Lindsay Lohan: 'I Do Relate to Elizabeth Taylor'

Actress discusses portraying legendary actress in Lifetime's new movie, "Liz & Dick."
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As you just said, we are here with lindsay lohan. She's here to tell us about taking on the iconic hollywood role. Lohan transforms herself into elizabeth taylor in "liz & dick." It focuses on the turbulent love between elizabeth taylor and richard burton. You haven't read the ns today. No less than the vatican has made a pronouncement about us. The vatican, right. Open it. We are so happy to have lindsay lohan here. Thank you. Welcome. Thanks for being with us. Thanks for having me. I watched the movie last night. It's fantastic. And woke up to see rave reviews about it. That has to feel good. Congratulations. Thank you vmuch. It's nerve-racking to play someone that's an incredible force. And a wonderful woman. It was really -- I was nervous to see what people would think of it. What were some of the challenges taking on a role that is so iconic. A woman who was so loved and so well-known? I think it was more so kind of -- you can never actually be, you know, a clone of the person. So, you have to bring some of yourself into it. And I kind of -- I was lucky of ways. There are a lot of parallels. Being a child actor to the intense public scrutiny. Did you seek out this role? It's a funny story, actually. I had seen they were going to be making a movie. And I got the producer's number and started harassing larry thompson. And I didn't even -- I didn't even care if my agents were going to do it or not. I did it myself, too, because i was, like, no one else is going to play this role. I have to do this. And liz taylor's life was out of control at times. And to be honest, so has yours. From the moment you step out of your house, there's often times drama. There's been legal troubles. Do you think that your life and your career may have been different, would have been different, without the constant scrutiny? I mean, obviously, yes, to a certain extent. But I thinkhat everyone goes through things in life. And I learned -- I like to learn from my mistakes, obviously. But I wouldn't be what I am today if I hasn't gone through certain things. And everything happens for a reason, good or bad. You can take what you've learned from it and go forward. Obviously, you've been going through some very difficult times. Elizabeth taylor did, too. Who did she rely on during those dark days? And who is your rock? Who do you go to? How do you stay grounded? Elizabeth taylor went to her mother a lot. She was close with her mother. And I think you see we portray that pretty well in the movie. And I'm pretty much the same. My mom and my siblings, my sister, and my brother, michael. And yet, your family troubles are constantly put out there for the public. I know just today there was news that you allegedly have a new half-sister. How do you handle your family -- I didn't even hear that. Thanks for the news. I don't pay attention. How does your family handle all of that -- there's headlines splashed daily? You know, I can't -- I don't want to get into that because i want to stay on the positive side of things to talk about. You said, that acting is your passion. Yes. And being on set is where you belong. You had to take a step back from that, for a moment. And you and elizabeth actually were at the same rehab clinic at the betty ford clinic. Is this, for you, seeing yourself play this role, is this a bit of professional redemption? Yeah. I think that, just as elizabeth taylor did, there was a time, you know, when I was just doing so much work constantly. And I kind of had that moment where it was -- I was like, do i really love doing this? And stepping back and seeing other people do other movies, wait, that's what I love to do. Why I need to get in the right head space and focus on being on set. That's what makes me happiest. What do you like best about this film? Do you have a scene you're proudest of? It was fun to do. I wish I had more of the scenes that we did. Timing-wise, they had to cut it down. But when I did the virginia wolfe scenes. That was my favorite.

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