US actor Lindsay Lohan said that she wants people to forget about her past. In an interview with Variety, Lohan said that growing up was thrilled when she saw herself in a trashy magazine. “The first time I was in a tabloid,” she says, “I was like, ‘Oh, my God, I feel like Britney Spears!’ because she was in a tabloid and I felt cool. Little did I know what would happen from there.” Lohan suffered one of the biggest crashes in Hollywood history. After starring in ‘The Parent Trap’ at 12 and climbing onto the A-list because of ‘Mean Girls’,she was poised to become one of the stars of her generation. But she was held back by her own bad choices. After a stint in rehab, Lohan was arrested in 2007 for a DUI, possession of cocaine and a misdemeanor hit-and-run. Five more arrests followed, along with more visits to rehab, court hearings, jail time, house arrest and a necklace-stealing scandal. Her last theatrical movie, ‘The Canyons’, came out six years ago, and even independent directors stopped casting her because she wouldn’t show up to set. “I just don’t want to seem like a martyr. But it’s in the past. I always say to people, ‘You do realize that was over 10 years ago?’ But it was definitely unfair and unjust at certain times, especially as a girl. I worked at the morgue [as part of a judge’s ruling for violating probation after allegedly stealing a necklace]. I’ve been through the ringer. It was horrible. But from those things, I became a lot stronger,” said Lohan. The actor, 32, has decamped the United States for Dubai, where she lives full-time. She’s entered the hospitality business, with three clubs in Greece and an island she’s designing called Lindsay Land. Now, she’s taking on another surprise job: MTV reality star. ‘Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club’, which premiered on January 8, chronicles her life in Mykonos. This latest reincarnation of Lindsay is more muted than what we’ve seen in the past (including a failed 2014 docuseries on OWN). “I think there’s a misconception that people still have about me, and I think it’s unfortunate. Hopefully, this will change people’s perception once and for all,” the actor said, adding: “Stop giving me s-! Stop rehashing my past for no reason, because everything is different now.”Published in Daily Times, January 14th 2019.