Part 2 of Lindsay Lohan’s Today Show interview
Part 1 of Lindsay Lohan’s Today Show interview with Matt Lauer
By Randee Dawn
Lindsay Lohan wants to make amends: For her wild partying, for her very public arrests and court appearances, for — at the age of 25 — needing to make a comeback in an industry that once considered her a promising young talent. But when she sat down with TODAY’s Matt Lauer in an exclusive interview Thursday, she noted that having fallen so far so early in life might turn out to have a silver lining.
"I’d rather it be now and not have to deal with it — go through it later," she said. "It’s not that I don’t — I regret the choices that I’ve made, but I’m grateful for where I am today, because of them. I don’t need to see any more negative stuff. I don’t need to put myself in those places any more."
During the interview Lohan was well-spoken and composed, answering Lauer’s questions thoughtfully on a number of topics, including what she learned from her community service spent working in the L.A. County Morgue last year.
"The two women that I work with there have been so wonderful to me. I’ve learned so much from them…. It’s been a learning experience. I’m grateful that I’ve learned from it. It’s helped me," she said.
And, she admitted, “It had to come to that. I needed to experience it for whatever reason there is. And I’m grateful that I’ve learned from it. It’s helped me…. It was humbling.”
She’s looking forward to her March 3 hosting slot on “Saturday Night Live” (“I want to poke fun at myself”) and told Lauer that almost anything will go in terms of sketches … though she did speak to her attorney about not being disrespectful to the judge who presided over her case. “I’ve asked if certain things would be inappropriate or off-limits,” she explained.
They also brushed by her romantic life, which she says is not occupied at the moment — and she’s fine with that.
"I want to focus on me. And I want to focus on work," she said.
Life seems to be on the upswing for Lohan — her role as Elizabeth Taylor, “SNL,” getting the all clear from the judicial system — and undoubtedly many do wish her well. But as Lauer mentioned, many will also expect that Lindsay 2.0 can’t possibly last. “How do you feel when you know there are doubters out there like that?” he asked.
"If I harped on that and only focused on the negative and the people that doubted me, then I might be right back where they think I’ll be," she said. "But that’s not what I want for me…. I don’t want to go back to that place. I want to move forward with my life…. I want to keep growing and I want to keep growing in the right ways."
Lindsay on the Today show. Interview airs Thursday March 1st 2012
A preview of Lindsay Lohan’s Today Show interview with Matt Lauer
Lindsay Lohan being interviewed by Matt Lauer for the Today Show
Lindsay Lohan will be spending the holiday season in rehab, and her mother, Dina, says that she’s in favor of doing whatever it takes to heal her famous daughter. She stopped by the "Today" show to chat with Matt Lauer about her daughter’s current status.
"We’ll take it one day at a time," Dina explained. "I don’t have a crystal ball. I pray hard, and she wants to start her own facilities, help other children. She’s so public, we can only be positive and look to the future to help other families."
She explained that right now her daughter is in an “amazing place” and that the actress wants to become a “different person” now that she is in rehab. Lohan has reportedly been sending e-mails to friends to apologize for past behavior.
"It was life-changing. The Betty Ford Center is just an amazing place," Dina continued. "And I spent two weeks there in family sessions and you’re not necessarily with the person who’s in the facility. You spend time with families of addiction [talking about] the codependency. They’re helping the families deal with the problem. … [She’s] happy and relaxed. She’s been in a couple of facilities, but this one, to me, has really changed her. … They bring the problem to the surface."
Dina explained that right now Lindsay isn’t at the Betty Ford Center itself, but at a home being rehabbed for her addictions. “She spent the 30 days in the facility and now she’s in a home,” she said. “It’s like a safety net, they let you out to live your life. Lindsay’s gonna go back; she loves film. The pressure and the press, it’s [all her] trigger points.
"Lindsay wants to stay," she continued. "She’s learning the trigger points and why she turns to drugs and addiction. It’s a lifelong journey and I feel like this facility has helped me [understand all this too]. I just feel like it’s her journey and it’s up to her."
As for Lindsay’s past assertions that she isn’t an addict, Dina says that her daughter was not willing to face her demons. “Yes, [she gets that she’s an addict] and this teaches you that you are. And she’s young. And being so young, admitting that can only help her sobriety,” she explained, adding that she too can now cop to her daughter’s problems. “Yes, [I am]. When I first came here initially … I wasn’t in denial by far, but I think it was for her to come to her own evolution. For me, as a mother, I protect. You protect as a parent. Now I’m happy and relieved myself. I was guarded.”
Reports have surfaced that Lindsay has met with her father while in treatment. Dina wouldn’t confirm or deny those reports but pointed out that if reconciling with her father will help her heal, then she’s all for it.
"It’s all about Lindsay and her healing. Absolutely [she should have a healthy relationship with Michael]," she said. "Whatever will make Lindsay heal and [make] her better."