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INT: Lindsay Lohan

06.22.2005

Lindsay Lohan has made quite a name for herself in the few years that sheís been acting. From the bright eyed child actor in THE PARENT TRAP to the young woman in MEAN GIRLS, Lindsayís had to grow up in the public eye. Now on the verge on turning 19 and becoming a major star, she returns to the family formula that made her famous in HERBIE: FULLY LOADED.

But this could be the last time we see Lohan in a family film, as her career is beginning to take off. Next, sheís set to join Hollywood heavyweights Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin and Kevin Kline in Robert Altmanís adaptation of A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION. Lohan sat down with us to talk about the future of her career, and why she decided to get behind the wheel of HERBIE: FULLY LOADED. Iíll say this for Lindsay, I donít know if I came off this well composed and driven when I was 18. When I was her age, all I could think about was trying to get a girlfriend or wondering what was going to happen to me when I got to college. I wonder how she does it?

Lindsay Lohan: Youíll have to excuse me. Iím losing my voice a bit. I was screaming at the MTV Music Awards last night.

LINDSAY LOHAN

How many Disney movies does this make it for you now?

Um, this is my third? Yeah.

Why HERBIE?

You know, I feel very safe doing a Disney movie. Theyíve been really good to me and I really felt like the character in this movie has a good message, and itís very empowering for women because itís a male-dominated sport, NASCAR. And especially now with Danica Patrick, coming out itís perfect timing.

Any parallels with you being a woman in a male dominated industry?

Not in terms of that really, I donít see any issues there, no, but I see some parallels in my character in the sense of she is growing into womanhood, kinda going on to her own. Sheís discovering what she wants to do in life and kinda following through with that.

Tell us about your NASCAR training.

Um, yeah it was fun. I took lessons. Kinda scary. Iím a more conscious driver now. I try.

How was it working with Herbie?

Um, I donít know. When I did Parent Trap I had to act with not getting anything in response when I played both characters, so it was kinda similar to that in that sense.

Can you talk about your bond with Herbie?

I feel like the way the movie came across, which was why I was really happy with itÖit didnít come across as cheesy and it really gave one a bond with the car. Everybody kinda cheered for the car so youíre cheering it on, you root for Herbie.

Did you learn how to drive a stick?

Yeah, that scared me too. But I was good. I picked (it) up pretty fast.

Youíve taken on a lot of different role. Do you ever think of taking on sci-fi fantasy, like WONDER WOMAN type role or anything like that?

WONDER WOMAN would be pretty cool. I actually met with someone on that. But, um, yeah, I mean, I would never cancel anything out. I need other places to go, so, Iím looking for other things right now that are different than anything that Iíve already done, just to show my abilities, so that I can have some sort of a stretch, Ďcause most of the things that Iíve done are so similar to me, theyíre still younger girls, and theyíre very light-hearted.

What sort of things are you looking for?

I think everyone looks for that, that role where itís a stretch, where you can kind of be a bit edgier and kind of push the envelope a bit.

Is that why youíre working with Robert Altman next?

Yeah, but, itís not like thatís a horror, or, I mean, itís a drama and itís an amazing cast. Thatís why Iím proud to be a part of it. Just to not have to work every single day on the set (laughs). So, thatís exciting, itís Meryl Streep and Lilly Tomlin and Kevin KlineÖitís gonna be like an acting class for me, just being there, which will be nice.

Can you tell us about working with Jeff Gordon? Heís been described as the Michael Jordan of NASCAR.

I didnít realize that until I was there. And when we were there, they were like, they have 250,000 fans when we shot there at the race which was just incredible. And they are all really nice guys Ė it was very brief Ė and they were acting and they were like Ďwe donít act, what are we supposed to do?í and Iím like ĎI donít race. But Iím saying I do!í Because they announced me as a driver at the race.

They announced your name or your characterís name?

Well my character but Iím sure people were like, Lindsay Lohanís racing?

Can you talk about your characterís relationship with her friend Kevin, the love interest?

Um, I think he was kinda there for her when she was going through a hard time. She wanted to be a race car driver and her father wasnít being very supportive and he was kinda the one that pushed her. Um, and she shot him down in the beginning and then she lied to everyone and didnít tell them what she was doing but heís, his character is very sweet, funny, and charming and they have a history of being friends, so I think there are a lot of elements there that led to her liking him. It was like, it was, itís a Disney romance, soÖ (laughs)

Can you talk about your singing career a little?

Um, well, I have a single for this movie. And I just did the video actually recently, so that was fun to do, and Herbieís in it. (laughs) Yeah, itís cool, we have a lot of race cars racing in the video.

Do you want to focus on acting or singing?

Um, acting is mainly what I focus on. But, at the same time, I love singing as well. Iíll probably be starting another album, eventually. But I want it to beÖmy first album was rushed and I recorded practically every song in my trailer on the set of HERBIE. So, thatís why I got sick at the time. I was running myself down. I was literally running from set in between setups and singing. Verses and then we were writing, everything. I was working so much. I would go home and record in my bedroom too.

Why not take a break for a while?

Well, I canít now! I have a movie coming out! (laughs) I think after the Altman film, um, Iíll probably be here, but um, but then Iíll take a break until I start working on press for JUST MY LUCK.

The guys were saying they pulled some pranks on you.

(laughs) Yeah, they tortured me. But it was fun. We were shooting late one night and they shut the power off of my trailer and then put a vacuum outside that sounded like a chainsaw and were jumping on the trailer and shaking it and Breckin was underneath the trailer and Justin was on top of the trailer.

Why didnít you retaliate?

Um, I think I did, but I donít remember what I did. We had a water fight. Actually I was pretty good about it. I kinda felt like the more I did in exchange to what they did, then they would just keep going and doing more. But yeah, they did, they did mess with me a lot.

What keeps you grounded?

Um, I think the people around me, my family. Because I have friends that would say something if I was out of line in any way, like ďLindsay cool it.Ē But you know, I watch people and I just sit there and I just kinda observe whatís going on around me and I see if other people have changed I know what that looks like and I donít want to do that. Itís bad karma.

What do you think the movieís message to young women is?

Um, if there is something that you wanna do, you should go for it and not let anyone else try to tell you what to do. As cheesy as it sounds, follow your dream.

Whatís it like to be a role model for little girls?

ItísÖI took my sister to see the movie when I saw it and also my little brother and they were cheering too. I was watching them the whole time and itís the cutest thing.

How old are they?

My sister is 11, my brother is 9, heís going to be 9 in a week and a half.

You came close to overdoing it on this film.

Um, Iím a workaholic. So I tend to just keep going. Iím so used to working at this rate that when I donít have anything to do I go crazy. I feel like I need to work more. So I just, I surround myself with people who make sure I say no more than yes at this point.

Why do you work so much?

I think I work so much because Iíve been doing a lot at once and tried, you know, you get to a point where you wanna please everyone and thatís difficult and you have to just take the timeÖitís all been a learning experience for me, so Iíve been learning now to take the time to say Ďwhat does Lindsay need? What do I need to do for myself?í Iím growing up and working with Michael and Matt, you get advice from those people and itís nice to hear that.

What advice did they give you?

Just to take care of yourself, you know and to make sure youíre doing what you wanna do.

Whatís your favorite Michael Keaton film?

BEETLEJUICE. And BATMAN. Iím a big Michael Keaton fan. And also, was it MULTIPLICITY? He was great in that and I did something similar to that in PARENT TRAP so thatís why. Iím a big Michael Keaton fan and Matt Dillon. I loved him in WILD THINGS.

What about all of the media attention on you right now?

I think thereís become an obsession with the celebrity status right now and just buying the tabloids and feeding into it and itís hard because people that donít necessarily know me as a person, on a personal level, theyíre gonna believe whatever they read, which is understandable. So they say, I was in New Orleans filming and they said I was in LA out until four in the morning and I was like Ďthatís physically impossible, what did I clone myself?í. So, you know, itís just, I just learn to ignore it.

Do you avoid reading what is written about you?

If itís there I read it. I grab it.

What would you like people to know about you?

Um, Iím a very honest person. I feel like Iím very sincere and I donít take anything for granted and I really feel blessed, lucky and appreciative and thankful. And Iím not some crazy, Tara Reid-esque party girl. And I wanna be in this for the long run, soÖ

Tell us about your car accident with the paparazzi.

I was driving, soÖI didnít have a driver. And I had my friend in the car. You know it happened so fast and I really didnít believe it actually happened and I couldnít get out the side door. And my door had jammed shut and I knew the story of someone that was close to one of my family members that passed away in their car, someone hit their door and they couldnít get out their door. So all I could think at that moment was: ďI canít get out of my door, Iím gonna die in the car, my door is jammedĒ. And then my friend was panicking and had just whacked her head on the window, so she couldnít find a lock switch, so it wasÖwhat was going on was incredible. And then I got out of the car and they continued to take my picture. I said ďwhat are you doing? You just..I justÖĒ I was in shock. Thank God no one was seriously injured. I still have to go to the doctor.

How does that impact your day to day driving around the city?

Um, I have Dean with me, to help me. And I snuck out without Dean, thatís probably why I wasnít safe.

Did your NASCAR training kick in at any point?

You know, thatís why I made the u-turn because I thought I was a race car driver, shouldíve known better.

HERBIE: FULLY LOADED RACES INTO THEATRES JUNE 22

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