Lindsay Lohan is watching who Lindsay Lohan has become. While it doesn’t take most to hook up with Oprah Winfrey to invest in a reality show to get a reflection of who they are, it reportedly is exactly what Lohan needed. The average person tends to have family, good friends and co-workers surrounding them to let them know when they are out of line or on a road to self-destruction. Unfortunately for many Hollywood young stars privileged to have a glam squad, agents, managers, “Hollywood” friends, accountants, and family on pay-roll, very few are blessed with real people who genuinely care if they live or die.
Lohan agreed to do a documentary series (reality show) on Oprah Winfrey’s network OWN titled Lindsay. Winfrey invested a reported $2 million in Lohan hoping the show would help the young actress from spiraling further into destruction. Lohan was steadily becoming known for her police arrests, court dates, drinking, drugs, and money issues more so than her body of work as an actress. If anyone can remember such films as Mean Girls, Freaky Friday, The Parent Trap, and the list continues, they would ask what happened to that girl as they compare the talented, glamorous starlet on the screen to the Lohan they see today looking empty and drugged out sitting before a judge.
Apparently, Lohan had no idea how she was coming across to the world. Or maybe she was too numb to care what the world thought of her. What was more important to Winfrey was that Lohan got a grip on herself. Lohan was reported giving the OWN production crew a hard time during taping. She reportedly did not want to become a reality show like the Kardashians stating that is not who she is. While Kris Jenner and her daughters Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe Kardashian may be over exposed in terms of reality television, no one can argue that the family is quite strategic and in control of their business ventures. Lohan, however, cannot say the same. Winfrey, documented billionaire who understands the game of strategy and being in control, sat with Lohan and had a real conversation with the young actress telling her to cut the crap and to look at herself. Lohan, holding back tears, took the words in. She began watching herself on television realizing whom she thought Lindsay Lohan was…actually was far from what was real. Lohan finally saw herself, not as a character reciting lines from a script, but as herself.
Michael Jackson sung a song about a man who wanted to change things. The lyrics state that change starts with the man in the mirror. Though Lohan was rebelling against becoming another drama filled, cheesy reality show, she might very well be one of the few reality stars who not only received a hefty paycheck agreeing to be exposed, but she experienced major personal growth that could possibly save her spiritually, mentally, and socially.
As Winfrey continues to travel around the world making dreams come true for those who have lost faith and giving wisdom and guidance to any and everyone no matter what cultural or economical back ground, she has proven once again that all anyone needs is for someone to show that they care. With all of the people surrounding Lohan…maybe just a little caring was all Lindsay Lohan needed to see herself.
Opinion by Meleika Gardner