Lindsay Lohan wants to leave the past in the past.
“I could do 99 things right and one thing wrong, but it’s that one thing that will be focused on. Behind the scenes I do what I can to be the best version of me, which never gets mentioned. I am also human. I make mistakes. That’s all that seems to get reported,” the actress tells Paper magazine in a new feature, released Monday.
Lohan is no stranger to the media. Growing up in front of the camera from the time that she was a toddler, the world has watched the Parent Trap actress evolve from a child star to an adult — including her many lows and highs.
From rehab to multiple arrests to, most recently, posting a disturbing video on Instagram that appeared to show her accusing a homeless family of “trafficking children” in September, the ins and outs of Lohan’s life has been well-documented.
Now 32, Lohan, who was born and raised in New York, resides in Dubai — where she said “People don’t emphasize negativity” — and is marching to the beat of her own drum.
“I am who I am. I’m a good person,” she tells Paper. “I take care of myself. I’m healthy. I like to have fun, but that doesn’t mean I need to go out and drink and be crazy. I have a good relationship with that. It’s funnier to watch other people party. My brother and his wife came out to Mykonos and everyone wanted to go out every night, but I pretty much just went home; some of my friends didn’t want to go out, so they’d come and I’d cook. I like cooking for people and having people over and listening to good music.”
While Lohan says “there’s always going to be things that have happened, and things people have said in the past that you can’t control,” she noted, “But the past is in the past.”
She admits that she’s “sad” that people focus on — and remember — the negative.
“I love working with kids and I love giving back,” she says, but “people don’t like talking about the good stuff. It’s really crazy to me and makes me really sad. A lot of people do a lot of good things for other people, and it’s like a flash in the pan, where if it’s something negative it sticks with you forever.”
But in January, fans will hopefully get to see a new side of Lohan when her MTV series Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club premieres.
The docuseries, which began shooting in July, will follow Lohan as she prepares to launch her club, Lohan Beach House, and expands her business empire in Mykonos, Greece.
“I really wanted to make it a family-style beach. A place where people can go with their kids and feel safe,” she tells Paper of the club. “They can have fun and there’s not cameras every second. It’s not just a party thing; you can have a nice lunch.”
On the series, Lohan will lead her handpicked team of VIP hosts, who must prove their expertise, ambition and charm over the course of the season — and the pressure is on.
“To work for me, you have to be the best of the best,” she warned in a teaser trailer released Monday. “I want to build an empire here.”
Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club premieres Jan. 8 at 8 p.m. ET on MTV.
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