Exclusive Interview to Air on NBC’s “Today” Thursday, March 1, with a Preview Airing Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 29
EW YORK – February 28, 2012 – - Matt Lauer sat down with actress Lindsay Lohan in an exclusive interview to air Thursday, March 1 on NBC’s “Today.” Lohan talked to Lauer about her current plans and projects, what she has learned from her past experiences, and what she’s looking forward to in the future. Lohan tells Lauer that she is “clean and sober” and she wants “to continue to move forward and in the right direction.” The actress, who will host “Saturday Night Live” this Saturday, March 3, also told Lauer, “I still need to go through the process of proving myself.”
Excerpts from the interview follow. If used, mandatory credit, NBC’s “Today” and Matt Lauer with airdate Thursday, March 1. Photos from the interview are available now on nbcumv.com.
Jim Bell is the executive producer of “Today” (Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.).
There was a time when we talked last time, where I think you didn’t want to talk about a lot of things. Because I think, and correct me if I’m wrong, there was a little denial going on.
Definitely. And I think it was– it’s a scary thing to have to kind of express to people. I don’t think I was– I wasn’t as comfortable with myself then. And yeah, definitely, though. I think it was a fear factor that I had about what was really going on. And, you know, I had to get that wakeup call.
Can you go to the night life? Can you go to parties? Can you go to clubs without suffering the temptation that’s going to get you into trouble?
I don’t. I mean, I prob– I could, but I don’t. That’s not my thing anymore. I went out, actually, a few months ago with a friend. And I was so uncomfortable. Not because I felt tempted, just because it was just the same thing that it always was before. And it just wasn’t fun for me. I’ve become more of a homebody. And I like that.
Do you think people have gotten back, or can get back to the point where they trust you? In other words, professional people? You know, if they say to you, “Come host Saturday Night Live,” that’s a big commitment. And do you think the producers and directors of movies and television projects are going to get back to the part where they can go, “You know what? Yeah, we can count on Lindsay. We can bank on her?”
I think that that’s gonna take– I think that takes time. And I think that it’s actions. Because people can say things all they want, but I think I still need to go through the process of proving myself, you know, with SNL, being on time, being, you know, keeping my can’t say the word but stuff together.
There’s some stories going around that your next project is going to be playing Elizabeth Taylor.
Tell me about it.
…We’re in the middle of casting and figuring– we start production soon. I’ve been doing tons of research. But I’ve always kind of researched her. She’s always been a fascinating woman to me. So I’m really honored. And I will not let anyone down, especially myself.
It’s funny that you felt the need to say that. “I will not let anyone down.”
Because people– you know, I could see where it could be scary for people to invest in me. And I don’t want people to have that reason to be scared anymore. So being able to have this opportunity with SNL and the film, I’m gonna do what I’m supposed to do, and enjoy doing it, and do it as best as I can.
Lindsay Lohan’s parole violation took place today and the judge has sentenced Lindsay Lohan to 30 days in jail, but due to overcrowding in Los Angeles, the sentence will more than likely be five days according to prosecutors. Lohan will have to surrender on November 9th.
Prosecutors said Lohan has not taken her probation seriously and cancelled 14 of the 19 psychiatric sessions and leaving early in three of the five appointments. Also, at the women’s shelter where she was to serve her probabation, Lohan did not attend 12 of the 20 scheduled shifts.
This time Judge Sautner was not so pleased with Lohan and gave her by December 14th to serve 12 days at the morgue as part of her community service and also to attend four psychiatric sessions.
Actress Lindsay Lohan faced the wrath of Judge Sautner for failing to complete her community service. And now, Lohan was put into handcuffs and had to post bail for $100,000. The actress will have to return back on November 9th for another hearing to determine if she violated her probation.
The Judge’s ruling was that Lohan must perform 16 hours of community service a week, over a minimum of two days a week, at the Los Angeles County morgue before her probation violation hearing on November 2.
According to the judge, Lohan only served two hours of community service and had nine excused absences since her last court hearing.
Not even probation or threats of violating probation has stopped Lohan from drinking alcohol. Lohan failed her court-ordered alcohol test last week and will have to go before a judge for a probation violation hearing today.
The failed test took place on June 13 while she was confined to her Venice Beach, California home.
Lohan did receive a reduced sentence earlier because she was a non-violent offender and she qualified for a home confinement program in order to reduce overcrowding but how Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner will handle this latest situation, remains to be seen as Lohan will be meeting with the judge at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday.
Today Lohan was supposed to be interviewed by Matt Lauer for the “Today Show”.
Matt Lauer told the viewers, “Some of you may have heard that I was with Lindsay on Tuesday afternoon at her home in Los Angeles. We were supposed to sit down for an interview to talk about her current situation and her plans for the future. Lindsay and her people did express concerns about the timing of the interview and it was canceled. I think we’re learning more this morning about the reasons for their concern.”
UPDATE: Lohan met with the judge earlier today and was not given any jail time. She was told by Judge Sautner about having a party at her residence, “You are guilty of extremely poor judgment. House arrest is akin to jail.”
Judge Sautner also told Lohan, “Don’t give people a reason to hate you. Don’t do stupid things.”
Meanwhile, Lohan tweeted the following after her court meeting, “Thank you to all of my fans for your support. Sending you Love and Light. xo”
Lindsay Lohan’s hearing for her alleged necklace theft ended with a misdemeanor charge but also jail time for violating her probation. Her lawyer has filed an appeal.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner has given Lohan 120 days of jail time, 480 hours of community service, 120 hours at the LA County Morgue and 360 hours at a downtown Los Angeles women’s center hoping that Lohan will learn from the women who have fallen on hard times and are trying to survive and live.
Lohan is not expected to serve 120 days of jail time as she is expected to post $75,000 bond and be released from jail. The trial will continue and Lohan can serve a year if convicted of theft.
Hours after the Marc Fiore, producer of the upcoming film “Gotti: Three Generations” said that Lindsay Lohan will no longer be considered to play Victoria Gotti, it looks like Lindsay Lohan made an offer that he couldn’t refuse.
Fiore tells PEOPLE Magazine, “She not only is back in the movie, but she single-handedly put it all together. She called me personally and put her team on it and we came to an agreement.”
It was also revealed that Lohan would not be playing the part of Victoria Gotti as speculated but will be playing Kim Gotti, wife of John Gotti, Jr.
The Riverside County District Attorney announced on Tuesday that Lindsay Lohan would not be prosecuted for assaulting a Betty Ford Center employee for a fight that took place back in December 12th due to insufficient evidence.
Lohan still has one major court case coming up and it is in regards to Lohan’s felony grand theft accusation over a necklace she allegedly stole from a store in Venice. A preliminary hearing will take place on April 22nd.
Probably not the New York love that Lindsay Lohan was expecting. The actress and her family arrived to New York.
Lohan tweeted the following, “I love ny – but the paparazzi @ jfk just gave me an anxiety attack….. i was half asleep! they’re such animals well- @ least im with my family in the end…. xo”.
STATEMENT FROM TOM KEANEY, SPOKESPERSON FOR WORLDWIDE PANTS INCORPORATED
“Lindsay Lohan will not be delivering a Top Ten list on Thursday’s LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, as had been previously announced. We made a mistake. Someone purporting to be a friend of Lindsay’s reached out to the show yesterday, allegedly on her behalf, and booked her to appear. Clearly, this person was not authorized to make commitments on her behalf. We wish Lindsay well, and look forward to having her on the show in the future.”
LINDSAY LOHAN TO PRESENT THE TOP TEN LIST ON CBS’S “LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN,” THURSDAY, FEB. 17
NEW YORK, Feb. 15 – Actress Lindsay Lohan will present the Top Ten List on the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, Thursday, Feb. 17 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Lohan will present the Top Ten List live via satellite from Los Angeles. This will mark her fifth appearance on the CBS broadcast. She last visited the LATE SHOW on May 9, 2007.
Also featured on the LATE SHOW on Thursday, Feb. 17 are reality television star Paris Hilton, actor Nathan Fillion and musical guests Scissor Sisters.
The LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN is a production of Worldwide Pants Incorporated. Barbara Gaines, Matt Roberts, Jude Brennan, Maria Pope, Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel and Rob Burnett are the executive producers.
Official CBS website: http://www.cbs.com/late_night/late_show/