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Who was that Lindsay Lohan who appeared on Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday? She didn't look like the one we have been seeing in recent years. As Letterman frequently noted through the 14-minute interview, she looked surprisingly healthy, poised and, well, mature.
At age 26, Lohan should be mature -- but her actions in the past and frequent stints in court and rehab have made it seem like she's never learned her lesson. Watching her on Letterman, though, actually made us believe her -- or at the very least want to believe her -- when she said that this time in rehab will be different.
"I'm the happiest when I'm working, and the healthiest, and I think this is an opportunity for me to focus on what I love in life," Lohan told the late- night talk show host. "I don't think it's a bad thing. I think it's a blessing, not a curse."
Lohan will enter rehab on May 2 and stay there for three months. Letterman was able to get more out of the young actress about her plans for the future than we expected. Based on Lohan's responses to his line of questioning, that's likely because he continued to break from what they agreed to talk about in the pre-interview. At one point during the discussion, Lohan got her hands on Letterman's list of jokes and conversation topics and started reading off of it.
"'Ask yourself: Why always in trouble?' I don't know, I couldn't answer that," Lohan said. "I'm a target. I've always been. And I put myself, in the past, in situations where...you know, I take full responsibility for it, and it wasn't funny, and I was being immature, and I was going through a phase, and I had a lot of family stuff going on and things in life. You grow up and you mature. I've said that a million times -- I know that. But what else am I supposed to say when it's a process of life? I'm not trying to deny anything, any situation that I've been in."
In terms of rehab, she said, "I am looking forward to taking time for myself, and the next time I come on the show that will be in the past."
Will that be the case? Maybe, maybe not. But we agree with Lohan when she said her situation is no laughing matter. For the first time that we can recall, she seems like she genuinely understands the problems that she's facing -- and really wants to fix them. Of course, she's going to rehab because the court mandated her treatment, but her positive outlook on the situation makes us think she might actually be open to getting the help she needs. Hopefully, when Lohan is released from rehab in August, she really will be in a better place in her life. We'll certainly be rooting for her.