Here's what Lindsay Lohan
should do. She should leave whatever coffee shop, nightspot, or Melrose Avenue boutique she's currently in, walk down to the Writer's Guild strike, and find Tina Fey
. Once there, Miss Lohan needs to get down on her knees. And she needs to beg.
Right now, the only thing that stands in the way of Lohan and newfound success is an absence of Mean Girl
-quality roles. She needs something fresh. Something young. Something cheeky. And she needs someone like Tina Fey to write her a screenplay.
Unlike several of her tabloid-frequenting peers, Lohan didn't climb her way to the top with parties, rehab and horrifying relationships. She found stardom the old-fashioned way: with talent. Then she watched her career unravel with the aforementioned actions. But Lohan's career isn't doomed yet. If she plays her cards right, she might just end up the lasting star we all thought - originally - she was destined to be.
Ever since we saw her adorable freckled face in "The Parent Trap
" and we were awed by her grown-up beauty in "Freaky Friday
," we've been entranced by her raw talent. "Mean Girls" was just the icing on the cake. Lohan was dubbed the next big star, and for just reason. The girl could act.
After numerous rehab stints and unfortunate run-ins with the paparazzi, Lohan found herself grouped into a category with Paris Hilton
, Britney Spears
and Nicole Richie
. But unlike her fellow overexposed celebs, Lohan didn't find fame through bad behavior. She's losing it that way.
What Lohan needs to do is stop taking herself so seriously. She's a 21-year-old girl, and we don't think anyone wants to see her act like an old maid. We want to see her have fun, look fabulous, and choose good roles. Nobody wants to see Lohan wrapped up in a muumuu, staring in obscure French films and spending her free time knitting sweaters. Keep your underwear on. Hire a driver. Don't let people snap pictures of you snorting cocaine .Act your age - just do it with class.
What Lohan needs is to seem lovable. She needs to stop choosing roles that are either: A) failed attempts to be Oscar-worthy or B) failed attempts to be boundary pushing. Find a tongue-in-cheek romantic comedy, Lohan. Find a smart, socially critical comedy about youth. Steer clear of anything that has you playing a stripper in a horrible expression of torture porn.
And by all means, stay out of rehab. And jail.
Story by Sarah Lavery
Starpulse.com contributing writer