'I'm no saint,' admits Hollywood wild child Lindsay Lohan
The role appealed to Lohan because of her affinity with the movie legend. "Elizabeth Taylor wasn't afraid to be a woman and she was strong willed," she explains. "She wasn't afraid to be herself, she went through a lot and I can say the same for myself."
The actor's open about why so many celebrities - herself and Taylor included - seem unable to avoid a life of excess. "There are things you experience when you reach a certain level of fame, and people are willing to do whatever you ask them to do," she reflects.
"I think excess comes from that; a lot of people are afraid to say no to you. If you don't have the right people around you, you're never going to learn when to stop. I was there at one point. I didn't know what else to do and I didn't take the time to listen enough. I've learnt a lot, and I'm lucky, but that's not to say I'm a saint now, either."
Both Lohan and Taylor were former child stars who eventually checked into the Betty Ford Center for drug and alcohol abuse. The problem-plagued actors also have in common their share of turbulent and tabloid-worthy romances.