On Lindsay Lohan's last landmark birthday, her 21st, she celebrated the day quietly — in one of her many trips to rehab. Nine years and many dramatic headlines later, things are looking a whole lot different for the onetime celebrity train wreck as she turns 30.
"I have learned a lot over time. I am in a wonderful place in life and look forward to the near and far future and projects that I am working on," the July 2 birthday girl told Vanity Fair via email from London, which she's been calling home since late 2014.
She said she'll celebrate the big day in Greece, with family and friends.
What a difference a decade makes? Ten years back, Lohan was still riding her "Mean Girls" role and raising a toast to the beginning of her tabloid-friendly period.
"I wouldn't call things regrets, per se," she told the magazine. "I can't turn back time. But if I could, I would have listened more to my mother and gone back home to N.Y.C. earlier in life and chosen my friends more wisely."
In early July 2007, when she finally hit the legal drinking age, Lohan was a veteran of AA meetings and doing a stint at Promises in Malibu. Three weeks later, after a brief car chase in Santa Monica, she was arrested on suspicion of DUI for the second time that year.
She wouldn't be off formal probation for almost five years, with time added for violating probation with a jewelry theft in 2011, but even that respite in March 2012 was short-lived. In July of that year, she got into a wreck on Pacific Coast Highway and, after cutting a plea deal in March 2013 on charges of reckless driving and lying to the police, she was back on probation, with months' more rehab thrown in the mix.
Her community-service drama would continue until May 2015, well after her OWN network docu-series aired and she had her stage debut in London, taking on "Speed-the-Plow."
In London, she told Vanity Fair, she's writing a book, making more movies, starting a charity, working with children a lot and thinking about maybe having some kids of her own. Did we forget spending time with someone special? That'd be 23-year-old beau Egor Tarabasov, who stands to inherit a Russian business empire.
Her coming birthday is different because she is "actually celebrating it," she said. "I thought I would be hiding when I realized I was turning 30! It's different because the way I live my life is different, which I am very grateful for."