Even the "Sharknado" stars were surprised by its success last summer, with Ziering admitting he only really did the film was to earn enough to cover his insurance through SAG-AFTRA.
"I told my wife, I don't think this is something I should do and she said, with daughter Mia on her lap and Penna still in her belly, 'Look, you need to go to work, we're gonna have a baby in April.' I thought, damn, I better take one for the team," Ziering said. "You have to make so much to get the insurance with SAG and this met that requirement but I did it begrudgingly."
When Ziering and Reid signed onto the first film it was called "Dark Skies." A week into filming when producers told them the title was changing to "Sharknado," they freaked out.
"'Dark Skies' sounded legit, that wouldn't be bad on the resume," Reid said. "When they told us the title was changing to 'Sharknado,' I was on the phone with my agent, Ian's on the phone with his agent. We had a conversation, 'Let's pull out. We can't put 'Sharknado' on our resumes. It's gonna ruin everything.'"
Instead, "Sharknado" became a sensation.
I'll have more on "Sharknado 2" in the Post-Gazette later this month.