Lindsay Lohan first captured America's heart as a loveable Disney kid, then a teen movie star and lately she's best known for clubbing and courtrooms — but according to the 24-year-old actress, that's not who she really is.
"I've changed my point of view in recent years. When I started working in the industry, I wanted to get to the very top — and I was painted as something completely different from what I really was," Lohan told German GQ in its August issue, as translated by Crushable.com.
"Nowadays in Hollywood it is so much more about celebrities and gossip, which can distract many great actors from their actual ability," she continued. "The public comes to know so much about these people that it gets superimposed upon their work in movies."
Adding, "I love what I do, so I have to be able to handle it."
The actress, who has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for violating her probation — a sentence set to begin on July 20, said she wasn't ready to give up on her career.
"I like to tell stories that people can learn something from. And I like the concept of film: to put yourself in a dark room, hide from the world from a few hours, and discover the similarities about yourself and the screen," she told the mag. "I love it so much that I certainly won't stop, even if circumstances change."
When it comes to being photographed by the paparazzi, Lohan said many of the photos taken of her don't depict what's truly happening.
"The media creates its images in just seconds, so they can interpret reality as they imagine it. If I sneeze, photos are published, in which I am said to be weeping bitterly. And if I keep my hand in front of my mouth and nose, it's the same, I was hung-over and had a hard night of heavy partying behind me," she explained. "You can't imagine to what extent this has been accepted."