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Lindsay Lohan: Teen Queen

originally posted November 24, 2004

Lindsay Lohan is standing outside the doorway of the Four Seasons Hotel. An overly eager assistant is hovering around the young actress making sure that the headlining star of Mean Girls is being accommodated.

"Do you need anything else? Are you sure?" and just in case, the assistant asks again, "Are you sure?"

With red hair swinging, Lohan enters the room and nearly takes everyone's breath away. Blink and the cute, little girl in the remake of The Parent Trap turns into a sexy siren in a turquoise tube top.

"She's growing up," said Mark S. Waters, who directed Lohan in Freaky Friday and Mean Girls. "She's no longer the little tomboy from Freaky Friday in garage band. She's kind of just changing-becoming a truly gorgeous young woman. And as an actress too, she's definitely evolved to a point where she could be number one on the call sheet."

Yeah. Check the movie poster and notice that her name appears above that of Tina Fey's, who only co-stars and wrote all of the intelligent lines in the film about teenage girls' art of warfare.

But then again, it is Lohan who in one scene as the innocent Cady leaps across the lunch table to maul and strangle Regina George (Rachel McAdams), the Queen Bee of the school for stealing Aaron (Jonathan Bennett). That was Lohan's favorite scene to shoot, by the way.

As the conversation with the 17-year-old actress bird-walks from one topic to another (boys, kissing, working, etc.) the cracks in Lohan's veneer becomes more evident with self-conscious giggles or self-proclaimed moments of terror when she feels like everyone is looking at her.

It comes to a point where someone calls out, "You're so 17!" like it's unbelievable.

"I am so 17 though," Lohan shoots back. "But I work like I'm not 17 because this is a full-time job. And that's what people don't realize."

The New York native who got started as a Ford model when she was five years old takes the time out of her busy schedule to talk to The Movie Insider about growing pains, kissing scenes and a former nemesis whose name rhymes with "buff."

What clique were you a part of in high school?

I was kind of a floater (one who gets along with everyone).

Were girls mean to you in school?

Not really. I made sure that the friends that I had were my really close friends and weren't like that. I could trust then. Everyone got along with everyone else. It was kind of pleasant for me. When I switched schools in the 10th grade, there was a group kind of like the Plastics. They were mean.

Did you and Rachel get along?

We got along because really well because none of the girls are mean and after each take we would sort of laugh and say, 'Sorry. Didn't mean to say that' (laughs).

Did you grow up in a 'Hollywood' family?

No. My dad is an investment banker. The only thing that is close to [being Hollywood] is that my mom was a [Radio City Hall] Rockette.

When did you realize that you wanted to become an actress?

I would always run around my house singing. (sarcastically) Back in the day, I would kind of blast Madonna in my house-"The Immaculate Conception," and I would sing on the balcony to my friends and stuff (laughs). When I started doing modeling-I was comfortable in front of the camera. It's not too often that a young kid is OK to sit in front of the camera and be on-call and stuff like that. As I got older and doing commercials, I asked, 'Mom, can I do this?' I begged her to take me in [to auditions] and she was like 'No. Stay in school. You don't need to do this. You have time for that.' I would beg her to drive me in every day. One day I said, 'Mom, if I don't get this commercial, I'm never doing this again and I got that commercial! It was a Dunkin Heinz commercial.

Do you want of do a more dramatic role?

I want to do something different, but I don't want to grow up ahead of my fans where I'm at a point and I can't go back because it's such a big audience that sees these movies and I don't kinda' want to disappoint them and not be able to watch me anymore. You're only 17 once and I feel like I have time to grow up in front of the public.

What was it like kissing Jonathan Bennett?

It's weird. You have this job where you have to like kiss someone and there's all these people watching-it's weird!

What was it like working with half of the cast of "Saturday Night Live"?

I could not keep a straight face when I was on camera-it wasn't fair. I got in trouble a few times.

You've been doing comedies from the get-go, what did the "SNL" cast teach you about making people laugh?

The comedies that I've done aren't as physical as the one I've done in some parts in this movie, which is different for me. I was a little more nervous to do that because I was afraid of what people would think-if it was just looking stupid or actually funny. So in like the cafeteria scene, Tina was like just go for it. She was like have fun with it. Don't think about it. Don't think about what others will think. That helps because when you're 17 and you're on a set with other people everyone is kind of watching you.

Are you nervous to be hosting "SNL" on Friday?

I'm excited. The fact that I know some of [the cast] will help, I hope. I've been trying to think of it with my friends and stuff, and they were saying, 'So maybe we'll do Britney Spears!' (disdainfully) I don't want to do Britney Spears! I don't want anyone to like hate me if I make fun of them!

Will you be doing... Hilary Duff?

That's called for. "SNL" is the chance where if something has been out in the public, that's what you do. Janet Jackson's whole thing was hysterical. It was necessary. Like you have to do that!

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