“Then, I saw it,” she continues. “And she was like, ‘We have to make this a spectacular thing,’ and she did! But it wasn’t planned… we were just having fun and it became something. Then I saw Halloween costumes later, and it completely changed the whole perception of what dancing is!”
“I was like, how do I even do those steps? Because I was just dancing!” she says with a laugh. “I don’t even know exactly how I would do that!”
Speaking about the show, Lohan calls Beach Club “an opportunity” for her to course-correct from the path of her troubled past — one she hopes people will “please just leave me alone and just give me positive affirmations” for.
“This is a time for me to just show people that the past is the past and we’re only moving forward,” she explains, adding that her hard-partying ways are behind her so she can focus on managing a group of American hospitality experts working under her to help build a brand she can be proud of. “It was definitely a juxtaposed position that I was put in, and I really appreciate that and admire it because these kids also have their own issues they’re going through in those moments, and I got to have some insight and get to know these people.”
Part of that responsibility meant stepping into the role of a no-nonsense nurturer.
“Two of the girls that work with us had an argument over this guy. I said, ‘Look, we’re supposed to stick together; we’re women! You have a beautiful opportunity in life. You’re here for the right reasons, so you have to be friends with each other,’” Lohan says. “To actually hear a story from someone is something that we forget to do all the time. This show really explores other sides to people and how I can share my past with them [to] help them.”
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