11/16/2012 10:11 am ET

Lindsay Lohan On 'Good Morning America': Actress Talks Liz Taylor & Past Troubles (VIDEO)

Lindsay Lohan stopped by "Good Morning America" to discuss her role as Elizabeth Taylor in the new Lifetime movie "Liz & Dick," and it was awkward, to say the least.

The actress looked and sounded years older than the 26 she's lived. The raspy voice she's known for has only become deeper with time and the help of cigarettes. Lohan spoke to "GMA" host Amy Robach, telling her it was "nerve wracking" to portray an iconic figure like Elizabeth Taylor in the film.

"You can never actually be a clone of the person, so you have to bring some of yourself into it," she said when asked about the challenges she faced while playing Taylor. "And I was lucky enough because I do relate to Elizabeth Taylor in a lot of ways."

Robach agreed that there are parallels between the two actresses, who both shot to stardom in their youth, and both have had periods where their lives were out of control. Lohan's new publicist canceled an interview with Barbara Walters because she didn't like the probing questions that would be asked of Lohan, but there was no way Robach couldn't avoid asking Lohan about her troubles -- though the actress did her best to deflect such questions.

It seems as though Lohan's new publicist has spent time training Lohan on how to answer questions about her personal life, given her canned answers. The "Mean Girls" star said that she believes her career would have been different to a certain extent had she not been subject to such constant scrutiny, but there's a reason for everything:

"I think that everyone goes through things in life, and I like to learn from my mistakes, obviously. I wouldn't be who I am today if I hadn't gone through certain things and everything happens for a reason -- good or bad. So you can just take what you've learned from it and move forward," she explained.

But Lohan doesn't seem to learn from her mistakes -- she's made five trips to rehab, had multiple run-ins with the law, and the drama never seems to stop. Many would argue that her issues stem from her parents, who have done nothing but make excuses for her, or have tried to exploit their connection to her as much as possible.

Last month, the actress made headlines for a domestic dispute with her mother, in which she made a call to her father, telling him that her mother was on cocaine. While Lohan later publicly admitted that she was lying about her mother using drugs in order to hurt her in the heat of the fight, it's a perfect example of the Lohan-family dynamic.

Despite this, Lohan still says that her mother Dina is her rock and she turns to her and her younger siblings, Ali, Michael and Cody, when times are tough -- which if you are Lindsay Lohan, is often. And Robach pointed out that Lohan's family's dirty laundry is constantly aired in public -- just yesterday, a DNA test confirmed that her father, Michael, fathered a child with another woman in 1995. Though allegations that Lindsay had a half-sister first hit the news in 2008, the actress said it was the first she'd heard of it.

"I didn't even hear that, so thanks. I don't read the news. I don't pay attention to that," she said, and she wasn't eager to talk about how she copes with her family issues. "I don't really want to get into that. I want to stay on the positive side of things," she said.

Lohan is trying to move the focus from her personal life to her career, and wants nothing more than to be making films. The actress will next be seen in "The Caynons" starring opposite porn star James Deen, who is making his mainstream debut, and she says she's always looking for new projects.

"I'm reading scripts every day. I just want to keep calling my agents [to tell them] 'keep me on set,'" she said, adding "It's safer that way."

Yes it is Lindsay, it's safer for all of us.

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