There was seldom a day when the former child star wasn’t in the news during her heyday in the aughts.
Lohan, 34, will return to acting next year in a Netflix Christmas rom-com — one of the streaming service’s most popular tentpoles — after years away from the spotlight and as far away from Hollywood as she possibly could.
However, onlookers are puzzled as to why this is happening now. Lohan has spent the last five years focusing on her lifestyle business, with her namesake clubs in Greece and a new interest for “NFTs” — non-fungible tokens — where works of art are auctioned online for millions of dollars.
She currently lives in Dubai with her long-time banker lover.
Why would she give up her tranquil, pleasant life for a very recognized company that treated her so badly?
It’s possible that the world now is friendlier to its youthful stars. Famous women who were treated horribly by the press 20 years ago, such as Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, and Monica Lewinsky, are now being viewed in a new, more sympathetic light as people have learned to understand the gravity of their circumstances.
“She was always being exploited by people, treated like meat by the paparazzi,” a longtime friend of Lohan’s told The Washington Post.
“She was being watched, and her pals were selling her out by the dozen. It was difficult to see — and she had no clear direction.”
“We all played a part in what happened, and we didn’t do anything to stop it. We gave her a lot of access to things that I don’t believe a teenager should have, including access to clubs. She was 17 or 18 years old, and she had no business being in these settings at that age.”
Then, in May, Chrissy Teigen, who has been chastised for her previous online bullying conduct, sent a stunning tweet. Teigen, dressed as a real-life “Mean Girl,” stated on Twitter in January 2011:
“Lindsay adds a couple more slits to her wrists when she sees emma stone.” Teigen was making fun of the actress’s revelation that she had previously slashed herself.
Lohan has been silent about Teigen’s bullying, but her mother, Dina, told The Washington Tweet on Friday that the family was disturbed by the 2011 post.
“When someone says terrible things, they are hurting not just that individual, but also their siblings, their mother, and their grandmother,” Dina explained. “They’re causing so much suffering.”
Lohan began modeling as a child, and at the age of 11, she starred with Dennis Quaid and the late Natasha Richardson in Nancy Meyers’ adaptation of “The Parent Trap,” in which she played twins – one British and the other American.
Her talent as an actress was immediately apparent.
Her father, Michael Lohan, recalled taking his little daughter to the film’s final audition.
“Dina used to take Lindsay for modeling when she was younger, and when she was eight, she got [the soap series] ‘Another World,’” he told CN News. It was the first time I saw her perform when I drove her to her audition for “The Parent Trap.”
“I was standing behind the camera with Nancy and her [then] husband Charles, and I just began crying because Lindsay was in bed with Natasha. I couldn’t believe she was so gifted. It was incredible.”
Lohan’s acting career took off after that.
In 2003, she played with Jamie Lee Curtis in “Freaky Friday,” and a year later, she landed her most renowned part as Cady Heron in Tina Fey’s now-classic adolescent comedy “Mean Girls.”
Her spectacular rise, however, had a negative impact on her personal life.
When Lohan’s stardom came crashing down on her like a sledgehammer at the age of 17, an old acquaintance was present.
“Lindsay blew up shortly after ‘Freaky Friday,’ and I was there to witness her soar and fall,” the buddy claimed. “She couldn’t have a nice night out unless it was on the cover of Us Weekly or on Page Six, and she couldn’t go on a date unless it was on the cover of Us Weekly or on Page Six — and that’s a pretty hard life to live.”
The scenario became much more complicated. Lohan was twice convicted of drunk driving, once for drug use, in 2007, went to rehab three times, and received an 84-minute prison sentence.
Between 2007 and 2012, she appeared in court more than 20 times as a result of her substance misuse issues.
“There was a group of females who were targeted by the media back then, and when the tabloids became weekly, they couldn’t travel anywhere,” Dina explained.
“Being observed 24 hours a day, seven days a week may completely devastate a person’s life. And now we’re looking back with new eyes at everything to realize how horribly these girls were treated.”
Michael Lohan, Lohan’s father, pointed out that other celebrities, despite committing worse mistakes, have been treated significantly more graciously than his daughter.
“I’m incredibly proud of Lindsay in all facets of her personal and professional life,” Michael, who has had his own legal troubles, told CN News.
With the release of her upcoming project(s), I really hope the industry recognizes that she is back on top of her game and remains one of the most gifted actresses in the industry.
“They’ve been so loving and forgiving of so many others who have had rougher falls than she has, and I sincerely hope they would do the same for my incredibly smart and wonderful daughter.”
Lohan effectively retired from acting in the early 2010s, spending her time between the UAE and Europe, following years of being pursued by photographers and fighting addiction. She also has her own jewelry company, Lily Baker Jewels, in Dubai.
Lohan, according to people who know her, had no choice. One industry expert stated, “At one point, she was unbondable – she couldn’t get insurance to work. Perhaps that had a negative connotation in Hollywood.”
Lohan subsequently remarked of her difficulties, “I think things happen for a reason. I don’t have any regrets in my life. Certain things I’ve done, mistakes I’ve made, are things I’d alter, but I don’t regret them because I’ve learnt from them.”
Lohan has mostly avoided performing in recent years, despite critics claiming she was the sole redeeming feature in Paul Schrader’s critically panned 2013 film “The Canyons.”
She had a recurring part on the British TV comedy “Sick Note” in 2018, participated in the MTV reality program “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club” in 2019, and later that year served as a judge on the Australian version of “The Masked Singer.”
The actress was ready to take the stage once more.
Lohan told Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen on CNN’s New Year’s Eve special in 2019, just weeks before the pandemic sent the world into lockdown, that she wanted to “come back to America and start filming again,” and “[take] back the life that I worked so hard for and sharing it with my family and you guys.”
In November, she will begin filming her Netflix movie, which is said to be in the manner of Goldie Hawn’s 1987 comedy “Overboard.” It will be ready in time for the 2022 Christmas season.
In the yet-to-be-titled film, Lohan plays a “newly engaged, privileged hotel heiress” who loses her memory after a skiing accident and “finds herself in the care of a gorgeous, blue-collar lodge owner and his bright kid in the days running up to Christmas.”
The actress has a terrific sense of humor when it comes to her personal life.
She recently uploaded a photo of herself in a tank top on Instagram, captioning it, “On Fridays, we wear white,” an apparent allusion to the “Mean Girls” line, “On Wednesdays, we wear pink.”
She also paid tribute to her former on-screen mother Richardson, who died in 2009 at the age of 45 after a terrible skiing accident on her birthday, with the message “Happy Birthday angel.”
An insider stated, “She’s at such a fantastic position in her life, she’s clear and focused.”
Dina remarked. “Lindsay is now 34 and has matured, but everyone is looking forwards to the future. ‘Mommy, I’m ready to do movies again; I want to do what I enjoy and what makes me happy,'” she added.
She also stated that Lohan is interested in directing.
“Yes, she committed a s–t tonne of errors, but she was forced — not pushed — into the lion’s den,” Lohan’s old pal continued.
“I’m cheering for her to make a return. She shouldn’t be evaluated based on who she was as a teen. Would any of us want to be assessed based on our adolescent and early adolescent years?”