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Lindsay Lohan, Interview Magazine

Mert and Marcus/ Interview Magazine

Lindsay Lohan is having some image problems. Fortunately, she has the opportunity to talk it out with Lauren Hutton in next month's Interview magazine rather than ranting on MySpace.

So what’s ailing our dear LiLo? We’ll let her explain:

"I just feel as though it's become a situation where people have manifested this caricature of who I am, and they act as if there's no real person inside of it."

"And the worst part is," she continues...

"In terms of what people see of me I have become this girl who just loves to be photographed, doesn't know how to focus, doesn't know how to work on set, just loves the attention, knows how to go out at night, knows how to party. And you know what? I was 20 years old. I never went to college. And I lived maybe six months out of my life like that, doing something wrong, and then I stopped. God forbid I should have ever learned my lesson."

Actually, the worst part is that Hutton offers up a very viable solution: Go somewhere where no one is familiar with the monikers LiLo or SamRo, somewhere it's almost impossible to rely on celebrity alone. But that doesn't quite click with Lindsay:

“But it's so impossible for me to actually do that. When I was in Dubai, there was still press lined up around the hotel. So I find it close to impossible to actually do that. I mean, it is what it is. This is what I asked for, and in this day and age that's what actually goes on. But what hurts me the most is that I work just as hard as any other actress around my age, like Scarlett Johansson, but I just don't get the opportunities that they get because people are so distracted by the mess that I created in my life. But that doesn't mean it's going to last forever.”

First, Dubai is like the new Vegas—of course she can’t get lost there. Also, she was there for a grand, elaborate, epic hotel opening, something the press is going to cover. Second, ScarJo was able to hide away in Canada and even secretly get married. So it's clearly not impossible to disappear if that's what Lindsay actually wants. She even had the opportunity to fall off the radar for a bit at Cirque Lodge...but sold exclusive pictures to the tabloids instead.

So what, then, does Lindsay want? It's really quite simple: She just needs more people to say nice things about her:

“You know, I was with this guy Jerry Inzerillo recently, who was running the whole Atlantis [the Palm resort opening celebration] in Dubai. And when I saw him, he started complimenting me, telling me how I reminded him of these other actresses. I literally just sat there...He was just saying these really nice things to me that people don't really ever say, and I started crying."

Fact is, we want to say nice things about her, we want to see her in quotable movies again and not spend all our Lindsay time wondering if she and SamRo have broken up and why she keeps getting magazine covers. But she's got to do a little more than follow her ladylove around to DJ gigs and shop all the time.

And we mean that in the nicest way.