Lindsay Lohan says she’s been clean and sober “for a long time” in Today Show interview

Everything’s been really quiet on the Lindsay Lohan front lately, except for kindlings of a restart of her acting career. The latest Lindsay headlines have been about her landing a role playing Elizabeth Taylor in a Lifetime movie (following in the footsteps of Rob Lowe is never a bad thing,) and also landing a gig hosting SNL this weekend.

Not only is she hosting SNL, but she’s reportedly ready to completely make fun of herself, something she’s criticized SNL for doing in the past. She even raised a stink when Gwyneth Paltrow uttered a joke about her on Glee. Laughing about yourself is a sign of maturity and growth, so hopefully Lindsay really is on the right track now.

She also sat down with Matt Lauer for an exclusive taped Today interview. She told Matt she’s been clean and sober for “a while,” and while she first bristled at the thought of feeling personally connected to what happened with Whitney Houston, calling it “scary” and “morbid” to compare her life to Whitney’s, eventually opened up a bit about what it was like to “fall into that world” of substance abuse.

Matt Lauer: Simpliest, blunt question: You clean and sober?

Lindsay Lohan: Yes. I’m good. And I’m clean and sober.

Matt: And how long has that been?

LL: Um, it’s been a while. It’s been a long time. And it’s nice to feel that, I also have a lot of great people in my life that are in the same position, so I can always turn to them. And I’ve had great people that I can talk to at anytime, and that have helped me kind of figure myself out.

Matt: Can you go the nightlife? Can you go to parties, can you go to clubs without suffering the temptation that’s going to get you into trouble.

LL: I could, but that’s not my thing anymore. I went out, actually, a few months ago with a friend, and I was so uncomfortable. Not because I felt tempted, just because it was the same thing that it always was before, and it just wasn’t fun for me. I’ve become more of a homebody and I like that.

M: I also thought about you not long ago when Whitney Houston passed away. Someone with so much talent, such raw talent, and who went through such a tough time, and obviously the end came way too soon. When you heard the news of her death, did any of it register on a personal level with you?

LL: Not really. I wouldn’t like to, I don’t want to go there. That’s kind of a scary, morbid thing to discuss. Maybe to some extent when I went to jail, and being in that place, that was really terrifying for me.

M: And the abuse also, in terms of substance abuse. It can rob talent.

LL: Yeah, no, I completely agree. Yeah. And you can just completely kind of fall into that world, and that’s a really scary thing, and I have experienced things like that. And I have friends that have experienced things like that. And it’s a really sad factor that can come into play in people’s lives sometimes if you don’t recognize it, and a lot of people don’t like to. And I think I did that for a long time. I think I was scared, and I didn’t want to admit it to myself, let alone anyone else.

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The rest of this interview with Matt Lauer airs tomorrow morning (Thursday) on The Today Show. What do you think, is Lindsay perched for a comeback? Has she cleaned up her life for good?

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  • mel

    Oh my gosh. She looks so old! What the hell did she do to her face?! She used to be so gorgeous

  • LM

    “Lindsay Lohan says she’s been clean and sober “for a long time”

    What nonsense. When you have committed to a clean and sober existence, you remember the year, date, and time of that last drink.

  • Mandy

    She either has alcohol bloat, got major fillers, or is on some type of steroids because she is majorly bloated. Has been for awhile now.

  • kat

    matt always asked his geust really off base questions that they clearly arent comfortable answering.
    also i agree her face does look odd, an the bangs just make it worse. i think it she turned the bangs into a side bang and stopped with the fillers(if she is doing that), then shed look great.

  • Jessica

    I’m rooting for her! I hope she can go back to the beautiful actress she was back in the Mean Girls and Georgia Rule days. A good start would be to color her hair back to a natural shade.

  • Neacy

    I don’t particularly like Lindsey but if she is doing good I think that is great and I can certainly see a difference. I think more people should be supportive of that instead of posting rude comments about her appearance when she is obviously such a vulnerable girl. Everyone is saying she looks bloated or big or ugly, etc. That’s what happens when you come off certain drugs, they interfere with your body they affect your looks and when you come off some of them you get bigger. I’m happy she’s doing so great.

  • Bixch

    After looking at her it just doesn’t add up, and really you have to wonder what is going on here? Just another PR campaign. Face fillers anyone??

  • helloisitme

    She should stick to red hair, her complexion really doesn’t go well with brown or blonde hair.

    As for her substance abuse, I don’t really believe her, but I hope it’s true. She’s kind of bratty and entitled for having only been hot and successful for less then a minute, as the majority of her fame is based on her being a train wreck. While I don’t really find her appealing or have any desire to see her in a film, obviously it would still be a good thing if she got sober.

  • Sweet Venom

    I just don’t see her playing Elizabeth Taylor. Elizabeth was gorgeous and had that beautiful dark look about her…Lindsay Lohan just looks old and washed out. Bad choice in my opinion! There has to be other beautiful girls out there in Hollywood that would make a better Elizabeth.