Changing Channels

“During the past five years, I’ve learned that time flies faster than you think, and because you only live once you have to learn from your mistakes, live your dreams and be accountable.”

So said actress Lindsay Lohan of her long-running troubles in the current edition of Playboy.

Lindsay Lohan


It sounds so reasonable, so mature of her to say that and we need to be forgiving and hopeful that Lohan can turn a corner on her life and live cleanly, soberly and with a purpose.

But the expression “actions speak louder than words” seems to ring out her regarding Lohan, who has two drink driving arrests, five jail sentences and five rehab stints under her belt.

Her choice of forum in which to tell her story also sounds off alarms, or it should.

It may sound like ex-Saints coach Jim Mora’s lament over his team’s postseason chances, which he parlayed into a recent beer ad, but I’ll say this “Playboy! …. are you kidding me … Playboy?”

OK, so her decision may have had a little something to do with a $1 million payoff from Hugh Hefner but it still seems short-sighted to state her case in a men’s “adult” magazine. The move also didn’t quite work out for “The Hef” when the pictures were leaked online … though the mag’s sales should be OK.

Lohan seems to have forgotten what she said back in 2004, however. “I`m not doing Playboy, no. Never. They contacted my publicist and they asked if I would do their 20 questions spread, which is not a nude photo that they do with it. It`s a regular photo. But I do have a Disney movie coming out and a young fan base and I`m not interested in doing Playboy right now in my life.

Well, OK so Lohan even manages to contradict HERSELF in that one statement from the beginning to the end … giving herself space to change her mind… quite a mean feat for a former Mean Girl, (to mention a movie she starred in).

Lohan is reportedly treating her probation responsibilities seriously and should be applauded for that as she has been, from newspapers and media outlets all over the web. But the latest interview could be perceived as a step back.

The one-time child star who was so sweet and cute and funny in The Parent Trap, Freaky Friday and Herbie movies, seems SO focused on her physical appearance these days. And then wonders why she is the center of attention for the gossip pages and papparazzi…

“Sex and sexuality are a part of nature, and I go along with nature.  I think Marilyn Monroe once said that,” commented Lohan in the interview. “I certainly agree with her. Knowing yourself and your body is so important because it gives you confidence, and in life, women need confidence.”

Some would argue that while your body/appearance stand out as the first thing people see, it isn’t nearly as important as “inner-beauty” and how one comes across as a person/human being.

We all grow old and most of us become less “beautiful” physically, so does that mean our confidence should fade because of it? Many people seem to GAIN confidence with age and become MORE comfortable in their own skin even as they wrinkle and their bodies become, well, uncooperative to put it kindly.

And that’s actually a pretty cool in a lot of ways …

If we have or can develop that God-given inner-beauty, well … that can serve us and others so much better. Perhaps Lindsay Lohan will come to understand that more as time goes on.

Be sure to check out BeliefNet’s upcoming photo/story spread on Lindsay Lohan coming in the next few days!

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