Even if you’re not a sports fan, the Super Bowl consistently offers two things everyone can enjoy: the halftime show and commercials filled with celebrity cameos. Take this year’s game on Feb. 13, for which Planet Fitness tapped Lindsay Lohan to play in her 30-second spot.
Perfectly self-deprecating, the ads see a “new and improved” Lohan working out and sleeping better than ever, “which the paparazzi aren’t thrilled about.” (Cut to paparazzo crying and shouting “I miss Lindsay!” outside a nightclub). At another point, we learn that Lohan “traded in DUIs for DIYs,” dazzling an ankle monitor worn by Danny Trejo.
And that’s not the only acting gig Lohan has on the horizon. vogue caught up with the star to discuss her slate of upcoming projects (did you know she’s starting a podcast?), what she’s been missing in acting and life, and what she’s got could be able wear on her next wedding day. (She recently got engaged to boyfriend Bader Shammas, in case you didn’t know — we can practically hear the wedding bells!) Read the conversation below.
Your Super Bowl commercial is with Planet Fitness. Are you a big gym person?
Exercise is now a big part of my life – it wasn’t before – and Planet Fitness is an inclusive environment. It’s a safe and fun space to work out, which I really liked about them. As far as publicity goes, they were very open to me being very involved and hands-on with the way we did it, and making fun of myself.
I love that you’re playful, with the DUI and paparazzi references.
It was an opportunity for me to really put all the little things that happened in the past to bed, and it was a really light and fun way to do it. I feel good about myself: I have evolved spiritually, mentally, physically. I’m comfortable laughing at the past and leaving it there. I just felt like the timing was right for me. And it benefits others in a way, because it shows how you can get through this and back through health and exercise. I think it was a nice way to tell this story.
What are your favorite workouts right now?
I’m a treadmill girl. I have one at home and I love running. It clears my head. But I love going to the gym. I take time for it now, whereas before I couldn’t. It’s about the physical aspect, but it’s more about the mental well-being that the gym gives me. I find a balance in it: stress relief, better sleep.
I think we are all striving to be better at health and wellness this year. What else do you do to maintain a sense of balance?
I have my routines. At home, I wake up and have my morning tea, drink tons of water, and then get on the treadmill. Sometimes I even put on a reality show and exercise on the mat. I’m also trying to get better at using weights in the gym. I was never good at it, but I push myself to do it more now.
Let’s talk about some of your upcoming projects. You start a podcast. What can we expect?
Because I’ve never done a podcast, it’s been a learning experience for me as I go, which is the fun part about it. I talk to people I want to learn about and learn more about their artistry and their work. It’s just going to be very casual and fun conversations. I don’t want it to be deep and dull and boring.
Do you listen to a lot of podcasts?
Not so much, no. [Laughs.] But I’m glad I don’t, because I don’t want to go into the subject with too many preconceptions about what other people are doing. I want to do it in a way that I feel comfortable doing.
You also have a Christmas movie coming out on Netflix over the holidays, which we’re excited about. Why was this the right project to jump into?
I feel like what we don’t have enough of right now are romantic comedies. And that’s exactly what it is: it’s a really fun and uplifting romantic comedy. And it’s really very funny. When I read the script and when we started filming it, I hadn’t realized how physically funny we were going to be. There’s a lot of physical comedy in it, which I really enjoyed doing – it’s one of my favorite things to do, something I haven’t done in a while.
I know Christmas has just arrived, but are you a big fan of holiday movies in general?
I put them on. I love to cook, especially on holidays when I’m with family, so I always have them on me, or Mariah Carey [music]playing. It gets you in the mood and reminds you of family, happiness and good times.
What will you be looking for in your future acting projects?
It’s hard because I want to do the right thing. That first movie was perfect for me, because I really want to do something happy, fun, and family-oriented. I like to do that. I miss seeing romantic comedies, and less horror [genre]. I want to keep him happy.
I loved your horror movie, I know who killed me. I’m not going to lie.
It was really fun to do. It was my first step into something different and dark, which was really exciting. And the pole dancing lessons were a workout in themselves!
What are you most looking forward to playing again?
The most exciting part of returning to filming is being on set with everyone. Not just in front of the camera, but around the team. All the little things that people don’t think about are the fun part – call time, call sheets – I really love being on set and interacting with people and then bringing a character to life. I really missed that.
Be at vogue, I have to sneak in some fashion questions to finish. What are you into right now?
Watching fashion week from afar has always been difficult for me, because I always faded away. One of my favorites has always been Alaïa, and I love what Pieter Mulier is doing with Alaïa, and changing it up a bit. I find Alaïa very sophisticated and classy, but sexy at the same time. I also love Kim Jones and the new Fendi Spring/Summer collection.
Are there any trends or silhouettes you’re dying to try for spring?
I’ve never really worn cutouts, but I don’t know if I’ll experiment with it. Maybe for a photo shoot or something. It’s funny, because I find myself more and more reserved as I get older in the way I dress.
You also recently got engaged – congratulations! Have you started thinking about the dress yet?
That’s the first thing I thought of. [Laughs.] One of my closest friends, Francesco Scognamiglio, is an Italian designer, and he and I shared some ideas. This is the fun part for the girl!