Moving from one end of the spectrum to the other, if Lohan wants to ride someone else's coattails to rehab her pop culture reputation, Zac Efron could be her guy. If any young star has cache with movie-goers, it's Efron. The "High School Musical" heartthrob proved his charisma with tweens extends to older audiences when his latest film, "17 Again," raked in $24 million in its opening weekend.
The 21-year-old Efron can also teach Lohan a thing or two about avoiding less-than-flattering media coverage. After seven years in the spotlight, he's still squeaky-clean and scandal free. Of course, if Lohan's interested in going this route, she'll have to hope Efron's relationship with fellow "High School Musical" star Vanessa Hudgens is nothing but puppy love.
But maybe hopping from Ronson, who teeters on the fringes of celebrity, to someone right in the thick of the madness would be too drastic a jump for Lohan. Maybe she wants something comfortable, something she knows. With DJ AM, she can stick with someone working in the same field as her ex but upgrade to a chicer circle of friends.
The 36-year-old AM has been booked by A-listers including Demi Moore, Ben Stiller and Jennifer Lopez, all well-connected people with whom Lohan can hob-nob. Like her, he has had his fair share of famous exes, including Nicole Richie and Mandy Moore. And he's teaming up with MTV to launch "Gone Too Far," a reality show on which he'll chronicle his interventions with teens addicted to drugs, all the better to keep Lohan on the straight and narrow.
Sure, the latest reports claim Lohan's back into guys. But maybe her interest in women wasn't just an Anne Heche moment. If she wants to stick with a same-sex relationship, Drew Barrymore might be her girl. The prolific actress has spoken publicly about having been with women in the past. But more importantly for Lohan, she shows that a slew of bad headlines doesn't spell doom for an actress' career.
Like the scandal-scarred starlet, Barrymore got burned by the industry at a young age, the product of Hollywood hangers-on and a fame-hungry mom. She entered rehab at age 13, almost 10 years before Lohan, but went on to dominate the past decade's offering of romantic comedies. Now, with "Grey Gardens," Barrymore's making forays into more serious films. If nothing else, she can show Lohan that for all the drama and breakups it breeds, Hollywood offers a handful of happy endings.