'Finally, A Chance to Speak!'
Since we last met up with Lindsay Lohan to talk about 'Freaky Friday,' her career has achieved even more prominence. 'Friday' was a huge hit for Disney. Lohan's debut single "Ultimate" even got some recent radio play and Lohan's face has become a prominent fixture on MTV. She followed with 'Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen,' a role that allowed her to again flex her singing talents and then 'Mean Girls' - which was the third feature film release for Lohan in a ten-month span!
It's been an exhausting year, but also a very fruitful one. Lohan is now being approached to play older roles, like the 20-year-old lead character in Disney's upcoming remake of 'The Love Bug,' titled 'Herbie.' She says she'd like to avoid playing in too many high school movies, a trapping that many actors her age ultimately fall into. And she's just about to release her debut music album, Speak.
You had the single "Ultimate" on the Freaky Friday soundtrack and now you're just about to release you full-length debut album ... tell us more! "I worked with Diane Warren and Randy Jackson on it and did demos and stuff for both of them early on. I just released the song for the Freaky Friday soundtrack as fun really!"
How long did it take to make the record? "I only had, like, a month to do it. Less, actually. Like, three weeks total. This is when I was filming 'Herbie.' I recorded six out of the twelve tracks in my trailer on set."
Did you change your schedule at all after you were hospitalized for exhaustion? "Yeah, well, now I know what I can and can't do and how much I can exert myself. For a while it was nice, though, because everyone was afraid to get me to work and stuff again. That was a nice break!"
Working with people like Tina Fey and Tim Meadows on your last film success 'Mean Girls,' was there a lot of improv? "Sometimes we did. Just because of the Saturday Night Live cast and everyone, we did improv sometimes."
Was it harder to play the outcast or the queen bee? "The outcast. If you're watching the movie, Cady doesn't really speak much. A lot of it is voiceover and a lot of it is just kind of looks and what you hear in the voiceover and what everyone else is saying around her. So it was hard for me to not be able to really talk and talk back in the movie. It's weird to not be able to do that."
Did you read 'Queen Bees and Wannabes'? "I did, yes."
They list off the various members of the queen bee's hierarchy. Which category do you fit into? "The floater. I'm the floater. You know why, because I was kind of a jock. I played basketball and soccer and stuff. And, at the same time, I did cheerleading for a little bit. And then I also went to after school for art sometimes. I was, like, going after school for other things. It was better that way. It was easier for me. I didn't have to get into drama."
Did you contribute any of your own scenes or dialogue? "Dialogue was definitely contributed to the movie. I would talk to Tina about it and we would come up with new ideas. It's great having a writer on the set, especially one that works on SNL where they are just coming up with everything really fast. Because she would just change it, right then and there. She'd be like, 'Wait, don't say that. I'm just gonna rewrite it and here you go."
What were the best and worst parts of this past year for you? "I guess when people make up certain rumors. It gets really bad sometimes, what people say. But the good part of it is people are taking the time to make things up about me. It's very flattering. Also, you know, when you come into this business, you aspire to have that recognition and be in those tabloids."
If you're not, it's like nobody cares! "Yeah. Then you're wondering why they're not writing about you."
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