Coming Clean

This is a partial transcript of "The Big Story With John Gibson," January 4, 2005, that has been edited for clarity.


JAMIE LEE CURTIS, ACTRESS: Enough with the drama, Anna, high school is not that hard.

LINDSAY LOHAN, ACTRESS: You couldn't last one day in my high school.

CURTIS: Actually, I could. And I would do it without getting a detention.

LOHAN: I'm sorry, mom. I'm sorry that I'm the one thing in your life that isn't perfect!


JOHN GIBSON, HOST: Lindsay Lohan was one of Hollywood's biggest child stars, but she's had a bit of a rough time as a young adult. In an interview with Vanity Fair magazine she reportedly admits doing drugs and suffering from an eating disorder. Jane Skinner joins me with that story.

JANE SKINNER, CORRESPONDENT: Well, John, she's only 19, but certainly has lived a lifetime: drugs, eating disorder, a breakdown. We often hear these Hollywood starlet horror stories years down the road, but Lohan is letting it all down now. Why? Us Weekly style editor Katrina Szish is here with more.

Katrina, could this in any way be considered a wise PR move when you're talking about a girl who has a bunch of teenage girl fans and drugs?

KATRINA SZISH, US WEEKLY: I think what it does, Lindsay's admission of this, really shows them that, you know what, even I make mistakes, but I can fix those mistakes. It's better not to hide everything, to keep it inside, to deny things. It's better to come clean and then move forward with a clean slate.

SKINNER: So she's doing it to become a role model for these girls?

SZISH: I don't know if she's doing it with that in mind, but I think it could have that effect.

SKINNER: What about the idea that she also is kind of changing her career, I guess taking her turn from these "Herbie Fully Loaded" kind of movies to she's going to be starring with Meryl Streep coming up. Is she trying to make a change as a more mature actress, perhaps?

SZISH: Lindsay is actually growing up, obviously, and I think she wants her roles to reflect that maturity. We've seen her as a young child star. And she is very talented. And she's at that crucial time where either she could be a young star and kind of fizzle out, or she could really bridge the gap and move up. And I think that's what she's trying to do.

SKINNER: And judging from what she talked about, talking about some of the details in this article. Talk about fizzling out. I mean, to hear her tell it, she really had this breakdown and she called it rock bottom.

SZISH: Yes. In high school, especially when you're that age, 18, suffering from a breakup, plus the pressure of being popular, in this case for Lindsay, she's an "it" girl, not just in her high school but also in Hollywood, and also with the pressure to perform as well as she had been performing really was too much. And the fact that she admits she cracked shows us that she is a real girl.

SKINNER: You know, I have to say if their PR stunt was to get you to kind of, I don't know, identify with her, but almost feel sorry for her it worked. Because by the time I finished this article, I thought she's a decent kid who has had a really crazy life when you look at her home life and also as you said with the pressures of Hollywood.

SZISH: I think you're absolutely right. I think Lindsay doing this really gets the public's sympathy. We've seen her this past year in 2005 being the kind of girl who dances on the tables at clubs. But now we're seeing that she really has more to her and that she's looking to I guess make amends for that behavior.

SKINNER: And just to make John happy, can we talk about the pictures, very mature pictures.

SZISH: Sexy. Lindsay posing topless except skillfully covered, of course. But she is all grown up, to say the very least. And that's a cute one. But that one, there you go. That's the "oooh" picture.

SKINNER: All right. Katrina, Us Weekly magazine. We thank you very much. And John, you can say thanks to us, now.

GIBSON: Well, I'm up to date thanks to the both of you.

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