Nearly a decade ago, Chris Pine was a virtually unknown actor who landed the role of Lindsay Lohan's love interest in the undeniable flop, "Just My Luck."
Much has changed for both stars in the years since the film premiered in 2006, and Pine's career is at an all-time high. Now, he recalls the absolute insanity of working with Lohan, who at 18 was commanding $7.5 million paychecks and was considered one of Hollywood's most promising young actresses.
"It was a real cyclone of insanity, like being around The Beatles," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "It was fascinating to watch, and in hindsight it's really a distinct moment in someone's life when you see what's really wonderful about what we get to do and what's really dangerous about it."
Before "Just My Luck," Pine's biggest role was in the 2004 film "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement," opposite Anne Hathaway. As crazy as it was, working with Lohan (who, if you believe her father, allegedly overdosed on cocaine at some point while shooting the film) proved valuable for Pine, who learned not to buy into your own hype.
"Hollywood is like living in a weird bubble," he explained to THR. "A bunch of people take care of you and get you stuff, and you're the center of that little microcosmic world. You start believing that it is real and … you deserve it."
Today, the fate of Lohan's career hangs in the balance. Her more recent co-stars and directors have expressed that just as much chaos surrounds her. Paul Schrader, who directed Lohan in the widely-panned 2012 film "The Canyons," called her a "train wreck" and sums up working with her in just a few words: "Tardiness, unpredictability, tantrums, absences, neediness, psychodrama."