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Lindsay Lohan played a rebellious teen-turned-overworked doctor in "Freaky Friday" and transatlantic twins in "The Parent Trap." How can the six-year screen veteran pull off playing a wannabe actress in "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen"? It's all about finding common ground. MTV News' Vanessa White Wolf sat down with Lohan, who shared insights on her latest movie as well as her plans for edgier film roles and a possible recording career.

MTV: Your character, Lola, basically wants to be Lindsay Lohan. Could you relate at all?

Lindsay Lohan: I think everyone can relate, especially me, 'cause I've been in high school and I've had to deal with it. I've had to change schools. It's that much harder if you want to be an actress and you have to go through that, leave school and come back and that kind of thing. I can definitely relate to her.

 'Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen' photos
MTV: What about this script drew you in?

Lohan: I just think it's a really fun script. It's a really cute message, kind of a "believe in yourself" type of thing. It's very relatable, and I think that's important at my age with my audience. I'd like to stick with my audience for as long as I can, 'cause when you go forward, you can't really go back. If I can do something that's positive for younger kids — even girls my age — that's cute and fun, I might as well do it while I can.

MTV: Did you read the novel "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen"?

Lohan: I did. I read part of the book. The thing was, I didn't want to read the book because I didn't want to go based on the book — when the script might have been completely different — because I hadn't read the script yet. Once I had read the script, I went back and read part of the book. They're very similar. They even have some of the same voiceovers.

MTV: Tell us about shooting the fantasy scenes.

Lohan: I just kind of let go on it. I didn't even realize that they were fantasy sequences. I didn't put two and two together, so when we were shooting them, it was just fun to get all dolled up and dress like Marilyn Monroe and stuff. It is for a little bit of a younger audience, so it makes sense for it to have fantasy sequences. That's always fun to see in movies. All of the costume changes were fun, so it worked.

MTV: Will you stay with comedies?

Lohan: I want to branch out and find edgier stuff, but I just don't think now is the right time. It matters, the material. I have to find the right script before I do anything just to do it. I'm not going to be taking my clothes off in a film anytime soon. I don't think that's necessary. But I think it'll come eventually. I just don't want to rush it.

MTV: Like "Freaky Friday," "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" involves a lot of music. Do you purposely choose music-based roles?

 Movie clip:
Lola does "Eliza Rocks"
Lohan: It's not really the type of music that I'm going to personally do, if I pursue that. I'm going to try and keep it separate. It was just that in the script, the character sings. I don't think it's a bad thing. Subconsciously, people can accept me as a singer, in a way, but I don't know if it's something that's going to happen in every movie that I do. It was just something that was in the script. I liked the script, so I was like, "Just because she sings, it's not going to stop me."

MTV: Are you planning a music career?

Lohan: I'm kind of just meeting with people and feeling it out. I'm not going to jump into anything, because I'm busy working with other stuff. I'm looking for other scripts right now, so I don't want to jump into it. I think the music industry is all about timing. I want to wait until I'm older, so if I do want to act a certain way or sing certain lyrics and stuff, it's age appropriate, not like, "What is she doing at 17 singing that?" With timing, hopefully it'll all work out. We'll see what happens.

MTV: "Mean Girls" is your next film. What is it about?

 "It's kind of like 'Heathers,' in a way, except there's no killing ..."
Lohan: "Mean Girls" is basically about a girl whose parents travel around ... I don't want people to think it's the same thing as this where she's moving schools, she's never been to school, and she has no idea what cliques are or what the social scene is like. She comes to this school, meets these two kids who are really nice to her, and meets this other group of girls who are the mean girls. They control the school. She becomes one of them, falls into the wrong crowd, becomes a mean girl and loses friends in the process. It's kind of like "Heathers," in a way, except there's no killing in it or anything. It's a fun movie, really cool; it's kind of like dark comedy.

I'm really excited for it. It's a little different than this, a little bit older, a little more mature than this. I think it's time for me to do that kind of thing. Just the fact that Tina Fey wrote it and we have a bunch of "Saturday Night Live" people in it ... was really cool. They're so funny and they bring so much to the script and so much to the characters. It's so amazing to be around them.

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