Lindsay Lohan, now soaked in tarnished glamor like the Amanda Bynes' and the Britney Spears' of Tinseltown, started her career on a high note...and proceeded to stay high. Now, the redhead's tabloid trials are more entertaining than most of her movies - which says as much about us as it does about her. She's barely been able to keep a steady job since it went pair-shaped - not to mention the car crash, the ankle monitor, the rehab, the assault, the numerous arrests, and the prison sentence. Lohan isn't just a trainwreck, she's a train that is constantly wrecking. She's turned into our doped up little sister whom we keep tabs on and hold out hope for.
Lohan's situation has gone from sad to funny and back again more times than I can remember. In her difficult moments, it seemed like no one was reaching out to her and offering her a path to reclaiming what she once had. What she once had, of course, was promise... Ten years ago, the young thesp, with movies behind her like Mean Girls, Freaky Friday and The Parent Trap, seemed set for greatness with an on-screen poise far beyond her years. But in fact, she wasn't ready to deal with the pressures of being so prominent, and now her public meltdown is in danger of lasting longer than her career.
So, can Lindsay heal and finally get her career back on track?
Well, viewers got their first look at Lindsay Lohan's new docuseries, Lindsay, on Sunday night. Her show kicks off with LiLo just eleven days out of rehab, saying that she has, at long last, found "inner peace" and that, now:
All the distractions and the chaos that goes on…just in daily life in general, don't really affect me anymore.
The show also intersperses a timeline of Lohan's career and her many various offences. But, for her part, the 27-year-old actress says that she's ready to start a "new chapter" in her life, and that:
I know that this is my last shot at doing what I love to do. It does take getting to a really scary place and think you can do everything, but no you can't. And there is nothing left in having a drink for me. What's left in that feeling? Nothing. There is no party I haven't gone to, no person I haven't hung out with. There's no situation that I haven't been exposed to. There's nothing left in that for me to experience that I haven't already experienced.
Some of it was fun, some of it was really not, but I've had that. So maybe trying another way for me, which is living with integrity and living in control of my own self -- that's the life I want now.
Whether or not post-recovery LiLo will be able to reignite her career is largely dependent on whether the actress has enough strength and sticking power to stay out of trouble and out of rehab.
On my watch, Lohan's now on her fifth release from rehab, and she's made celebrating her release with a bottle of bubbly a bit of a regrettable ritual in the past. It's early days, but perhaps Lindsay has really started afresh this time and will be the actually-very-talented leading lady everyone always says she is - just after they've ripped her to shreds for being a mess.
What do you guys think? Is LiLo back on track?