NEW YORK - The idea of Lindsay Lohan appearing on "Letterman," with not much to promote but her recent plea deal, initially caused some to think it was another April Fool's joke. (She did try to pull a pregnancy prank, after all.)
But no, the Lohan appearance was really on the schedule, and the 26-year-old actress showed up Tuesday night as planned - even early! This being David Letterman, he didn't waste any time fooling with nonsense questions.
"You look remarkably well," he told her, as he went on to read from a list of jokes he's made about her in the past, some true and some not. Lohan, for the duration of the interview, tried to match Letterman's cool attitude, joking along with him when he asked if she "routinely goes around grabbing stuff."
"Aren't you supposed to be in rehab?" he asked, but Lohan held her ground. "Do you not watch anything that goes on? May 2," she responded, adding that she'll be in for a three-month stint. As for how many times she's been, the actress just leaves it at "several."
That's when Letterman, according to the actress, went off-road from what had been discussed in the pre-interview.
"He wanted to know what I think to be honest I'm happiest when I'm working and healthiest, and I think this is an opportunity for me to focus on what I love in life. I don't think it's a bad thing, I think it's a blessing."
But when Letterman pressed on, asking pointedly about what she's being treated for and showing her a list of things she's endured, Lohan stopped trying to squirm out of responding by reminding him that she was there promoting "Scary Movie 5."
"I thought you were going to be nice!" she said, looking over his list of topics, pausing on the question of why she's always in trouble.
"I don't know, I couldn't answer that," Lohan said. "I'm a target, I've always been. ... I take full responsibility for it, and it wasn't funny, and I was being immature, and I was going through a phase and I had a lot of family stuff going on and things in life, and you grow up and you mature. And I've said that a million times, and I know that, but what else am I supposed to say when it's a process of life? I'm not trying to deny anything or any situation that I've been in."
Although she said she's fine with making light of herself, by the end of the interview, Lohan was tearing up.
"We never thought we'd see you again, honestly, because of the jokes and stuff," Letterman told her. "But you have enough spine, enough sense of yourself, enough poise to come out here and talk to me."
Lohan's movie with Charlie Sheen, "Scary Movie 5," opens Friday.