Lindsay in Vanity Fair

Interview extract:

In a revealing new interview, Lindsay Lohan details the infamous antics that landed her in jail — but insists that her wild-child days are behind her.

“I was irresponsible. And I’m not making excuses,” the 24-year-old star tells Vanity Fair in its latest issue, set to hit newsstands this week with this sensationally sexy photo.

What about the court-ordered, drug and alcohol counseling sessions she skipped?

“I have to support myself. I have to pay for my apartment. I have to pay for food,” Lohan said, explaining why she didn’t attend the sessions. “People root for me and say they want me to work, but then everyone’s against me.”

And the infamous partying?

“These were my college years . . . but they were in the public eye. I was irresponsible. I was experimenting,” she said. “I was doing certain things that people do 10 times more of when they’re in college.”

She said someone should have given her more “structure” when she hit it so big so early.

“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.”

A lack of good parenting didn’t help.

Lohan rips into her wayward dad, Michael, for not being there for her family, saying, “I think if anyone should be looked at medically it’s him . . . He has such a big chemical imbalance at this point because of all the things he’s done to himself.”

The troubled actress even played the sexism card, charging that Tinseltown bad boys don’t suffer the same public scorn as its misbehaving women.“It’s not OK,” she said. “But they still keep their deals, they still keep their contracts, they still keep their roles, they still get their gigs.”

At one point during the Vanity Fair interview — conducted a week before she went to jail for 13 days for violating probation on two DUI raps — Lohan showed the writer her tattoos and read one of them on her left forearm that’s a paraphrased quote from Marilyn Monroe:

“Stars, all we ask for is our right to twinkle.”

Lohan then went to fix her ponytail — and one of her hair extensions fell out.

The embarrassing moment prompted her to good-naturedly quip: “I’m literally falling apart.”

But the “Mean Girls” star insisted that, actually, nothing could be further from the truth — and that she’ll be back on top in Tinseltown and make fans forget about her regrettable past few years that landed her behind bars.

“I want my career back,” Lohan said. “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.”

Still, the mag noted that her professional reputation is in tatters.

“She’s Hollywood kryptonite right now,” a movie publicist said. “No one wants their name mentioned in the same breath as hers.”

But Lohan said many of the stories in the tabloids are made up. For example, she insisted, she has never been hooked on prescription drugs.

“I’ve never abused prescription drugs,” Lohan said. “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 said.

Of course, the mag noted, Lohan also insisted in a 2008 interview: “I’m a different person now.”

But this time, Lohan said, she means it and will do anything to get back on top — even quit the party circuit if that’s what it takes.

“And I’m not getting any younger,” the Long Island native said.

“I want the respect that I had when I was doing great movies. And if that takes not going out to a club at night, then so be it. It’s not fun anyway. I don’t care. It’s the same thing every time.”

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