Lindsay Lohan is no stranger to television interviews — she ushered in her latest rehab stint with a late night chat with David Letterman, enduring several cracks about her bad girl past in the process — but the TV interview by which all others will be measured is her recent sit-down with Oprah Winfrey.
The “Oprah’s Next Chapter” powwow was taped just four days after Lohan exited a 90-day court-ordered rehab facility, and, as teased in the promo for the show, the queen of talk delivered the hard questions, sans the Letterman grin. (OK, she may have cracked a smile once or twice.)
Watch the promo for “Oprah’s Next Chapter” here.
Acknowledging she’s been given a lot of chances, Lohan said she grateful that Oprah even wanted to interview her. We saw the cliffhangers in the promo, but how did she answer the tough questions?
Oprah question: “Are you an addict?”
Lohan answer: “Yeah.” Her drug of choice: alcohol, which, in the past was “the gateway to other things.” (Like cocaine, which she now says she’s done 10 to 15 times, as opposed to the 3 to 4 times she admitted to in past interviews.)
“Of course I said 3-4 [to CNN’s Piers Morgan],” she said, “I was terrified of being judged.”
When Oprah asked her point blank: “So what is the truth?” Lindsay repeated, “I’ve done it like 10 to 15 times. It allowed me to drink more. It was like a party thing. People would have it and I would do it.”
“I snorted it,” Lindsay said, after Oprah asked her did she “snort it, inject it, smoke it?” “I’ve never injected anything other than getting B12 shots.”
Speaking of drugs, the 27-year old actress said there’s a big difference between the aftermath of this rehab stint and her previous five.
Oprah question: “What’s going to be different this time?…What do you know about yourself now that you didn’t know six rehabs ago?”
Lohan answer: “I’m not taking Adderall,” she said, referring to the stimulant used to treat ADHD. “That’s a big deal.” She added that the only thing she’s on these days is vitamins. “I take Nexium,” she added, “because I have acid reflux.”
Another difference? This time she took rehab seriously.”I didn’t take Promises seriously,” she said of her first rehab stint back in 2007. “I just turned 21, I wanted to have fun. I did the same thing again…it’s like the definition of insanity…The other times [court ordered rehab] tended to be a punishment. I don’t think in the past I fully surrendered to the fact that I need to shut up and listen. In this case, I wasn’t fighting at all.”
Oprah question: “What does it feel like to be both an adjective and a verb for bad behavior and child star gone wrong?”
Lohan answer: “I hate that label and that title…It’s not what I aspired to be.” The actress acknowledged that her bad rep for being late to movie sets came from the fact that she was “so distracted in the past.” She added, “I’m my own worst enemy and I know that.”
At the height of her child star career (after starring in “The Parent Trap,” “Herbie: Fully Loaded,” and “Mean Girls,” Lohan was making $7 million a picture), Oprah marveled about what it must have been like to have “bajillions” of dollars by the age of 18.
Oprah question: “Who was there to guide you?”
Lohan answer: “No one really, when I think about it.”
She admitted she “wasted so much money” when she left her Long Island family home and moved to L.A. “I was living in a hotel and I had an apartment. I wasn’t really being guided,” she said, revealing that she’d fly friends out to visit her. “I didn’t pay close enough attention to what was going on.”
The former child star’s chaotic home life was also a topic of discussion — Lohan’s tumultuous relationship with her parents, Michael and Dina, has long been tabloid fodder — but today she says she’s made peace with her parents.
Oprah question: “The perception in the public is…that your parents have exploited you and taken advantage of you. Do you feel that at all?”
Lohan answer: “No. nobody’s perfect. I love my parents and I’m not going to say that certain situations I would have preferred to have been handled differently.”
Like that infamous phone call her father recorded, during which she accused her mom of being on cocaine?
“She wasn’t out of control, I was out of control,” Lindsay said. “I said a lot of things that were not true. I wasn’t thinking clearly… I hate the bad rap [my parents] get. They’re just parents, at the end of the day. I don’t blame anyone for my mistakes.”
Watch Lindsay Lohan talk about her parents on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” here.
Of course, Oprah wasn’t all tough questions. In fact, at the end of the interview she offered her advice — and support. The OWN head honcho questioned Lindsay’s planned vacation to Europe just days after her rehab exit, asking the starlet to consider if this was the best decision for her so soon. “I want you to win,” she told her.
While Lindsay assured her she’s in a “different head space” now” (“I am going to be doing a yoga and meditation kind of retreat,” she explained), two days later she canceled her trip.
“Oprah’s Next Chapter” airs on Sundays at 9PM ET on OWN.
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