Lindsay Lohan may be one of Hollywood’s most talked about young actresses but it doesn’t stop her from being as in-demand as the tabloids that follow her every move. Her latest film is Just my Luck and she talked luck and fame with Paul Fischer.
Question: What are you wearing?
Question: You cut your leg?
Lohan: No, I didn’t cut my leg, I fractured – I have a hairline fracture in my foot. It’s funny, because when we were filming – I slipped coming out of the shower, but on the film, I twisted my ankle, when we were shooting in New York, my right foot, and it’s really ironic, because the film’s called ‘Just My Luck.’ And yesterday, I was coming out of the shower yesterday morning and I slipped and fell like this. So I can’t wear heels, that’s the bad thing.
Question: Do you think you’re an unlucky person?
Lohan: No, I think I’m very lucky. Look at this cast!
Question: What about the accidents?
Lohan: Everyone has accidents.
Question: Do you have a good luck charm?
Lohan: Yeah, I do. My sister. This bracelet that I have on, is a good luck charm.
Question: Where did you get that from?
Lohan: Caviar and Kind on Sunset Blvd. You can actually see it on the cover of W magazine, yes, the Chanel suit, thank you very much. Yeah, I have good luck charms. Bree [Turner] got me a really nice ring that I still have, I keep it as a good luck charm.
Question: They have matching tattoos.
Lohan: They were there when I got my first.
Question: What did you get, where is it?
Lohan: I got La Bella Vida. They said it was something else, like the beautiful view, and it’s on my lower back. It was for my grandfather, it means a beautiful life.
Question: Did you bond on set?
Lohan: We actually wrote music. We should do a DVD special on that.
Question: Was this film your chance to get to a broader audience?
Lohan: Yeah. I mean, it’s kind of like a coming of age thing for me, and everything that I’m doing after this, my characters are the same age if not older, and maturing, and I mean, you can only act as if you’re in high school for so long, I feel. But it kind of was the perfect thing for me, because it’s not too – it’s not a dark film, so I can still keep the fan base that I’ve grown with. And it’s a really lovely film and it’s romantic comedy, and it’s my first romantic comedy, and I get to kiss Chris [Pine] in it. It’s a great film for me, it still has a good message, and I think that’s important, and I still have a young audience to look out for, and this is acceptable for the younger audience, and for people that are older than me, and I think – it was hard for me to find that kind of film, so it was nice that I found it.
Question: Do you ever feel fame shelters you from the real world?
Lohan: In general? Yeah. Not really. It depends on who you surround yourself with. If you surround yourself with people that are gonna treat you as they would if you didn’t have your pictures everywhere, and I don’t think – no. I have a really great family and great group of people, and I consider myself a pretty humble person. Fame is fame. What is fame?
Question: Did you audition guys based on who you’d have to kiss?
Lohan: We looked at pictures. One looked like Josh Berger from ‘Sex and the City,’ I liked that.
Question: Why did you choose ‘A Prairie Home Companion?’
Lohan: Would you turn down a movie that Robert Altman was directing and Meryl Streep was playing your mother in? [laughs] I wouldn’t recommend it if you were to say yes. That actually – that movie, right after I finished this, even while I was finishing ‘Just My Luck,’ we had started talking about ‘Prairie Home Companion,’ and I wasn’t aware of exactly what it was, and I spoke to my grandmother about it, and she kind of informed me what it was about, and the movie was coming together, and then I heard Meryl Streep’s name and then I heard Michelle Pfeiffer at one point, and then it just – it finally just came together one day and they said okay, we’re making the movie, and they want you to be Meryl Streep’s daughter in it. And my role kind of got bigger as we went along, because I became friends with Garrison Keillor, so, it was amazing, and then I would look at the call sheet, and I would just see the most – these actors who I didn’t believe were coming onto the set every day, it was a wonderful experience, and a great one, a good experience for me as my first independent film. And it was nice to be able to sing live, and it’s just one of those movies where it’s always nice to have to look back on, it’s an amazing kind of monumental film in its own way.
Question: What point did the singing come into play?
Lohan: I was definitely nervous. Everyone was there that day on the set. On that day they just happened to have to be there on the side of the stage, and I only rehearsed that song I think three times, and they kept changing it, I was nervous. It was – we don’t really have musicals that are done like this movie. And Robert Altman obviously has a way of kind of incorporating comedy and the darker side in films, and it’s kind of a creepy movie in its own way, but it’s still really funny. But we’re not talking about that movie.
Question: Did you get to keep wardrobe?
Lohan: After you wear it, day in and day out, you don’t really want to keep it. [laughs]
Question: Was there anything in particular you liked, though?
Lohan: I liked the white Versace jacket.
Question: You didn’t keep any of that?
Lohan: I kept some stuff, we all kept some stuff.
Question: When you’re doing stuff, do you know it’s going to be funny while you’re doing it?
Lohan: Yeah, if I’m going to walk into a glass wall, I’d hope that people will laugh. But I also want to point out that when we did the scene when we were shooting all through the night, the washer dryer scene, which is my favourite, we had – I got a rash, remember? I just started breaking out in like hives all over from the soap.
Question: Did you have a double for any of the stunts?
Lohan: We had, I did have a stunt double, but I ended up doing it. For the scene – everyone’s afraid on the set, because I was wearing stilettos, that I would hurt myself, I ended up doing that, but in this particular scene when I’m in the bowling alley, and I’m cleaning the floor, I’m waxing the floor, they didn’t want me to do it, because they were nervous, which they should be, but I actually ended up doing it.
Question: Do you get more satisfaction from slapstick than from reciting funny lines?
Lohan: I think that slapstick comedy tends to be more effected, just because it’s a visual of someone hurting themselves. It can be funny sometimes.
Question: You really seem to dive in.
Lohan: I feel like if I’m gonna go for it, then I’m gonna go for it. At first it’s always nerve wracking, and then once you get comfortable with it, then you realize, well I want to make it as funny as I possibly can. But I don’t prefer one or the other. This is the first time I really did a lot of physical comedy. And I really enjoyed it.
Question: Have you gone to a tarot card reading?
Lohan: I drive by that place so many times when I’m in New York, where we actually shot it. And I pass where the – it’s an actual, I didn’t know it was an actual place.
Question: Are girlfriends important to you?
Lohan: Oh yeah, absolutely. What are you without friends? I’m a girls girl. No offence.
Question: You went shopping a lot?
Lohan: We found some good vintage shops there. And I tried to get – remember we kept passing like the voodoo places. And Giacomo’s was like the place where we went to eat. And there is one in New York, I didn’t know that. Now I do.
Question: Are you superstitious?
Lohan: No hats on the table. Hats on the bed and hats on the table. How come no one knows hats on the bed? I’m psychotic when it comes to hats on the bed. for some reason, everyone puts a hat on my bed, I’m like, it’s the one thing, I need to put a sign up in my room. It’s bad luck. I didn’t make it up. I feel like, when I don’t go by the superstitions, and if I leave a hat on the bed, it’s all mental.
Question: What’s your to do list?
Lohan: I think I have my life for the next, what is it, two years right now, I’m going into another film, I think it starts in two weeks. I’m gonna be photographing, I think Karl Lagerfeld, just whenever I find the time to go, I’m going to Paris to shoot, that’s fun, it’s been a hobby that I’ve been…I have a bunch of other movies coming out, so we’re going to all the festivals, for ‘Bobby.’
Question: Who do you play in that?
Lohan: Actually, she was based on a woman that inspired Emilio to write her in this movie, he went to write the script, and was staying at the only hotel, and he went to this hotel, and he walked in to go to check in, the woman noticed him, she said – her name is not Diane, but I’m Diane in this. She said can I ask what you’re doing here? It’s a random place for you to come. And he said I’m writing a movie, and she goes well can I ask what it’s about or is it some big Hollywood secret? And he said no, it’s about the assassination of Bobby Kennedy. And the way he described it, she grabbed the desk, and she put her head down, and she looked up and tears were welling in her eyes, and she was like, I was there. It sounds crazy that she actually did this – she married I think it was probably three or four men, that she’d known in her life, so they didn’t have to go to Vietnam, which was completely inappropriate, god forbid – women didn’t have the right to kind of – they weren’t allowed to say what they felt, it’s not like it is now. And it’s a nice character, and I have some great scenes in it, and the movie’s beautiful.
Question: Was it strange that it took place before you were alive?
Lohan: No. I think it’s actually – it’s a great thing for me, my sister was on the set a few times, and she learned so much, and she was actually learning about the assassination in school at the time, so I brought her, she came to visit me and stayed with me for a few weeks, and she learned so much just being there, and for me, for my younger fan base, I think it’s kind of nice that I can try and draw the audience in so they can learn from that.
Question: Who are most of your scenes with?
Lohan: Sharon Stone, William H. Macy, Elijah Wood, that’s really it. I know that it’s Demi Moore and Anthony Hopkins and I are gonna go and promote it. That’s an honour.
Question: Are you shooting for Karl as a model?
Lohan: I’m shooting him. Yeah. I don’t want to give too much detail. He just shot me for an interview, as Clara Bow and as Elizabeth Taylor. But I’m going to shoot him for an interview. Karl’s a genius, and I love the things that he does.
Question: So you’re actually interviewing him? What is it like to be on the other side?
Lohan: It’s scary. When I had to interview my friend, I was like, I can’t – I just kept the tape recorder rolling, and it was a great interview, and they thanked me so much because I got everything out of them. And I just left it rolling and I was like I don’t know what to ask you, you’re my friend, it’s so awkward! Putting someone on the spot like that, I felt bad [laughs]. But he was great.
Question: What next?
Lohan: First I’m doing ‘Bill’ with Aaron Eckhart. It’s kind of a strange – it’s a dry humour film, and I play – I’m really excited to see him in this role, he’s putting on some weight for the movie I think. Seems like all the guys I work with have to put on weight for the roles, Jared Leto just put on so many pounds for the character. I don’t know, I don’t want to say too much about it, but I start it in two weeks, and that shoots in St. Louis.
Question: And the Jared Leto film, that’s the mark David Chapman film. How did you connect with that time?
Lohan: I actually, I sat down with Yoko Ono a few times to talk to her about it, because I didn’t want – it’s a very touchy subject, and nobody wanted me to do the movie, that worked for me. Just because John Lennon is a legend. And I was actually really nervous going into it, because I did get death threats and everything, but the director I believe in, and he’s a good friend of mine. I saw a bit of, like half the movie, no music or anything, I’ve never seen a movie like that, while he was editing it, and it really made me nervous [laughs], but I love my character in the movie, and she’s just such a – she’s such a genuine fan of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, in the film, and she’s the light in the movie, she’s like the Hitchcock blonde, but I’m not blonde in it. But she reminds me of that. And Jarrett Schaeffer’s a great director, and he’s doing a great job with it, and Jared Leto did a great job. And it was interesting to me. But I wanted to get the okay from Yoko Ono.
Question: Was that a reason to talk to her?
Lohan: No, I’m friends with Sean, I just did a music video, actually, and we write things together.
Question: What were your impressions of Yoko?
Lohan: I nearly died. I walked in and we were wearing almost the same thing, I swear to God. We were both wearing all black, because I was like I need to wear something that Yoko would wear. She was so sweet, and just amazing in the things that she had to say. My tattoo is the back story behind it is, when her and John Lennon, one of the first times they met. I don’t know, just the things that she’s done are wonderful.
Question: Do you have anything musically coming up?
Lohan: ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ CD is coming out, the soundtrack of the movie. I don’t know, I’m filming here, after ‘Bill,’ I’m filming Chapter 27, and then I’m filming I think maybe in Barcelona, and then ‘Speechless.’
Question: What drives you to work so hard?
Lohan: You know what? They’re independents, so it’s so much easier, I feel. Seriously, it feels like a lot less pressure to me, there’s not as much money, so they shoot for a short amount of time, and I really like just all the different characters. It’s nice that I’m able to travel and not be in New York or L.A. and places where I’m gonna see everyone that I know and just kind of focus on the work, and it’s experience, and I want to have as much experience as I can, you only live once.
Question: How do you feel about tabloid stories? What is your life really like?
Lohan: Apparently I just go out to clubs. With a sprained ankle and all. I spend as much time as I can with my friends, when I’m in the same place as them. And when I’m in New York it’s great, because I’m really close with my sister, and I just whenever she’s with me, I think she makes me happy. She’s gonna play a younger me in a movie, so that she’ll be able to be with me.
Question: What film?
Lohan: ‘Veronica Decides to Die.’
Question: Do you like independent films more now?
Lohan: I think it’s just those are the projects that have caught my eye. And they’re different.
Question: Who spreads the rumours about you?
Lohan: If you can find out…I don’t know. Drama sells. So people are gonna keep doing – if I’ve dated as many men as they say I have, then I’d be dead by now. Honestly, I would. It’s just – but you come into this industry, and you want that, you want to be written about, to an extent, obviously, but you’re putting yourself on a place where people are gonna put you on a pedestal, and sometimes they build you up to try to take you down, but that teaches you to work harder, and then it becomes what I love to do. When I was four years old, I didn’t say, I want to be written about as going to Bungalow 8 every night, and showing up to set late. You live and you learn.
Question: You can’t be all these places they say you are.
Lohan: I read that I’m in New York when I’m here, my mom was mad at me because she’s like you’re in New York, you’re not coming home? I’m not in New York!
Question: Did Meryl give you advice? What was your relationship?
Lohan: More of a friend relationship rather than maternal. And her daughters are there all the time, and one is my age, and one’s older and one’s younger, and they’re really sweet. And the whole cast went to dinner every single night. We had nothing else really to do. So everyone really got close to each other, it was like a big family, just really amazing. Meryl and I were going – she was getting ready to do ‘Devil Wears Prada’ after that, so she was like, I don’t know anything about fashion. And then I asked her to do W, after that.
Question: Do you have your own fashion sense, or do you have stylists?
Lohan: You collaborate with people. It’s always more interesting when you have other people’s opinions.
Question: Do you like the same stuff as Sarah Jessica Parker, can you relate to her?
Lohan: Actually, I can, because I used her tailor once.
Question: Do you have any favourite designers or brands?
Lohan: A lot [laughs]. Honestly a lot. I’m just thinking collections, because I’ve just been doing all fashion shoots. Yves St. Laurent’s collection is something I really like. I like Chanel.
Question: Do you have a lot of clothes?
Lohan: Oh my god, if you saw my closet. I never need to shop again. I like to collect a lot, I collect pieces. I like fashion a lot.
Question: So you were in New Orleans.
Lohan: We took a lot of road trips too. Baton Rouge.
Question: What music did you play?
Lohan: We played the Cure.
Question: What do you like to work out to?
Lohan: I don’t like to run. Madonna. All Madonna, vintage Madonna.
Question: You can work out anywhere, we hear.
Lohan: This is something I do, and people think I’m a little bit crazy for it. I just drop and do push ups. And leg lifts, but push ups, I’m always doing push ups, and because they said I have really skinny arms once, and I like doing push ups. And my brother used to make fun of me because I couldn’t do push ups.
Question: How many do you do at a time?
Lohan: As many as I can. I’m pretty good, though, I’ve gotten good. I can do a good amount.
Question: Are they girl push ups?
Question: Are they one armed?
Lohan: No, but I have to do one leg right now because of my ankle [laughs]. Justin Long, when we were doing ‘Herbie,’ he had to get hyped up in a scene, he drops and does push ups, and I’d be like what are you doing? We know that you have good muscles, great.
Question: What was the café situation?
Lohan: We had a lot of paparazzi, and I had to freak out in the scene and shove bacon in my mouth. I was so nervous, and then Donald blocked it off at one point. There were just so many of them. I yelled at someone once.
Question: Do they always have to protect you on every set?
Lohan: I usually should have someone with me, but I never do.
Question: You didn’t have that much of a problem with paparazzi.
Lohan: Not in New Orleans. When I was shooting the Altman film, they had a big billboard up, Lindsay please call the radio station, right next to the Fitzgerald Theatre, and I walk in and I was like, I was thinking to myself, and I was walking with like Lily Tomlin or someone, standing outside, you have like Woody Harrelson, John C. Reilly, dressed in their cowboy get up from the film, and they were like all chasing me, and Meryl was like go, follow, and I was like take her picture, follow her. They’ll do it for a few days when you’re away, and then they come back here because something’s going on in L.A. or New York that they have to find out about. But they can make it up now.
Question: Did you call the radio station?
Lohan: I did, and I’ve done a lot of radio and had interviews with them. And we’re having the premiere there next week.
Question: Did you ever had a streak of bad luck like your character?
Lohan: If I did, then I don’t know about it. But everyone, you have to have – you have to go through highs and lows in life to kind of learn to appreciate things, just as Ashley Albright in the film.
Question: How do you feel?
Lohan: I don’t care at this point. [laughs] I’m comfortable in my own skin, I’ve learned to be. I feel like I kind of have to change my hair colour sometimes, because when I do, this is like probably – this is the film where I was last red, and I’m red for a while in film, and then I’m in all these tabloids, and people see me as Lindsay, about me, but then it’s hard for them to kind of believe that I’m playing someone else in a movie when I look exactly the same, and so I feel like changing my hair colour kind of allows me –
Question: A separation?
Lohan: Yeah. It just helps me more, and I feel like it’ll help the viewers of the film, kind of believe that I’m not Lindsay.
Question: What beauty stuff do you indulge in?
Lohan: Fake tans. I met this woman recently, last week I hosted Saturday Night Live, I wanted to go out and I felt really white and pale, so I wanted to go for the tan, so Lorne Michaels was like, you’re not leaving. I don’t know if you’re going to come back, and I was like, no I’ll be back, don’t worry. So he goes no, we’ve already sent for someone to come in. So this woman shows up, she gives me like a paper set of underpants to put on, I was like no that’s fine, I’ll keep my shorts on, and she takes out this whole set up, and this bottle, and she has me stand there like this, and she sprays me and then we’re about to do the show, she’s like it’s about to get darker, I was like what do you mean, how much darker is it gonna get in the next hour and a half? It’s live, you know. And so we did the dress, and when we did the dress rehearsal, by the end of the dress rehearsal, Lorne comes up to me and goes, you know, we’re wondering if you could do something about the tan, you’re looking a little orange. I was like, you’re the one who sent her here! I was so terrified. But then it washed off really nicely.
Question: Do you always fake tan?
Lohan: Yeah, I don’t go in the sun that much.