Thomas Ian Nicholas: 'American Reunion' Felt Like a Time Warp

PARADE Modified: April 9, 2012 at 6:46 pm •  Published: April 6, 2012
Say bye-bye to American Pie!

It’s been 13 years since audiences were first introduced to the 1999 teen cult classic American Pie. Now, the gang is back for its final sequel: American Reunion.

The group of former sex-crazed teens (now sex-crazed adults!) return home for their high school reunion and it's everything Pie fans could hope for: good friends, lots of laughs, and plenty of debauchery.

Thomas Ian Nicholas, who reprises his role as sweet-natured Kevin Myers, talked to about reuniting with his co-stars, his "grown-up" beard, and the one scene that stands up to the first film's infamous "pie scene."

What has Kevin Myers been up to since graduation?
“Kevin is right where we would expect him to be. As you’ve seen with the first three movies, Kevin has sort of realized that he wasn’t going to be able to relive his high school days for the rest of his life and that things were going to change, so he’s moved on and gotten married, not to Vicky [Tara Reid], but to someone else, and he is working as an architect. He’s stayed in touch with everyone and once again is the ring leader in making sure that everyone comes back together for this high school reunion craziness called American Reunion.”

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And he has a beard!
“Yes, that is the main change in Kevin — now he has facial hair! Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, our writers/directors, thought that someone needed to have a beard to show the passage of time and really that’s why we had to wait ten years to make this movie because that’s how long it took me to grow this thing!”

What was the first day on set like?
“I know this is going to sound kinda crazy, but it was very natural and surreal. I had thought that I had matured in my own life and become a responsible adult, but when I walked into the room and started talking to everyone, it was like I was back in my youth and no time had passed. It was really like a big reunion.”

Did you know you had a hit on your hands when you were filming the first movie?
“No, there’s no way we could have known. When I was doing the first American Pie movie, I was just happy to have a job. We had a good time and it was a great group of people, but like any project that I’ve worked on in my career, you just put your best foot forward and you’re all working together to make the best movie possible. It proved to be a successful film beyond any of our wildest dreams. I was just thankful that it transitioned me from being a kid actor into a young adult.”

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What was it like to be back on those old sets?

“It was so weird! We shot the first film in L.A. in actual houses and we filmed this movie on location in Atlanta, so they actually built all the sets to match the real homes that we had been in on the first films.
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