NEW YORK (RNN) - As she braces for her hosting stint on Saturday Night Live this weekend, a determined Lindsay Lohan is working hard to remind the world that she was once a serious actress before she became a tabloid fixture.
The actress has a long history with the legendary NBC variety show. Lohan famously appeared in the original "Debbie Downer" skit. Saturday will mark her fourth turn as host.
One of a series of promos shot with SNL cast member Kenan Thompson features Lohan poking fun at her personal setbacks.
"It's unfortunate that everyone's paid so little attention to you over the last few years," Thompson says.
"I know," Lohan replies. "If only magazines and websites would have documented my activities more closely."
While Lohan would not comment on any of the material written for Saturday's show, she did confirm to The Today Show's Matt Lauer that the subject of her personal life is fair game as long as the comedy does not disrespect the Los Angeles court she is facing.
"Some of the things were acceptable, so we'll see if we can get them together and write them the right way," she said in a taped interview, which aired Tuesday. "I want to poke fun at myself."
Lohan's road to progress was halted in November when she admitted to violating her probation in two separate criminal cases. Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner gave the starlet jail time and placed her on the strict monthly schedule.
Things turned around Dec. 14, when Lohan was praised by Sautner for completing her community service early and for attending five psychotherapy sessions - one more than the court had ordered for her first report. Since then, Lohan has received nothing but praise from the judge.
"You seem to be getting your life back on track, and that's what we all hoped for," Sautner said Feb. 22 to Lohan.
If Lohan continues to make progress in March, her supervised probation will convert to non-reporting probation March 29.
Little else is known about Lohan's SNL appearance except for the fact that the actress publicly asked Jimmy Fallon to make a cameo while appearing on his show Thursday evening.
"I'll do anything for you if you want me to do it," Fallon said in reply.
During her interview with Fallon, Lohan implied that she is serious about getting her career back on track, as she recounted the relentless requests she made to show creator Lorne Michaels for a chance to return.
"And he was in LA. And you know Lorne, he's very like straight to the point. He's like, 'What about March 3? We'll do March 3,'" Lohan said. "And I was like, 'Oh, yeah? I'm free. I will make myself free, because it's so much fun there.'"
In addition to her SNL duties, Lohan has also inked a deal to play Elizabeth Taylor in a forthcoming Lifetime biopic, a role she said she is already heavily researching. She hopes the two projects will begin the slow process of regaining the industry's confidence in her.
"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," she told Lauer. "So being able to have this opportunity with SNL and the film, I'm going to do what I'm supposed to do and enjoy doing it and do it as best as I can."
Fallon boldly predicted that the starlet would win an Emmy Award for her performance.
"I think this is perfect for you," he said. "I think you're going to hit a homer with this."
Becoming an employed and award winning-actress is certainly what's on Lohan's mind. Lauer asked the former Disney star what she hoped they would be discussing five years from now.
"Hopefully I'll have just come from the Oscars this past weekend," she said, grinning.
In order to achieve these goals, Lohan says she has made big changes to her lifestyle. She told Lauer she has been clean and sober for "a long time" and has been avoiding the party scene.
"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 wasn't the same thing that it always was before," she said. "And it just wasn't fun for me. I've become more of a homebody. And I like that."
Lohan is also focusing on surrounding herself with people she can trust: her mom, sister, brothers and the "really great" group of people that she works with.
"I think that it gets very lonely in this industry, because you're constantly with people and then you're alone … I just allowed a lot of people to be around me at all times," she said. "And I don't think that they were necessarily there for the right reasons, and I wasn't concerned with that."
And finally, the actress isn't romantically involved with anyone.
"I want to focus on me. And I want to focus on my work. And that's another thing, actually, that in the past I didn't do. I think that I was more involved in my relationship if I was in one than in myself, and it became very co-dependent in a bad way," Lohan said. "And I lost track of - again - looking at myself in the mirror, because I was distracting myself. I've learned to love myself, and that's really important."
In the end, Lohan is glad that she made mistakes and learned from them early in her life, avoiding a career comeback at a later age. She is now just 25 years old.
"I regret the choices that I've made, but I'm grateful for where I am today, because of them," she said. "I don't need to see any more negative stuff. I don't need to put myself in those places anymore."
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