Lind­say Lo­han re­turns to tele­vi­sion

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NEW York—lind­say Lo­han wants you to know that she’s dif­fer­ent now.

It’s a word she trots out a cou­ple of dozen times over a half-hour in­ter­view, de­scrib­ing her new-found peace since re­lo­cat­ing from Los An­ge­les to Dubai, a “silent, safe place” for the once-em­bat­tled ac­tress-turned-en­tre­pre­neur, where pa­parazzi are mer­ci­fully banned.

“I feel like I can ac­tu­ally breathe,” says Lo­han, 32, sit­ting in a Soho ho­tel suite sprin­kled with pub­li­cists and half-eaten food on a gloomy No­vem­ber evening. “Men­tally, my health is dif­fer­ent. Ev­ery­thing is just dif­fer­ent … It’s a dif­fer­ent kind of power that I’ve gained, just tak­ing my­self out of ev­ery (neg­a­tive) sit­u­a­tion that I used to con­stantly be in.”

MTV’S Lind­say Lo­han’s Beach Club, pre­mier­ing Tues­day (9 p.m. in Canada), aims to show just how much the Mean Girls star has grown since her last re­al­ity TV out­ing: OWN’S short-lived 2014 se­ries Lind­say, which charted her postre­hab re­cov­ery and first ca­reer come­back at­tempt with Oprah Win­frey’s guid­ance.

The new show side­steps her per­sonal life en­tirely. In­stead, cam­eras fol­low Lo­han as she ex­pands her Eu­ro­pean night­club em­pire to Mykonos, Greece, with the launch of a lux­ury beach club. Like Bravo’s Van­der­pump Rules, the se­ries gives view­ers a first­hand look at what it’s like to man­age a bar and restau­rant, as Lo­han and her right-hand man, Panos Spent­zos, train and over­see VIP hosts and staff. In the first episode, for in­stance, Lo­han gen­tly scolds her new re­cruits for drink­ing all the club’s al­co­hol.

“The show’s re­ally about me as a busi­ness­woman and me learn­ing how to run this busi­ness,” Lo­han says. Her em­ploy­ees share equal screen time be­cause “it’s not that fun to watch me all the time; it’s more fun to see the real stuff that I do. Now you get to see it, so it’s a script that I get to di­rect.”beach Club is the for­mer child star’s lat­est ef­fort to re­write the sala­cious nar­ra­tive that has fol­lowed her since the late 2000s, when she be­came tabloid fod­der for her ar­rests and nights par­ty­ing with ex-pals Paris Hil­ton and Ni­cole Richie. Now, the only Lind­say Lo­han lives in Dubai, now, and says she prefers work­ing over­seas. peo­ple she keeps in touch with from her past are Win­frey and Freaky Fri­day co-star Jamie Lee Cur­tis, whom she checks in with ev­ery so of­ten for ad­vice.

“I’m a home­body. I find more joy cook­ing and watch­ing movies” with friends, says Lo­han, who spent a rare week­end in New York with sis­ter Ali, brother Michael Jr. and mom Dina. She would like to do more movies — Martin Scors­ese, Steven Spiel­berg and Bradley Cooper are on her di­rec­tors’ wish list — but prefers work­ing over­seas, tak­ing roles in Sea­son 2 of Sick Note, which aired in the U.K. last year, and the up­com­ing film Frame, which will shoot in Saudi Ara­bia.

Act­ing “scared me for a long time, be­cause ev­ery time I was do­ing a movie, peo­ple would look at my per­sonal life and that would over­shadow the film,” Lo­han says. “But (shoot­ing) in Lon­don for Sick Note, there was no one around


Lind­say Lo­han and it was great, and I was like, ‘I’m ready to go again.’ I think I just needed a minute.”

Lo­han hasn’t en­tirely es­caped con­tro­versy: she drew back­lash from fans in 2017 for tweets seem­ingly sup­port­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump (“Ev­ery­one’s en­ti­tled to their own opin­ion,” she says now) and, last fall, for a bizarre In­sta­gram Live video, in which she at­tempted to “res­cue” Syr­ian refugee chil­dren on the street but wound up scuf­fling with their re­sis­tant par­ents. (“I mis­in­ter­preted the sit­u­a­tion and learned from my mis­take, and that’s all there is to say.”)

Then there was her sincedeleted In­sta­gram video de­fend­ing Har­vey We­in­stein and com­ments to Lon­don news­pa­per the Times that women who speak out in the Me Too move­ment “look weak,” for which she has since apol­o­gized.

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