Why So Many Stars -- Ben Affleck Included -- Are Looking Out for Lindsay Lohan

A number of Hollywood A-listers are offering support to the troubled actress. Why? Because they've been there themselves

For all her problems, Lindsay Lohan may be one of the luckiest people in Hollywood. The actress has isolated her family, friends and fans with her constant legal troubles and bad attitude. She's so notoriously unreliable -- and expensive to insure -- that no one will cast her in a movie. And yet, more successful stars keep going out of their way to give Lindsay a hand. The latest person to reach out: hotshot director and redeemed leading man Ben Affleck.

According to TMZ, Affleck paid a visit to Lohan while she was at the Cliffside rehab facility in Malibu, Calif. Ben, who went to rehab for a drinking problem in 2001, reportedly gave her advice about staying sober in Hollywood. He told her how supportive people had been of his own recovery. He also assured Lohan that she had the talent and ability to turn things around and be a star again -- just like he did.

Affleck could certainly be a good role model for Lindsay. But if he wants that job, he's got some competition. Here are some of the other stars who have joined in the campaign to rescue Lindsay from herself:

Charlie Sheen -- The Anger Management star offered Lindsay advice, then put his money where his mouth was, writing her a $100,000 check to pay her tax debts. The friendship cooled after Sheen gave her a guest spot on his sitcom; she was reportedly a total nightmare on set.

Woody Allen -- The legendary New York director met with Lohan last year, and later gushed to the press about how talented she is. "I wouldn't hesitate to use her in a movie," he said, claiming that insurance would not be an issue. He has yet to cast her in a film.

Mel Gibson -- He has his own issues to work on, but the actor-director says he has privately offered Lindsay help in the past. "I may again," he told Extra in late 2012.

Tom Cruise -- Reportedly, Tom has attempted to help Lindsay the only way he knows how: trying to recruit her into Scientology. So far, no dice.

Oprah Winfrey - The talk show queen made Lindsay an offer she couldn't refuse: a one-on-one interview special (airing Aug. 18), followed by her own eight-episode reality series on the OWN network. If Oprah can't change Lindsay, can anyone?

All of the stars who have offered to help the troubled actress know what it's like to hit rock bottom -- or at least, to feel like the butt of every joke in the world. They're trying to tell Lindsay that they understand, and that she doesn't have to go through this alone.

In the past, it seemed like Lindsay was too proud -- and too convinced of her own innocence -- to take help or advice. We hope she now realizes how very lucky she is, to have so much support from people who don't even know her. Lots of folks are offering her a hand. She just has to take one.

Donna Kaufman is a freelance writer and iVillage contributor. Find her on Twitter and Google+

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