Lindsay’s Seventh Chance

August 22, 2013

lindsay-lohan-oprah.jpgOprah Winfrey recently interviewed Lindsay Lohan since the troubled star completed a court-ordered, three-month rehab stint for substance abuse. The conversation kicked off Winfrey’s OWN network’s Lohan programming, which will include an eight-part reality docu-series chronicling Lindsay’s attempts to move beyond her troubled past, and succeed in an increasingly competitive industry.

27-year-old Lohan appeared healthy and alert as she admitted to being an “addict” whose drug of choice is alcohol as well as having struggled with an addiction to the pharmaceutical stimulant, Adderall. Additionally, recalling the summer of 2010 when she was sentenced to jail for violating probation by skipping her alcohol counseling sessions, she says she kind of wanted to go to jail. “I think it was just to have some peace and just have no choice but to just sit and be.” Declaring she hates to be regarded as a child star gone wrong, and is seeking to restore her reputation, Lindsay is doing everything she can to stage a career comeback including launching a new website, and doing a cameo on the cult-favorite HBO shocker, Eastbound and Down. (She plays egomaniac, Kenny Powers’ illegitimate daughter; as a side note, that should be delicious!) “As long as I stay honest with myself and just do the work that I am willing to do, and have been willing to do and am doing, there’s nothing that can stand in the way of that,” Lohan said. “I’m my own worst enemy and I know that.” 

Many fans recall Lindsay’s memorable, and some would argue, high-ranking roles in The Parent Trap, Freaky Friday, Mean Girls, Chapter 27, and Georgia Rule. She’s literally been in the business since the age of three, and has amassed loads of awards celebrating her craft and talent. But in Hollywood, it’s all too easy to get off track, and plum roles have become more sparse as of late for the fiery redhead. Getting into trouble with the law and partying hard can definitely secure the attention of paparazzi, but those are not necessarily the cameras a star of Lindsay’s caliber wants to court at this point in her career.

While it is easy to remain skeptical that this most recent rehab stint will bring about any enduring change for Lohan, this time could truly be the life-changing event she’s been hoping for. “I feel whole again,” Lohan told Winfrey. By all means, it would be quite a triumph to overcome the innumerable challenges she’s faced over the last five years to achieve the level of success she once enjoyed; but, it certainly can be done. Robert Downey Jr. was thought to be a lost cause for many years, and Winona Ryder had pretty serious problems with the law as well as her negative public image. But they both managed to come back, and by some estimations, are dancing better than they ever have. With the recent death of That 70’s Show star, Lisa Robin Kelly as a stark reminder of the potentially lethal consequences of alcohol and substance abuse, and with all of Lindsay’s fans rooting for her, here’s to hoping rehab stint number six will make all the difference.