Lindsay Lohan Gets Advice From Al Pacino, Reflects On 2014: “I Needed To Grow Up”
Lindsay Lohan reflects on 2014 in a new interview with The Guardian’s Observer magazine, in which she opens up about transitioning from rehab to New York and then to London, where she spent the fall starring in Speed-the-plow.
Lohan’s run in the play, which marked her stage debut, ended last month. The actress defied critics and haters, who expected her to bail on the project or even get fired. Lohan was determined to prove everyone wrong, and she did, even at her own expense. “One time I was sick with a bug, I had been vomiting all day, but no way was I going to miss a show. I was sitting there beforehand seeing spots in front of my eyes,” she recalls of one of the performances. “I had a plan: if I felt sick on stage I was going to faint, play dead, pretend it was part of the script. Didn’t happen fortunately.”
The downside to such a successful run, however, is that Lohan is now trying to get used to a work-free life again. “It was such a diligent thing. The schedule was very ritualistic, so not to have that every day has been a really strange feeling. It’s been hard for me to adjust.” Free time, what little of it there was, was also a challenge during the production, and Lohan relied on advice from a surprising source: Al Pacino. She tells The Observer, “He said, ‘I know you are going to love this, it will be such a rush for you.’ He helped me get a routine; I like to meditate a bit before I go on to stage. He warned me the adrenaline you have after is tricky, it’s late and you want to do something. I have let myself go eat, and then I have gone home.”
For the past nine months, London has become a haven of sorts for Lohan, and the British mag reports she “has a lease for another year on her flat in the West End, and is currently planning to make it her permanent home.” In Los Angeles, the actress says, “I didn’t know what to do apart from go out every night.” She explains, “That’s when my friends were free. And I would go out and there would be all these cameras there and that’s when it became difficult.”
The star further declares, “I won’t live in L.A. again, hell no.” She notes, “My friends tell me sh*t when they come over I don’t want to hear. I don’t even know who got married and who got pregnant. You turn on the news in L.A. and it is all gossip about people. All the stuff that is going on in the world right now and this gossip is the news?” Lohan adds, “I love the BBC. I haven’t heard myself mentioned on TV since I have been here. That has been really weird for me, and great.”
The movie star further contrasts London with her former Manhattan home. “I can go for a run here on my own,” she says. “I do every morning, early, and I think how my friends in New York would still be up partying at that time. I needed to grow up and London is a better place for me to do that than anywhere else.”
Lohan says she sees other things more clearly now, too. “Going on to a film set there have been times when I really hated it. When I just wanted to stop and be home. I should have done that, because instead all the court stuff happened,” she says, referring to her years of legal troubles. The star’s embrace of a more normal life included a trip to Greece over the summer, where, Lohan says, “It was the first time I have ever just been on a vacation by myself. I just wandered about on my own! I turned off my phone. It was so extraordinarily freeing for me. Like another life.”
And she’s no doubt found “another life” in London, particularly when she’s participating in charity endeavors. As Gossip Cop reported, Lohan was recently commended by a Los Angeles judge for the progress she’s made in fulfilling her community service while in London. Of working with the Red Route Cafe, a philanthropic organization, she shares with the British outlet, “The kids there know me a bit now, and they treat me the same as everyone else. That is so cool for me. In the past I got used to meeting people who would seem like genuine people but often they would have other intentions. There is less of that for me here now.”
Lohan attributes her sobriety to all those things, and to Oprah and her seemingly endless “second chances” as the starlet struggled throughout her post-rehab OWN docuseries earlier this year. Lohan is eager to keep the momentum going by returning to the stage in the New Year. “The way I see it, the longer I live here the less of a choice you will all have not to hire me for plays,” she amusingly tells the outlet. What do you think of Lohan’s comments?