IF YOU think you recognise one of La La Land’s hardest-partying young stars striding along the wilder streets of Hackney, you may be correct.
At 28, she is finding some redemption at a charity-run café, where she likes to think she is just another volunteer.
To the surprise of friends, and gossip columnists, the New York-born Lohan left Los Angeles to move to London and gave a passable account of herself in Speed-the-Plow, not missing a single night in the West End’s Playhouse Theatre.
Some first-nighters criticised her for over-reliance on prompts but some critics enjoyed her performance. One thought she was “possibly the best thing” in the play.
Lohan says she is so relieved to be away from the pressure that comes with celebrity in America, where people have “certain perceptions” of her, that she wants to rent in London, where she is living in a Soho flat, for another year.
As she muses on whether to do another play in the West End, she continues to commute to the Red Route Café, which tries to help young people into work.
The star, who also dabbles, with some success, in pop music and fashion, told a national newspaper that the youngsters at the Clapton café treat her as they would anyone.
“That,” she told an interviewer, “is so cool for me. In the past I got used to meeting people who would seem like genuine people but often they would have other intentions.”
Not so cool is an illness she contracted in French Polynesia that this month necessitated a trip to hospital in London.
Hamish Scott 210115
* Red Route Café, 24 Lower Clapton Road E5 0PD (020 8510 4900)
* Emboldened underscored words in most cases indicate a hyperlink, a reader service rare among websites. If a link does not work, it is probably because the site to which the URL refers has not been maintained. Thanks to Wikipedia for the Lohan pic.