Lindsay Lohan isn’t just famous; she’s also infamous. The former child star has been in and out of the media ever since her career took off at the age of 10, but now it seems like she may finally have turned a corner in her life by going to jail at the behest of Judge Melissa Jackson, who hoped the stint would help Lohan straighten out her delinquent behavior.
Before speaking with actress Lindsay Lohan, I watched the 1964 crime film Kitten With a Whip. The movie was released 22 years before to the birth of Dina and Michael Lohan’s oldest child out of four children. I’m aware that Lohan adores this movie, and with good reason. Ann-Margret plays Jody Dvorak, a 17-year-old runaway who travels defiantly through turmoil with no predetermined destination, in the movie. Jody is a blonde with emerald eyes. The title of the movie alone, which ranks alongside Sex, Lies, and Videotape among the best, suggests a part that many performers would eagerly try to land.However, it’s not regarded as a classic of its era or even among Ann-Margret’s filmography, so I’m surprised by Lohan’s reverence for what would be considered a deep cut in today’s slang.
When Lohan first saw the movie in her early 20s—she is now 36—she correctly observed how different it was from anything Ann-Margret (who had recently finished Bye Bye Birdie and Viva Las Vegas at the time) had done. She explains, “I wanted to portray a role like that. Even though Lohan has collaborated with some of the best, such as Robert Altman and Garry Marshall, she rarely receives Jody Dvorak-esque roles—roles that are so out of character that they inexplicably, irrevocably turn out to be absolutely appropriate. She is capable of playing those kinds of parts, and she is ready to do so. (However, I’m curious what Ann-Margret would think of Lindsay Lohan’s portrayal of April Booth in Machete from 2010).
Lohan’s newest film, a rom-com on Netflix Falling for Christmas puts her back at the top of the call sheet, a position she hasn’t held since the films Labor Pains (2009) and The Canyons (2013). She is not particularly interested in analysing her nearly ten years away from our screens. She is aware that such lengthy absence can lead to irrational expectations, which she is attempting to lessen. And I understand. Modern pop culture is in overdrive in so many ways. Even though Jean Smart had been nominated for an Emmy for Watchmen just a season prior, we refer to Hacks’ renaissance as the “Jean Smartaissance,” and Beyonce’s Renaissance is framed as her musical comeback despite the fact that she had only just released the Grammy and Emmy Award-winning Black Is King two years prior.
But when it comes to Lohan, an actress who The New York Times once referred to as simply “our greatest export,” there is an incredible amount of support from the general public for what feels like a legitimate comeback. The phrase “the Lohanaissance” is even being used by Netflix in its advertising.
It’s unclear whether she stopped working out of choice or due to unforeseen circumstances. It is evident that she has matured living primarily in the background. Every time you slow down, you discover that everything may make you joyful in a different way, claims Lohan. In 2014, she relocated to Dubai, where it is forbidden to use paparazzi photography. “I could do my own thing, and nobody bothered me. “), and earlier this year she wed financier Bader Shammas, whom she refers to as her soul mate. Despite the fact that Lindsay Lohan started a podcast in April called The Lohdown With Lindsay Lohan (“It’s refreshing to be the curious one”), we have grown accustomed to our best export in repose.
But in 2021, Lohan suddenly announced that she would be making a comeback in the Netflix holiday rom-com. being seduced by Christmas. She admits, “It’s hard to explain the rush of happiness that I got because I hadn’t done a movie in so long,” and that she experienced “a little panic” throughout the course of the filming due to concerns about potential leaks. You don’t want your film to be scrutinised before it is finished, so you want to keep it under wraps. And regardless of the film’s subject matter, Lohan’s presence on the set would have drawn attention.
In light of this, it seems unsurprising that Lohan chose a holiday rom-com over a drama about a wanted fugitive for her debut movie in almost ten years.
The movie business has undergone a significant upheaval while she was away. The area has been taken over by streaming. The days of eight-month shoots have been replaced by six-week shoots, which reduce the budget. This was the case for Lohan’s acting debut in The Parent Trap in 1998. Producers hope it won’t show in the finished product, but it also drastically changes actors’ experiences because they spend more time in character and on set.
“The world of film right now is just so different,” claims Lohan. “Any backdrop can be used, and blue screens can be set up anywhere; it’s up to us.” actors to appear as though we’re there, as opposed to movies like The Parent Trap, which was filmed in London. In Napa, we shot. We filmed in L.A. Today, Park City, Utah, was used to film the Switzerland-set movie Falling for Christmas. “These days, everything moves along so much more quickly. In a manner, everything got faster, she continues.