Funny how helpful a cult film can be. "Sharknado" is doing very good things for Aubrey Peeples, who played the daughter of Ian Ziering ("Beverly Hills 90210") and Tara Reid ("Scrubs") in the Syfy phenomenon.

"Sharknado" will air again at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 on Syfy, but it's landing in movie theaters for a late-night showing Friday.

Peeples, a 2012 grad of Lake Mary Preparatory School, credits local theater with inspiring her career choice. The Los Angeles-based actress is busy with new projects. She will have a recurring role on ABC's "Nashville" in the fall, play Nicolas Cage's daughter in the film "Tokarev" and appear in "Star-Crossed," a CW series for midseason. But all questions start with "Sharknado," which Peeples has seen twice. 

Why did "Sharknado" catch on?

We went into making this crazy film thinking it would have a small following. We all kind of expected to get some attention. I have no idea why it caught on except that it's entertaining. We've been compared to "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." We're all grateful for the response.

What was it like to work with Ian Ziering and Tara Reid?

Ian and Tara were great. They knew what they were doing. The entire cast was great. When you're tossed in a freezing tank, you bond with other actors. The house scene, where the shark is swimming through the house, that was done in a pool.

What do you say to a sequel?

That would be awesome. Syfy has ordered it. I say the more "Sharknado," the better.

Has "Sharknado" done good things for your career?

It has, just from the recognition that the film has been getting. It's been great publicity. I'm one of the lesser known actors. I learned from the other actors. Even though it's a crazy film, you learn.

How important was local theater to your development? What stands out?

I grew up doing musical theater. I basically lived at Orlando Rep a good 10 years. I saw my first show at Civic Theatre and knew I wanted to act. It's so important for an actor to do theater. Acting is acting. You have to change the technique based on the medium, but at the end of the day it's still acting. It was so much fun playing Millie in "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at the Rep. I loved playing Adele Astaire in "Let's Face the Music" at Winter Park Playhouse.

Which of your TV roles stand out?

Doing "Burn Notice" was really great. It was an opportunity to do a dramatic role. I got to go to a dark place and explore that side of my range. I got to figure out what works for me as an actor. I've been kidnapped a lot. I've played a victim a few times.

What was it like playing Nicolas Cage's daughter?

I just wrapped filming that two weeks ago. Working with Nic was amazing. The first time I met him, the first scene, he had to be emotional. We said hello. The director calls action, and he had to be emotional. Right away tears are falling from his face to my shoulder. For him to continue to put in the hard work, he's great. He's so emotionally committed to his work.

What are you filming now?

I am working on "Nashville." It's a recurring role. I've done some recording. It's been such a thrill to be on it. [ABC says she will play Layla, the runner-up on an "American Idol"-type competition show.] I shot the pilot of "Star-Crossed," which was picked up by The CW. I will be recurring. I don't know how much they'll use me.

What's your advice to young actors?

It's a lot about your passion and wanting it. Aside from that, it's about hard work and putting in the hours and being dedicated to it. It's a really tough business. Get tough and get dedicated. That's what makes it the most rewarding.