coming of age with lindsay lohan
Flame-haired and fabulous, so hot she’d melt (a) plastic — Viva La Lohan!
2004's Mean Girls was a once-in-a-generation movie moment that exploded onto our screens and for anyone who was growing up at the time, meant that life, love and wearing pink on Wednesdays would never be the same again. The tongue-in-cheek tale of Cady Heron and her induction into the Plastics was an hour and 37 minutes of comedy gold and became the turning point in Lindsay Lohan's career, taking her from mere movie actress to Hollywood superstar overnight. That's not to say Lindsay hadn't starred in the history of coming of age cinema way before her turn in Mean Girls; Lohan practically grew up in front of the camera, in Parent Trap, Freaky Friday, Life-size (with Tyra Banks no less) and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen before Cady even knew what a burn book was. In real life, it seems our favorite teen queen has come full circle after a tumultuous few years, just like her on-screen counterpart Cady, and we are happy to say LiLo is happier and more prosperous than ever. Want proof? Just take a look at her Instagram, her (nearly) 4 million followers get a glimpse into her 'bella vita' (Lohan has the saying inked on her body), with sun-kissed snaps in jet-set locations and goings on in her new home of London. All hail our Coming of Age issue i-Con, the forever-fierce Miss Lindsay Lohan. Why? Coz she's soooo fetch!
What were you like at school?
My school life was a bit different to a lot of people's I guess, as my career interrupted it from time to time. However, I did go to a high school before leaving to go to California and I was home-schooled if I couldn't attend regular classes.
How did Mean Girls change your life?
It's difficult to imagine life without it. I loved doing it; it's every little girl's dream to star in a movie and I was very lucky to be given the chance. I wouldn't have met a lot of amazing people and had the incredible experiences that I have without it.
What's your favorite line?
"On Wednesdays, we wear pink!"
If you could say anything to the 16-year-old you, what would it be?
My only advice to myself at that age would be to stay focused on the things that make you happy and the people that make you happy. I would give that advice to anybody.
What are the key essentials of a coming of age movie?
You need to relate to your audience and your fans as they support you through everything and they motivate you to succeed.
Growing up in cinema, how do you think the role of females in film has changed?
We have been recognized more for a wider range of skills. That applies in a lot of other industries as well. I feel fortunate to have grown up in an era where women can feel empowered to be as successful as they can be.
What are you working on at the moment?
I've recently finished my Lavish Alice clothing range, and have been working hard promoting that! I'm so pleased with it, it was so much fun to make and shoot.
Despite your extensive film work, Speed the Plow was your first live stage performance. Were you nervous about it?
It was a great opportunity to work with some very talented people. It's a completely different atmosphere and vibe to working in front of a camera. There is a lot more pressure but I feel I performed well!
Why did you move to London? What is it about the city that attracts you?
I wanted to move away from New York at the time, and Europe has always been a really interesting place for me. I wanted to see more of the places that I love, like Italy and France. It's a more mature setting for my life at the moment - the move was a big step forward.
Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
Still designing, acting, recording and having fun.
What's the bravest thing you can do as a young person?
Be yourself. So many people try to be different, and the hardest thing is to be yourself.
This is The Coming of Age Issue, what do you think is the hardest part of growing up?
There are so many parts that can be difficult. Learning to do things you don't want to do, but you have to. Dealing with changes in the way you see and feel. Coming to terms with who you are inside and outside and then staying true to yourself.
Text Lynette Nylander
Photography Rankin for the Lindsay Lohan x Lavish Alice collaboration