s so strong. She can lift cars and she can fly and she has incredible strength.”
Going into the new film, Reid said she had to prepare for her role differently then past years. “I felt like I was training for ‘Rocky,’” she said with a laugh. “It was totally different training for this film. It’s a completely different angle. She really comes back as a superhero.”
April’s new abilities will make her a force to be reckoned with during the next shark invasion. While Reid said she’s most looking forward to fans seeing a scene where she saves a child, she’s also pumped about her character being able to save more lives in general. “She pushes off the car and saves the kids’ life,” Reid spoiled of her favorite new sequence. “She does a lot of saving with her strength.”
Viewers won’t only get to see a new and improved April, they’ll also get to meet Baby Shepard, who Reid compared to Bam Bam from “The Flinstones” cartoon. “You see the baby. He’s grown up now,” she said, calling the youngster’s scenes some of the more emotional parts of the film. “He has both of his parents’ best qualities. He’s already a little superhero himself already. He has certain strengths and powers that most kids don’t have.”
While catching the new “Sharknado” film is sure to a priority for Reid’s fans, it’s not the only project she has lined up. The actress also stars in the Bollywood dramedy “Tie The Knot,” which premiered in May. “I just find the whole process of filmmaking and what they do and the songs and the dances are so cool,” Reid commented of the popular overseas genre. “The fact that they kind of learn to collide the two together, I thought it was a great idea and I wanted to be a part of it.”
Further down the line Reid says there’s talk of another “Sharknado” sequel, “American Pie 5,” and she is due to start filming the adventure-fantasy film “Dark Ascension” in London this fall.
“Sharknado: The 4th Awakens” premieres Sunday, July 31, at 8 p.m. EDT on Syfy.