Sunday night marked the first time we’ve heard from Lindsay Lohan since her most recent stint in rehab, in her highly anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Filmed four days after she left her 6th rehab facility, Lohan appeared healthier than we’ve seen her in a while on “Oprah’s Next Chapter.”
Lohan said she’s in “a different head space” now and vowed to stay “present and clear-headed and focused.”
“I feel whole again,” she told Winfrey, “and I have such a desire to want to keep this feeling and stay this way, and I’m willing to do whatever it takes.”
Oprah reminds us that on July 6, 2010, Lohan violated her probation after missing her alcohol counseling sessions. She was sentenced to 90 days in jail, but only served two weeks because of jail overcrowding.
The actress said that being an addict and surrounded by so much chaos made her “kind of want” to go to jail.
“I think it was just to have some peace and just have no choice but to just sit and be,” Lohan told Winfrey. “I’ll never forget that moment (of being sentenced).”
Lohan said she hates being known – as Winfrey put it – “as an adjective and verb for bad behavior and child star gone wrong.” It’s not at all what Lohan said she aspired to be.
But she believes she can turn it around.
Lohan says her drug of choice is alcohol, but she’s used cocaine more than she admitted in the past, because it allowed her to drink more.
She says she is no longer taking the ADHD drug Adderall, and that she was calmer without it. The only pills she takes now, according to her, are vitamins.
Lohan spoke of a life steeped in chaos, starting with her home life, although she differed with a common perception that her parents had exploited her talents for financial gain.
“Nobody’s perfect,” she said of her parents, themselves tabloid fodder, adding “I love my family.”
“I don’t think anything was intentionally done … they’re just parents,” Lohan said when Winfrey asked about the possibility of her parents having exploited her.
“I don’t blame anyone for my mistakes,” she added. “I did that, and I’m not proud of it.”
She told Oprah that she is ready to “work really hard and stay focused and prove myself in the way that I did before in the past and I lost. I have to regain the trust of people in my career that have their doubts and I fully respect that on their behalf.”
The interview kicked off Winfrey’s OWN network’s Lohan programming, which will also include a reality docu-series about Lohan’s attempt to get her life back on track.
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