Lindsay Lohan is nearly ready for her closeup. But just seconds before a recent photo shoot, one of her six handlers jumps in, spritzing the 17-year-old actor’s hair and checking her makeup. They needn’t worry. Lohan, the star of Mean Girls (April 30)— based on Rosalind Wiseman’s book, Queen Bees and Wannabes, and adapted by and co-starring Saturday Night Live’s Tina Fey— is a natural in front of the camera. Not surprising, considering the New York City native is a former child model with the prestigious Ford Models. “At five,” says Lohan, “I was doing shoots with Mischa Barton (The O.C.) and Kirsten Dunst.”
That early work and appearances in more than 60 commercials—including Bill Cosby’s Jell-0 ads—led to Lohan’s first big break. In 1998, she landed the lead in the remake of Disney’s The Parent Trap, becoming the studio’s “It” girl and starring in Freaky Friday (2003) and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004). Now, she’s in talks for yet another turn in a Disney remake: the ’60s classic The Love Bug, due out next year.
Lohan stars in the smart teen comedy Mean Girls, adapted by SNL's head scribe
But Lohan says—and certainly looks like— she’s ready to leave her teenybopper roles behind. During last week’s promotional stop in Toronto for Mean Girls, she sported a pair of eye-catching pink heels and an ultra-tight tank top that needed constant attention just to keep things PG. Yet she claims to be a throwback—longing for a return to the silver screen’s golden age. “I wish the old Hollywood would come back,” says Lohan, whose idol is Audrey Hepburn. “I love the way everyone dressed back then. It’s a lot tougher to be sexy now than it used to be. That was a time when women could be hot without taking all their clothes off.”
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