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I want my film stardom back, says LiLo

Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan has admitted she was "irresponsible" in a new interview, but downplayed alcohol or drug troubles and declared her acting career would now come first.

Lohan (24) recently released early from jail and a rehabilitation programme, and now ordered to attend behavioural therapy classes, told Vanity Fair magazine -- in an interview conducted one week before her jail term began -- that she would cut back on hedonistic ways.

"I want my career back," she told the magazine. "I want the respect that I had when I was doing great movies. And if that takes not going out to a club at night, then so be it."


The Freaky Friday actress said landing in Los Angeles several years ago was "very go-go-go" with ample freedom and money that brought upon damaging behaviour, but now she "was fine" and her acting ability was in top shape.

"I don't care what anyone says. I know that I'm a damn good actress," she said. "And I know that in my past I was young and irresponsible, but that's what growing up is. You learn from your mistakes."

Adding to her confusion, she said, was that she read US tabloids, which she called "really scary and sad".

"I would look up to those girls... the Britneys and whatever. And I would be like, I want to be like that," she said.

Reports of alcohol abuse were overplayed, she said, while dealing with her father was far harder.

"I think everyone has their own addictions and hopefully learns how to get past them," she said.

"I think my biggest focus for myself is learning how to continue to get through the trauma that my father has caused in my life."

Lohan admitted in 2007 that she was addicted to alcohol and drugs, and went to rehab three times. She was ordered to wear an alcohol monitoring anklet in May this year and was jailed for missing multiple alcohol education classes imposed as part of her probation three years ago.