Liane Bonin
July 09, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

”American Pie” has some adults steaming over the movie’s less-than-subtle take on teen sex. But ”Pie” star Tara Reid thinks they should just grow up. ”Everyone’s asking us about the movie being raunchy,” groans the 23-year-old actress. ”But it’s like, this stuff is real.” Or, at least some of it was for Reid and several of her costars when they were in high school. ”Just like my character, I wanted my first time to be perfect,” she says. ”If I could’ve I would have planned the whole thing out. Of course, it didn’t turn out that way and was a total disaster, but we won’t go there.”

”Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Alyson Hannigan, who plays a hopeless band geek in ”Pie,” didn’t fare much better than her character when she was a student at North Hollywood High. ”I was depressed,” says the 24-year-old. ”I dressed in black, dyed my hair black, and walked around aimlessly, the loneliest person in the world. I had friends, but I never felt like I fit anywhere.”

Jason Biggs, the movie’s pie-lovin’ virgin, was spending too much time slaving away in Broadway productions and TV commercials to worry about being popular in school. ”I was a pretty good kid,” the 21-year-old says. ”I was juggling school with acting, so I was always busy.” Still, ”I had my R-rated moments, you know.” And what’s the biggest difference between on-screen high school and real-life high school? ”Better food,” says costar Chris Klein. ”On a movie, you get a catering truck with sweets and stuff.” Just stay clear of the pies, thanks very much.

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