Lindsay Lohan has said she is considering moving to London “for good”.
The star is set to make her West End debut in Speed The Plow later this year, and she told the BBC that she can see herself settling down in the British capital.
“I”ve noticed here, watching the news, you guys have such a different outlook,” Lindsay said. “In the US starting at 5pm, it”s TMZ, it”s all these shows talking about people”s personal lives, and here I don”t notice any of that – it”s news and politics and music.
“So it feels really good to be able to turn on the TV and not everything is about gossip. That”s a really nice feeling.”
More than most, Lindsay knows what it is to be the subject of speculation; in recent years her once promising career has been severely overshadowed by issues in her private life.
She also has a reputation for being unreliable. Asked whether she would be penalised for missing shows or rehearsals for the play, she replied, “That”s not going to happen. That”s not on the cards. It”s not.”
She continued, “People have certain perceptions of me. For a long time, people looked at me as kind of a celebrity, which is something I never wanted… That”s not what I got into this industry for.
“I”ve been doing this since I was three-years-old and I”ve been on set since I was six. People kind of forgot that, and I think now is a good time,” she said of her West End role. “And what better to do it than with the great people I”m working with, on stage in London…
“People can focus on the fact that I”m in this industry because I”m an actress and an artist, and not just somebody you take photos of.”
Asked how long she thought it would take to change people”s perceptions of her, Lindsay replied frankly, “However long it does take. I”m willing to do it. I”m willing to work for it.”
Referring to her party girl image, the star added, “I never experienced going to college – I never went to university. I was living that out in the public eye.”
In hindsight though, she would do some things differently.
“There are certain things that I would change,” Lindsay said. “I”ve put myself in bad situations — but I don”t regret anything that”s happened because I wouldn”t be who I am today, I wouldn”t have learned the things that I know, I wouldn”t be here doing this right now.”
Now, the Liz & Dick star keeps a “very small group of people” around her and says she”s “really big on feeling safe.”
Nevertheless, Lindsay remains wary. “I think my friends think I”m neurotic sometimes and I”m a little crazy, but I will hear a flash of an iPhone camera,” she said. “I”ll hear the shutter from a mile across the room or I”ll feel it. I”m so used to thinking like that and feeling almost paranoid sometimes.”