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We don't know for sure that Lindsay Lohan is a changed woman, but recently things seem to be looking up -- with signs that she's making actual progress in rehab. Here are three reasons that have us feeling hopeful about the embattled actress's recovery:
1. She's smiling again. It may seem like a little thing, but it's been a while since the paparazzi have captured LiLo looking happy and alert. On at least three occasions this week, Lohan, 24, has been photographed looking genuinely content (like in this gallery of the actress going on a coffee run near her sober living facility).
2. She's made peace with her dad. This is a big one, since the actress had publicly written Michael Lohan off during the past two years. Obviously, her relationship with her ex-con, publicity-loving dad is a big emotional wound for Lindsay -- so if she's really trying to fix her life, she needs to find a way to heal the relationship. She took the first step by joining her dad for a friendly shopping trip on Sunday, days after he made a pledge to stop talking to the media about her. (Although he did tell the media that the visit went well. Baby steps.)
3. Her mom isn't in denial about her issues. After swearing up and down for years that Lindsay is sober and doesn't need treatment, Dina Lohan told the Today show on Monday that her daughter is getting the help she needs at the Betty Ford Center.
So this all looks like progress, right? We've only heard one thing that worries us: Reportedly, the actress is trying to get a "work pass" from rehab so that she can start working on her next film, the porn-star biopic Inferno. Lohan has pulled this stunt one too many times in her life, finding professional excuses to skip her court-ordered obligations.
Her role in Inferno is going to be intense, and will demand Lohan to leave her comfort zone (the film definitely includes serious nudity, and possibly simulated sex and/or drug use). This doesn't sound like a good transitional project while Lindsay is in recovery. We hope that those close to her and doctors advise her to wait until January to start her next project -- director Matthew Wilder, after all, has made it very clear that he doesn't want anyone else!
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