Dec. 12, 2011 at 12:59 PM ET
In fairly swift fashion, Lindsay Lohan's Playboy photo shoot has gone from rumor to reality, and now comes the next phase: wondering what it all might mean for Lohan's career.
Lohan defends her decision to do the pictorial in the accompanying Playboy interview, saying that posing nude gives her "confidence." While that might be the case for the actress, it still seems tough to rationalize her decision when you look at the stars on the covers of other monthly magazines right now, who definitely have steered clear of the Playboy strategy. Ironically, one of those stars is the incomparable Meryl Streep (now on the cover of Vogue) who co-starred with Lohan in "A Prairie Home Companion" in 2006.
The two were photographed together at the time, appearing on W magazine's cover to promote the film. That accompanying story opens with Lohan joking with the W team, and it's recalled this way: “'What are you going to call the story?' she asks, pausing just a moment before she offers her suggestion. 'Lady and the Tramp?'"
Your words, Lindsay, not ours.
Lohan went on to say, “I’d love to be in Meryl’s position. I want people to know me for the work that I’m doing, not for this party girl image, which is just vile and disgusting and not fair, because I work so hard. Maybe someone will look at my life one day and say, ‘Why don’t I do a cover with Lindsay Lohan?’”
To be fair, Streep said later in the W interview that Lohan did work hard (something her co-stars often emphasize when describing their experience with Lohan.) And, there still might be a time in Lohan's life where someone says they want to be on the cover of a magazine with her.
But in the short term, it's doubtful that "tasteful," naked pictures will get Lohan to the place she wanted to go back in 2006. If that's truly where she still wants to be.
And in a more-of-the-same juxtaposition, as Streep stares down yet another potential Oscar nomination thanks to her buzzed-about role in "The Iron Lady," Lohan deals with this.