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Lindsay Lohan On 'Today': Actress Talks Comeback, 'SNL'

Posted: 03/01/12 11:04 AM ET  |  Updated: 03/01/12 06:17 PM ET

Will Lindsay Lohan walk the red carpet at the 2017 Oscars? According to her, yes. Lohan's "Today Show" interview covered everything from her tumultuous few years to hosting this week's "Saturday Night Live" -- and the big comeback she hopes to have now that she has turned over a new leaf.

Lohan, 25, told Matt Lauer in her "Today Show" interview that she's wiser than she once was, attributing her newfound outlook on life to her past experiences, which have included drug busts, theft charges and jail time.

"I think it's this last kind of like whirlwind experiences I've gone through this last year and a half," she said. "I've kind of just taken a step back and and said, 'I'm not doing what I love to do,' and I need a way to kind of find that balance again."

Her last 'Today' appearance was in 2006, when she was 19 years old, and was promoting a slew of movies.

"I've been very quiet since then," she joked -- something viewers can expect more of on "SNL" -- but admits that she was in some serious denial about some of her personal issues at the time.

"I had to get that wake-up call," she said, adding that she's definitely made some changes in her life since her arrests-- she's reconsidered the people she surrounds herself with, for example.

"I think it gets very lonely in this industry, because you're constantly with people and then you're alone," she said. "So it's kind of [that] I just allowed a lot of people to be around me at all times, and I don't think they were necessarily there for the right reasons, and I wasn't concerned about that."

"I think I was being a bit ignorant toward the fact that maybe I should not go out all the time," she added. "Maybe I should rest, maybe I should start to grow up and take care of myself."

In previous excerpts of her interview, released earlier this week, Lohan said that these days she's more of a homebody than a party girl and that going out to clubs just isn't her thing anymore.

Talking about a comeback at the young age of 25, Lohan admits she's made mistakes, but is grateful to have learned from them.

"I regret the choices that I've made, but I'm grateful for where I am today," she told Lauer. "I don't need to see any more negative stuff. I don't need to put myself in those places anymore."

Later on "Today", Lohan talked about her upcoming "SNL" stint, and said she's game for anything, and that she's checked in with her attorney to make sure everything was okay -- she doesn't want to be disrespectful to her judge, after all, especially when she's so close to completing her probation.

For now, Lohan just wants to focus on her work, including "SNL" and her upcoming role as Elizabeth Taylor in a Lifetime movie.

"I'm really honored," Lohan said of the Taylor role. "I will not let anyone down, especially myself."

Today, Lohan knows how lucky she is to be getting movie offers at all, especially after having her former indiscretions played out in tabloids and online.

"I could see where it could be scary for people to invest in me and I don't want people to have that reason to be scared anymore," she said.

By letting go of her past, including her former relationship with DJ Samantha Ronson, Lohan is hoping to start fresh and not fall into her old habits, which means she's not looking for love at the moment.

"I really want to focus on my work right now," she said. "I really do, and that's the first time ever in my life that I've said that."

For more from Lohan, including a comparison of her 2007 and 2012 interviews, head over to "Today."

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    Lindsay Lohan attends the 2012 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner held at the Washington Hilton on April 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. This was the 98th annual dinner and was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. (Photo by Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images)

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    Lindsay Lohan attends the 98th Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

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    Actress Lindsay Lohan attends day 3 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 15, 2012 in Indio, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella)

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    Lindsay Lohan attends her probation hearing with attorney Shawn Chapman Holley (not pictured) at the Airport Courthouse on March 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Judge Stephanie Sautner ended Lohan's formal probation after concluding that she has completed the terms of her sentence for her 2007 DUI conviction and probation violations. Lohan is now on informal probation until May 2014 for her 2011 Venice, California jewelry theft conviction. (Photo by Joe Klamer-Pool/Getty Images)

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    Actress Lindsay Lohan attends a probation progress report hearing at Superior Court in Los Angeles, California, March 29, 2012. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner decided to take Lohan off probation from a 2007 drunken driving case. Sautner also decided that Lohan will no longer have to meet with a probation officer or appear in court on her 2011 shoplifting case, as long as she obeys all laws through May 2014. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Actress Lindsay Lohan attends Domingo Zapata's Oscar Art Show Presented by Mr. C Beverly Hills on February 22, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Getty)

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    Lindsay Lohan leaves the Airport Courthouse after her probation update hearing on February 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Lohan is currently performing 480 hours of community service at the Los Angeles County Coroner's office and attending court ordered psychotherapy sessions stemming from a 2007 drunk-driving conviction and a jewelry theft conviction earlier this year. (Getty)

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