TODAY | March 01, 2012
>>> more of our exclusive interview with lindsay lohan . at just 25 years old, she's attempting a comeback. she says she's rid herself of people who were bad influences, is ready to take on the hosting role on "saturday night live," we wanted to know if anything will be off-limits on the show.
>> you know, i'm trying to put myself in the writers room right now at "saturday night live," all right?
>> and they're going to have some fun or going to want to have some fun with the things you've been through.
>> i've already pitched that to them.
>> is anything off-limits? i mean have you said to them, look, i want positive in my life right now and i'd rather not do a sketch about x or y?
>> i think if i'm going to do you know, a sketch about x or y, this is the place to do it. i think "snl" is where you actually are okay to do that. and i spoke with my attorney, and asked her, i didn't want to be disrespectful to you, and she's been really wonderful to me and helped me a lot. so i've asked if certain things would be you know, inappropriate or off-limits, because i wanted to be in the clear.
>> what kind of feedback have you gotten on the legal side?
>> it's some of the things were acceptable. so we'll see if we can get them together and write them the right way. i want to poke fun at myself.
>> we were arranging a phone call at one point over the last couple of weeks and i was told you were in community service . and i even think i was told you were at the morgue.
>> community service is given to someone like you for a reason. what have you learned from it?
>> it's actually amazing how in these situations, how much, how you can go to this place, the two women that i work with there have been so wonderful to me. and i've learned so much just from them and it's just, they're just genuinely nice, good people and everyone there has been really just kind to me. and it's been, it's been a learning experience and i'm glad that i experienced it. i'm grateful that you know, i've learned from it. it's helped me.
>> i'm sitting --
>> it's humbling.
>> i'm sitting across from you and i'm looking, and i'm thinking, you are as confident and together as i've seen you in a long time.
>> thank you.
>> and i'm wondering if there are people out there thinking -- this can't last. you know, this is -- this is just lindsay today. because she's saying what she wants to say and we're going to see the old lindsay soon. how do you feel when you know there are doubters out there like that?
>> it's unfortunate. but if i harped on that and only focused on the negative and people that doubted me, i might be right back where they wanted me. but that's not for me and i'm not going, i don't want to go back to that place. i want to move forward with my life and i want to continue to move forward. and in the right direction. and i don't, i want to keep growing and i want to keep growing in the right ways.
>> it seems like in this country, people love to make stars. and then in some ways they like to sit back with fascination as stars crash to earth.
>> but i think americans also like a story about redemption. do you feel that there's a story of redemption in your future?
>> i personally believe that there is, yes.
>> how will that look, if we sit down, you know, you haven't been here in six years. if it's another six, let's hope it's five years, yes.
>> maybe sooner.
>> but let's say we sit down at 30, five years from now. what will we be talking about? what's going to be going on in your life?
>> hopefully i'll have just come from the oscars this past weekend.
>> you see that kind of movie role? do you see getting full steam back into acting?
>> yeah, completely. i just want to kind of -- just work like, i want to be able to work to the point where i can just like go on a vacation with my family. or i can -- and then have the premieres and be happy for that and i love that feeling. and being able to share what i love to do with people that see the film. i want that.
>> you miss that?
>> there's rumors or stories going around that your next project is going to be playing elizabeth taylor ?
>> tell me about it.
>> i'm going to be playing you know, a part of her film, in "cleopatra" the producer is larry thompson , and we're casting and figuring, we start production soon. so i've been doing tons of research. but i've always kind of researched her. she's always been a fascinating woman to me. so i'm really honored. and i will not let anyone down, especially my is.
>> it's funny that you felt the need to say that. i will not let anyone down.
>> it's because people -- you know, i could see where it could be scary for people to invest in me. and i don't want people to have that reason to be scared any more. so -- being able to have this opportunity with "snl" and the film, i'm going to do what i'm supposed to do and enjoy it and do it as best i can.
>> you said you've had to change the people you hang out with. which leads to the simple question. is there someone in your life these days? romantically?
>> no, i don't want that.
>> why not?
>> not right now. i want to focus on me and i want to focus on work. that's another thing that actually in the past, i didn't do. i think i was more involved in my relationships, if i was in one, than myself. and it became very co-dependant in a bad way. and i lost track of again, like looking at myself in the mirror. because i was always focused on, i was distracting myself. and i'm -- i've learned to love myself and i think that's really important and i've learned to take the time that i need to do what i need to do, that's going to make me happy. and if something came along and you never know, i really want to focus on my work right now. i really do. and that's the first time ever in my life i've said that. that's a big deal for me. it is, to not feel the need to kind of having someone else around. to keep me company. and -- i'm okay with that right now.
>> you sound good and you look good and i appreciate your time today.
>> thank you so much.
>> don't wait five or six years.
>> i won't, i promise.
>> thank you.
>> appreciate it.
>>> and to see more of our interview and to compare it to what lindsay said in our sit-down back in 2006 , head to our website, today.com.