Lindsay Lohan: "I Want My Career Back"

The troubled starlet is eager to put her legal woes behind her and jump back into acting

Lindsay Lohan has done her (limited) time in jail and in rehab, and now the actress is ready to get her life back on track.

In an interview with Vanity Fair that she gave before paying her penance, the actress revealed that she blames her trouble on a combination of having poor role models, an erratic father and, yes, even her own bad judgement.

"I was irresponsible," Lohan says of her multiple DUI arrests and car wrecks. " And I'm not making excuses." But the starlet says it was the lack of discipline during her formative years that led her down a dark path.

Lohan says part of her problem was that the tabloids were her single news source -- a fact she now calls "scary and sad."

"I would look up to those girls … the Britneys and whatever. And I would be like, I want to be like that," she admits.

"I didn't have any structure. In the beginning, I had structure, and then I lost all the structure in my life. I think a lot of it was because when I was doing my first slew of movies, it was very go-go, and I had a lot of responsibility, and I think just the second I didn't have [structure] anymore -- I was 18, 19 -- with a ton of money."

But Lohan says she was just like any other teen, except that every step she took was chronicled by the media.

"These were my college years … but they were in the public eye," she says. "I was irresponsible. I was experimenting. I was doing certain things that people do 10 times more of when they're in college."

Lohan owns up to her faults but firmly denies having a drug or alcohol problem. "I've never abused prescription drugs," she says. "I never have -- never in my life. I have no desire to. That's not who I am. I've admitted to the things that I've done. To, you know, dabbling in certain things and trying things 'cause I was young and curious and thought it was like, OK, 'cause other people were doing it and other people put it in front of me. And I see what happened in my life because of it."

"I'm a completely different person now," she adds.

The 24-year-old also points the finger at her father, Michael Lohan, who continues to use his daughter's troubles to gain media attention.
"I think if anyone should be looked at medically it's him," she says of her dad. "He has such a big chemical imbalance at this point because of all the things he's done to himself."
With her latest legal drama behind her, Lohan is ready to get back into the acting world -- a place she's positive she belongs.

"I want my career back," Lohan says. "I know that I'm a damn good actress, and it's been my passion since I was a child, and I know that when I care about something, I put 100 percent and more into it."

The October issue of Vanity Fair will be available on newsstands Sept. 7.
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