There was a lot of hype leading up to the big Oprah interview with Lindsay Lohan on Oprah’s Next Chapter. Since Lindsay was released from rehab, there had been some pretty positive feedback and reviews about her work and appearances. However, the big Oprah interview has had mixed reviews.
Lindsay walked us through the past few years, including accidents, court dates, and rehab failures. According to her, she is an alcoholic, but she has experimented with Ambien and cocaine. She claimed that going into rehab this time she was tired of running, tired of the noise of Hollywood, and tired of living “so many lives.” She felt that she was in a different place and explained:
I don’t think in the past, I’ve ever fully surrendered to the fact that I just need to shut up and listen. In this case, I wasn’t fighting at all. I just let go and was able to just be like ‘you probably do know what’s best because my idea of doing what’s best has not worked for me in the past.’
When asked about her parents, she said that her parents did the best they could. In her eyes, the press about Dina and Michael being bad parents is undeserved. She accepted responsibility for everything that she had done and said that it was no one’s fault but her own. Her goal from here is to get back to what really made her happy and feel fulfilled. Acting.
Many people believe that the interview was done too soon after she was released from rehab to have any real significance since she had not had much of a chance to falter. Other people pointed out Lindsay’s use of certain recovery buzz words and her inability to answer certain questions. They claim that she had rehearsed some her answers and had trouble going “off script.” Then there are people who think the interview was one giant farce intended to give Lindsay some positive publicity so she could get back to work.
Yes, it was early in her recovery for her to say that she is a changed woman. However, whether it was fake optimism or naivete from being in a sheltered environment for three months, she is still sober! Let her pretend that life is going to be lollipops and butterflies from here on out if that is what works for her! Although, I thought that she seemed fully aware that the road ahead was still going to be a difficult one. I also don’t doubt that her “people” did practice Q&A’s with her in preparation for this interview. They may have even roughly scripted some answers. Most celebrities do this! This is why there is an industry for publicists and media trainers.
Personally, I am rooting for Lindsay in a major way. I hope that she is as together as she appeared in the interview. And yes, it was early on and life happens. But she is clearly trying, so why should we begrudge her for that? I wish we could put a minimum 1 month (preferably 3 month) moratorium on negative press about anyone fresh out of rehab. But in the wise words of Lindsay, “I’m doing the best I can is boring. It doesn’t sell magazines or stories on TV.”
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