"[All the fun] goes down in this house," she said. "When you go out, you get in trouble. People take the wrong camera phone angles and then the media twists the story. You get filmed again, then you wind up being a prisoner in your house, because you're afraid to go out because you'll get in trouble."
In 1999, Tara described what could happen on one of those nightly outings that could get a celebrity in trouble.
"Sometimes you just go out at night and you drink a little more than you think you can drink and you think you're fine and then you realize the next morning that you blacked out," she said.
In addition to her infamous partying days, Tara also suffered a much-talked-about wardrobe malfunction in 2004. Now older and wiser, she offered some advice to her younger self.
"There's so much I've done in my life," Tara said. "Everything is timing in life, but if you don't learn from your mistakes you don't really learn."
Tara's career is now on an upswing thanks to Syfy's popular Sharknado movies. The sequel, Sharknado 2: The Second One, drew in an impressive 3.9 million viewers in July 2014, making it Syfy's most-watched original movie ever. These numbers were up 180 percent versus the 2013 premiere of the original Sharknado, which scored an audience of 1.4 million viewers.
"Sharknado turned out to be -- in my opinion -- bigger than even American Pie," Tara said.