Before Lindsay Lohan's current court-ordered stay in rehab following her release from jail earlier this week, the actress sat down with Maxim magazine, just days before entering Lynwood Detention Facility.
Appearing on the magazine's cover in a black-and-white-striped bikini, the starlet opened up about her personal life. "I am feeling strong. I've experienced a lot in my life, and my mom has given me a lot of faith. This too shall pass," Lohan said.
The actress added that her goal for the coming year is "to focus on myself and my work, and to move all press on me to focus on the work I do."
Lohan, who also appears in the magazine in a black bra and underwear with her SCRAM bracelet on, plans to get to work on her Linda Lovelace biopic, "Inferno," sometime after she completes her 90-day rehab stint. She explained, "I don't really want to discuss anything until I am on set. ... I need some secrets. [My inspiration is] sex appeal and sensuality ... without trying too hard. I feel that women have such power with their bodies alone."
Lohan's next film, Robert Rodriguez's "Machete," will hit theaters in September. "We filmed in Texas, and it was such a great, fulfilling experience. I play April, Jeff Fahey's daughter, who is up against Robert De Niro," she said. "April is clever and witty and aspires to model. I get to kick ass. It was a whole new experience for me on a set. I want to do more action films!
"We all had different work schedules, but I know Jessica [Alba], and I think she's a lovely, sweet girl, and hopefully we can do more work together," she added. "I love Michelle [Rodriguez] — she's so talented and kickass!"
The actress, now 24, admits that the chaos surrounding her lately is "another year in a lifetime of living and learning."
Lindsay's words of wisdom? "Stay true to yourself always. At the end of the day, you have to look at yourself in the mirror and be content with the choices you've made, and will make, in your life," she said of the lessons she's learned. "Go with your gut!"