Lindsay Lohan Tells Oprah She's Not a Party Girl
11/07/2006 AT 02:15 PM EST
Asked by Winfrey if she deserves her reputation, Lohan replies, "No. I mean, I've been acting my whole life. And this is what I love to do. And I'm very lucky and blessed to be able to do that."
Not that she doesn't like to have a good time. "I'm 20 years old," she says. "Is it a crime to go … dancing with your friends? I have a life and I have my family and I have work and I have those three things."
On the show to promote her new movie, Bobby, about Robert F. Kennedy, Lohan gets kudos for her off-screen behavior from her director, Emilio Estevez – who says she's "extraordinary" in her role as a young woman who marries a classmate so that he can avoid being drafted to Vietnam.
"The media likes to focus on (the negative) because it sells," Estevez says of reports about Lohan. "And the fact of the matter is I'd rather have them focus on how extraordinary she is in this film and how dedicated and how passionate she is in this role. You see a young actress mature on film and you see her do, I think, the best work of her life."
Lohan recently told InStyle she hopes to have a husband, a home and an Oscar under her belt by age 30, but admits to Winfrey, "That is a lot of pressure." Still, she adds: "I'd like to. I'm setting extreme standards for myself."