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New "Sharknado" Stars Explain Why Original Film Was So Popular

Syfy(LOS ANGELES) -- Let the hype begin for the sequel to the hit Syfy movie Sharknado.

Sharknado 2: The Second One doesn't premiere until July 30, but its stars spent Tuesday promoting the film in California. Ian Ziering and Tara Reid return to the series, joined by newcomers Mark McGrath, Kelly Osbourne, Judah Friedlander and Kari Wuhrer, among others.

McGrath, the frontman for the band Sugar Ray and an occasional TV host, couldn't contain his excitement when he was offered a role.

He recalled on Tuesday, "I don't make my living as an actor. I felt like I won a contest."

Friedlander, who starred in 30 Rock, said he was drawn to the Sharknado sequel because the first film, which debuted last year, was so entertaining.

"Even if you think you know what's going to happen next, it's not going to happen the way you think it's going to," he said.

Another reason why the film was so popular, especially on social media, according to Wuhrer, is that people have a strong interest in sharks.

"They live in a different environment than we do. You can watch them on film and just be fascinated by their dead eyes and their ferocity," she explained.

In Sharknado 2: The Second One, the man-eaters invade New York City.

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