“In America, even once they get the picture, they still follow you. It does bring out a serious kind of anxiety,” she tells PAPER about her decision to step out of the spotlight and move to Dubai in 2015.
Lohan famously made headlines in the early 2000s for her wild, party-girl years. In her most recent interview, the 32-year-old actress opened up about her growth and newfound sober lifestyle. “I am who I am. I’m a good person,” she said during her PAPER interview. “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.”
Lohan has spent most of her time working on her new Vanderpump Rules-style reality show, Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club, based in Mykonos and due to air on MTV next year. The show will follow the hilarious antics of Lohan’s luxurious beach resort staff on the Ibiza-style party island. While the show won’t revolve around Lohan, she will definitely be present as the responsible boss-lady, a departure from her turbulent party years. Lohan’s island resort also serves as a place where she can unwind with close friends and family. “I really wanted to make it a family-style beach,” she said. “A place where people can go with their kids and feel safe. They can have fun and there’s not cameras every second. It’s not just a party thing; you can have a nice lunch.”
In addition, she expressed her excitement to return to work after struggling with addiction. “That [work] was kind of taken away from me for a while, when I was going through a lot,” she said. “I was spending money on going to treatment centers because the court was making me. It was hard for me to continue working, because when would I even find the time?”
Since the height of her fame, Lohan is happy to start over and leave the “troubled child star” stereotype in her past. “There’s always going to be things that have happened,” she said, “and things people have said in the past that you can’t control. But the past is in the past.”
Read Lohan’s full interview with PAPER here.