After years of being in the spotlight for her personal issues and not her work, Lindsay Lohan took the stage at NBC’s Studio 8H in New York this weekend as the host of “Saturday Night Live.”
The 25-year-old troubled actress has been attempting a comeback since winding up the sordid legal woes that have plagued her since 2007.
The legal troubles that derailed her acting career for much of the past five years became material for jokes, including charges stemming from the $2,500 theft of a necklace.
It had been six years since Lindsay Lohan hosted “SNL” and the actress looked both nervous and excited when she came out for her monologue dressed in a conservative, knee-length, royal blue dress with patterned blue sandals.
Check out Lohan’s three best moments from the “Saturday Night Live” show below. Did you think she did a good job as host or did she blow it?
The Opening Monologue
Lohan addressed her checkered past right off the bat. “Wait, so the alarm goes off if I leave the stage?” she said, referring to her house arrest while sirens sounded as she stepped off.
Cast members made cameos to share their well-wishes – but also jokingly made sure Lohan was sober and in control. “She’s clean,” announced Kristen Wiig after awkwardly frisking the actress post-hug.
Even Jimmy Fallon popped by to encourage Lohan – sort of. “If you can’t [host], Jon Hamm’s on backup,” he noted as the Mad Men star appeared in the audience.
In this hilarious send-up of the Real Housewives franchise, Lohan and the female cast members played exaggerated versions of Disney princesses Rapunzel, Cinderella, Snow White, Jasmine and Belle.
Wiig owned the sketch as an alcoholic Cinderella, but Lohan – playing Rapunzel – also had a few funny moments, including her hair-pulling fight with the comedienne. “Here’s your midnight, b––––!” screamed Lohan before knocking Wiig out.
In her bawdiest performance of the night, Lohan didn’t need to play a character – she played herself.
As a bandana-wearing prisoner who tries to scare three boys away from a life of crime, she poked fun at her own time in jail.
“First you hang out with all the mean girls and then you get accused of stealing a diamond necklace!” Lohan joked.
However, Lindsay Lohan’s overall performance was met with mixed reviews. Reaction on Twitter was less flattering than the “SNL” studio audience, who seemed supportive of Lohan’s self-deprecating turn as the good sport, reports Mashable.
Many Twitter users, including @drunkenough, tweeted about Lohan’s attempt to read cue cards. Meanwhile, others praised her comeback, noting that she looked healthier and happier than she has in recent years.
But Alec Baldwin, the man who holds the record for most frequent host of Saturday Night Live, came to her defense tweeting, “I think the time for bashing Lindsay Lohan has passed.”
Lohan was later spotted leaving the show’s afterparty. When asked about Lohan’s performance, “SNL” cast member Seth Meyers said: “She did great.” It was a sharp contrast to the last four years, when she’s been in and out of rehab, court and jail.
Last week, Lohan spoke of past regrets to “Today” host Matt Lauer. “I regret the choices that I’ve made, but I’m grateful for where I am today, because of them,” she said. “I don’t need to see any more negative stuff. I don’t need to put myself in those places any more.”
In January, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner praised the actress for completing all her required community service on time, saying: “Keep doing what you’re doing. You appear to be doing very well.” On February 22nd, Judge Sautner told her she seemed to be getting her life “back on track.”
Lohan is currently lined up to play the late Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime movie “Liz and Dick,” about Taylor’s romance with Richard Burton.
Lohan remains on informal probation for taking a $2,500 gold necklace from a Venice, Calif., jeweler without permission in January 2011.
/divIn January, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner praised the actress for completing all her required community service on time, saying: “Keep doing what you’re doing. You appear to be doing very well.” On February 22nd, Judge Sautner told her she seemed to be getting her life “back on track.”