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Lindsay Lohan vs. Scarlett Johansson

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What do young starlets and media magnets Lindsay Lohan and Scarlett Johansson have in common? A lot and not much.

Both are husky-voiced beauties filled with talent and potential well on their way to major movie careers; both grew up in New York; both started acting in their tweens, have displayed versatility and appealing personalities hosting Saturday Night Live, and are still quite young: Lohan 19, Johansson, 21. Both dated actor and 30 Seconds to Mars singer Jared Leto. This is about where the similarities end.

Before Lohan became tabloid fodder, she was a fresh-faced, girl-next-door type, best known for her dual role as twins in the remake of The Parent Trap: likable, sweet and endearing. In just eight short years, Lindsay Lohan has transformed herself from likable to loathable. In an attempt to capitalize on her fame, she has also dabbled in pop music.

In a case of too much too soon, she has become as famous for her off-screen exploits as for her celluloid or musical presence: exploits that include drug use, public nudity, revolving-door boyfriends, cat fighting, alarming weight-loss, trying to bed famous actors twice her age, and generally bizarre behavior many suspect could be the result of an out-of-control cocaine habit.

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Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay can be an extremely effective actress: delivering, for example, an inspired and convincing performance in the critically acclaimed film Mean Girls . In the movie, derived from the book Queenbees and Wannabees and scripted by SNL head writer Tina Fey, Lohan plays an outcast turned popular girl. Interestingly, Lohan’s transformation in the film in many ways parallels her off-screen backwards evolution in real life.

Scarlett Johansson, on the other hand is steady and composed. She embraces her curvy and natural body while projecting confidence and maturity well beyond her years. Described as grounded and serene, Scarlett is best known for her role as the object of the avuncular affections of the great Bill Murray in Lost in Translation. Private and graceful, Johansson shuns the paparazzi, speaking out against how intrusive and dangerous their pursuit of stars can be.

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Scarlett Johansson

On body image, Scarlett has this to say: “Everyone in Hollywood is so damn skinny, and you constantly feel like you’re not skinny enough. But I have ‘fat days’ and I accept that I’m never going to be rail thin. I try not to let the pressure get to me but Los Angeles is a very hard place to be unless you have people here that love you. It can be very, very lonely and it can eat you up if you don’t take care of yourself.”

On the contrary, Lohan admits to taking the unhealthy way out of weight gain, when she admitted to Vanity Fair that she was “making herself sick.” “I knew I had a problem and I couldn’t admit it.” So much so, that she accused Vanity Fair of misconstruing her words.

Both actresses have had experiences with illicit drugs, but from very different perspectives. In the same Vanity Fair interview — one Lindsay probably wishes she hadn’t done — she admits to “a little” drug use and waffles on whether that included cocaine: “I don’t want people to think that I’ve done…you know what I mean?”

No, I can’t say as I do.

Scarlett has a very different view on drug use. In an interview with Cosmopolitan, she talks about an ex-love who could never be trusted and she always felt a distant second to his love for drugs. “It was horrible. I won’t allow myself to get involved with someone like that again because you’re never as important as the drug. You can’t trust them, and you never know where they are. They lie. Every time they blow their nose, you’re like, ‘Hmmm.'”

Sounds like sage words on love and addiction.

When it comes to their love life, Johansson — currently dating fellow actor Josh Harnett — is much more realistic about the limitations of dating in her line of work. She even suggests that monogamy is unrealistic. “I don’t think human beings are monogamous by nature. It’s difficult – you have to put a lot of effort into a relationship. I think it’s hard for actors to date each other because they are so damn moody. You are away from people constantly and having a relationship that is strictly by phone, it is miserable. Or if you say to him/her, ‘Hey, (even though) I am doing a very sexy scene with this very sexy girl/boy, I love you and I’m going to be thinking of you when I am rolling around in bed with this person!'”

Lohan just chooses to date relentlessly and recklessly, demonstrating her views on monogamy.

In all fairness, Lindsay hasn’t had the easiest life. Her parents are both doing a mad grab to control Lindsay’s money and career and in the process have subjected her and her siblings to a nasty divorce. Her father, currently serving time in jail for drunk driving and assault charges has been a very volatile influence on the Lohan family – not to mention the overall difficulties of growing up before the camera.

I can certainly feel sympathy for Lindsay, she’s young and bound to make mistakes. But like Scarlett, she is an adult now and needs to make better choices.

Lohan has lashed out at the press and the world at large for not taking her seriously. She has expressed anger that fellow actresses Keira Knightley and Scarlett, both just two years older than Lohan, have gained respect for their work while she’s become a tabloid regular for her late nights and overactive love life.

“It’s hard for me to have to watch that. I work just as hard as those people and sometimes [the media] make it seem that they’re more mature because their fan base is more mature and my fan base is younger,” she said.

One cannot use their “young fan base” as an excuse for not being taken seriously and then offend that same fan base by setting a poor example.

If Lindsay hopes to attain the respect she longs for before her star power extinguishes, she needs to take a good hard look at herself and her behavior. With the new movie coming out, Prarie Home Companion, where she shares a billing with such powerhouses like Meryl Streep, she has an opportunity to make a positive impact on her image.

Taking a page from the Scarlett Johansson book, slow and steady will win the race; unless, of course, Lohan wants to end up coked up, burned out, and faded away before she’s old enough to rent a car.

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  • http://www.markiscranky.org Mark Saleski

    thanks dawn. now i’m supposed to get work done after viewing those photos?

  • http://blogcritics.org/author.php?author=Casey%20Lunkley Casey Lunkley

    I don’t like either of them, especially since, somehow, Scarlett Johansson still gives off the image of being classy, even after posing nude on a magazine cover.

  • Steve C.

    I can’t help it. I find it difficult to accept that Lindsay goddamn Lohan is in Robert Altman’s new movie. That’s just too much cognitive dissonance for one head. Then again, I also believe that Mean Girls is an overrated hunk of poop. So your mileage may vary.

  • Dawn

    Nothing wrong with posing nude, at least Scarlett got paid for it, Lindsay seems to do it for free due to seemingly “drug-induced” goofiness.

    I generally like both as actresses – I just think Scarlett is making some very smart choices and using her head to make her way in a very exploitive like of work.

  • Eric Olsen

    I like them both also, but hope Lindsay can get hold of her personal problems

  • Bliffle

    Scarlett is a great beauty and should not lose even one pound of weight.

  • Dawn

    Hey Casey, where did Scarlett pose nude anyway – I like to see those pictures.

  • http://www.moviesteve.blogspot.com Steve C.

    It was on the cover of Vanity Fair. Her and Keira Knightley. Lots of skin, little naughty-bit nudity. Though there was a great angle on Scarlett’s amazing alabaster ass.

  • http://blogcritics.org/author.php?author=Casey%20Lunkley Casey Lunkley

    That whole Vanity Fair thing had more controversy from who refused to do the nudity (Rachel McAdams) than the ones who actually participated in the nude scene.

    A little ironic.

  • http://gohah.blogspot.com Gordon Hauptfleisch

    Great article as always, Dawn, but it was also worth it, in some bizzarro-world way, to see the linked headline “Lindsay Lohan Is Beginning to Frighten The Children.” What was she thinking? It was the “Kid’s Choice Awards”!

  • reggie von woic

    What? Nothing about Scarletts bust?
    I’m sure you’re all just holding back.

  • Dawn

    Her bust rules, what more can I add?

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com Mark Bellinghaus

    Thank you Dawn, for your article that was so well seasoned with two sexy and hot starlets that can make any pill called Viagra or Cialis just unneccessary!
    If Lindsay can learn how to drive under the influence and and escape those hunting her paparazzis, she will be much saver! And why do these wonderful young starlets become so ridiculous skinny?
    Scarlet has the Monroe-figure and the sexappeal as well. She knows how to work it and she is in my opinion the BEST thing that Hollywood has seen in a long run. And just like Marilyn Monroe–she was overseen twice by the Accademy for her great performances.
    Of course I’d go out with both–even together, I know some clubs on Sunset that would be fun for that. lol
    Regarding Jared Leto: Who has NOT dated him. Even my former roommate, a super sexy gorgeous blonde Candian girl told me that she saw JL, I did not believe her, until she played me his message from her answering machine.
    I always thought he was dating “Alexander” (just kidding) Weird HOLLYWOOD!
    Scarlet, if you happen to see this–I am available and you may wear some real Marilyn Monroe dress on our date!
    You’d look so stunning in it. But better without it of course.

  • Eric Olsen

    spicey rack indeed

  • http://www.iamcorrect.com Lono

    what more need be said than Dawn’s comment #12? My work here is done

  • http://breathoffreshink.com Chris Evans

    Great article, Dawn.

    I personally like both actresses, but prefer Lindsay. I kind of see Scarlett as more of a Kate Winslet and Lindsay as more of a Julia Roberts.

    Lindsay has this charisma that makes her lovable (on screen, that is), and like you said, Scarlett’s slow and steady but effective style is great as well.

    I’d really like Lindsay to start getting more respect in the industry, but I have to say, a lot of it is her own fault. Her image started plummeting when she lost weight and dyed her hair, and has continued to stay down with constant news of feuds, drugs, and promiscuity.

    She needs to clean up her act.

    But I think with the new movies she’s doing, she’s gonna gain some more adult fans.

  • Dawn

    Well, Lindsay is only 19, if anyone has a chance to clean up their act, it’s her.

  • http://jpsgoddamnblog.blogspot.com JP

    Personally, I see a lot more talent in Scarlett, and that’s partly because she attempts to keep the focus there instead of on her off screen behavior.

  • http://breathoffreshink.com Chris Evans

    But someone’s off-screen behavior doesn’t necessarily reflect their talent in any way, really.

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com Mark Bellinghaus

    Absolutely TRUE. Look at Courney Love. lol
    She was brilliant in “People VS. Larry Flint”!

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com Mark Bellinghaus

    Courtney, sorry.

  • Dawn

    Mark, you’re totally right about Courtney, although it only supports my theory that some artists are at their best playing characters that most closely resemble their real life personality: junkie whore in her case.

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    I know one difference between them — Scarlet Johansson is gorgeous.

  • may

    before im such a fan of lindsay and scarlet until now…they’re both gorgeous but im starting to doubt lindsay..because if she’ll continue her dirty act..surely there’s no good thing coming back to her..and she might even lose her career…o scarlet..you rock!

  • http://jeliel3.blogspot.com JELIEL³

    Comparing The Goddess to that pop-tart is heresy (Can you tell I’m biased?) Great Article.

  • Dawn

    Phillip – yes, almost disturbingly so. Does your wife know of this love?

  • http://blog.myspace.com/manonmaru Manon Maru

    Why do we continue to care about stuff like this…hasn’t it been going on since Mackenzie Phillips and co.?

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com Mark Bellinghaus

    Dawn–why is it that wifes and mothers are jealous of these starlets that we men dig?!
    I mean, I called up my mom in Germany for mother’s day and guess what one of her first questions was? She said did you visit Marilyn already? like she always was jealous that I would spend so much time in reading about MM and collecting and things. And if Phillip likes Scarlett as much as I do, well then we might got a problem here, as I definetely would chose Scarlett over Lindsay. I mean the Herbie-driver is cool, but I would be afraid one day I would not recognize her anymore–she is getting thinner than the Olson twins and the hair color changes with the names of the month’! lol
    So–Phillip: the logical answer is a duell! You chose the weapon, and we meet at 5 AM to fight over Scarlett. LOL (That was just a J-O-K-E of course!!!)
    You wanna see an early Scarlett–before her sexapeal took over? Watch that weird spider movie, that came out a couple of years ago. Forgot that name. But it is pretty freaky.
    But Scarlett hair is still dark blond/brown.
    Many of my friends are crazy for Lindsay though.
    That’s cool and when I drive by the famous “Ivy” restaurant and see an army of paparazies outside that that noble restaurant–waiting for their object of desire to finish and leave the place–I know it most be Lindsay or Scarlett in there, or maybe both?
    Maybe it is the little Cruise kiddo–running away from their Scientology parents and having a pudding for 16 bucks? Who knows…but to all mothers out there: HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! ;~)

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com Mark Bellinghaus

    Hey Manon Maru! Cool music on your URL and your website is a trip on it’s own! Can you share who did that music? I felt like drifting through time and space. Oh my early years when I discovered trance are so distant.
    To answer your question: I agree–GOSSIP is dirt! But look at most homes–they are filthy! Filled with dirty GOSSIP. Greetings from Angelina&Brad and that poor thing that will be light shy due to the heavy flashes it is going to be scared off this earth with and into lifelong hiding–or it is going to be a mega success, wonder if it’s mother’s heavy plastic surgery is needed. I mean can you imagine that sweet Baby must have lips to it’s eyes..

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com Mark Bellinghaus

    Thanks again Dawn, I had such a sweet dream of both of them. OMG–that would be such a cool movie. lol So much beauty–it would not be possible to sit still.

  • Dawn

    Hey, Mark you’re welcome. Glad to bring some joy to your world.

  • http://breathoffreshink.com Chris Evans

    Aww. Just My Luck bombed. :(

    Oh well, there’s always A Prairie Home Companion and Bobby.

  • billybob

    Scarlet over Lindsay. Scarlett has some solid DSL, and Lindsay at times looks good but too much hair dying. Also Scarlett looks damn good in Good Company

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com Mark Bellinghaus

    I agree and even though Scarlett is dying her hair, but who would look at her hair anyhow? lol

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  • PBR

    Scarlett’s good attitude and steadiness will help her flourish more in her acting career. Lindsay on the other hand, needs to grow up. If she wants the media to take her more seriously then maybe she should back off with the cat fights, drugging, hard partying. She also needs to keep her mouth shut and stop insulting other actresses just to boost up her insecure ego. In this case, I go for Scarlett, since she’s matured and more talented

  • http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/04/20020410-4.html Serg G.

    Hello dear Mr. Grover!
    What do you think that Scarlett Johansson (actress) actually is a clone from original person, which has nothing with acting career. That clone was created illegally using stolen biological material. Original person is very nice (not damn sexy), most important – CHRISTIAN young lady!
    I’ll tell you guys more, that clones (it’s not only one) made in GERMANY – world leader manufacturer of humans clones, to be more specific, it is in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, North Bavaria, Mr. Helmut Kohl home town. You can not even imaging the scale of the cloning activity. But warning! Helmut Kohl clone staff 100% controlling all their clones spreading around the world, they are very accurate with that, some of them are still NAZI type disciplined and mind controlled clones, so be careful get close with clones you will be controlled as well. Think wise..
    Thank you!
    Her close friend Sergei G.
    H.R. 534, the Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2003, was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives on February 5, 2003. After discussion, it was passed on February 27 by a vote of 241-155. It now moves on to the Senate for consideration. This bill makes it unlawful for any person or entity to perform or participate in human cloning, or to ship or receive embryos produced by human cloning. The penalties are imprisonment of up to 10 years and fines of $1 million or more.

  • jason

    scarllets soo averge and plian. at leat lindsay knows how to have to have a good like mst 19 year olds scarletts so boring no scandel no nothing thats dull.

  • kate

    i thnik lindsay is great!she looked better with her curves and red hair plus shes wilder then scarlettif anyone was to feel lindsays boob shesd punch them. lindsay is more pretty then scarlett and has more spirit in her. scarltts to boring and submissive

  • ben

    lindsay is far more prettier then scarlet scareltts plain and averege . if she had small boobs and if she was skinny she woundt be notived. her face is not beautiful at all! lindsay has her bad moments but who doesnt no ones perfact not even scarelt.

  • john

    scarletts extremly overated . i think she trys too hard to be “miss perfact”. at least lindsays herself and not trying be like marlyn monroe. scalet cant be herself she has to copy marlin monroe in her pose. lindsay is more contrversiol

  • ross

    scarlett looks so boring! she doesnt do anything 4 me at all.i much prefer lindsay but i hope shell grow up a bit! i love redheads so sexy and firey! not to mention her husky voice. scarlet has depp voice not so much a husky vioce.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry folks, but Lindsay Lohan is OVER in Hollywood. There is just too much good talent in this town to merit Lindsay any “comebacks.” The girl is played out and has ruined her career. Sorry, but it’s true. “Snooze, ya lose.”

  • steve

    i dont think lindsay is oever yet! come on shes only 19!!she has her whole movie carereer in front of her. its not as if shes a washed up 50 year old!!lindsay has a lot of talanet its just her offscreen antics thats made her go downhill not her acting.scarett is ” too nice”. shes so fake.

  • glen

    yeah i hate the way scar trys to pull off the “classy” look when shes not classy!! shes just a marlin monroe or charlize throen wannabe. i cant stand her!! i much prefer lindsay

  • http://yahoo.com Serg G.

    Hey guys!
    What do you think that Scarlett Johansson (actress) actually is a clone from original person, who has nothing with acting career. That clone was created illegally using stolen biological material. Original person is very nice (not damn sexy), most important – CHRISTIAN young lady!
    I’ll tell you guys more, that clones (it’s not only one) made in GERMANY – world leader manufacturer of humans clones, to be more specific, it is in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, North Bavaria, Mr. Helmut Kohl home town. You can not even imaging the scale of the cloning activity. But warning! Helmut Kohl clone staff 100% controlling all their clones spreading around the world. They all mind controlled, so be careful get close with those clones you will be controlled as well. Think wise..
    Thank you!
    Her close friend Sergei G.
    H.R. 534, the Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2003, was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives on February 5, 2003. After discussion, it was passed on February 27 by a vote of 241-155. It now moves on to the Senate for consideration. This bill makes it unlawful for any person or entity to perform or participate in human cloning, or to ship or receive embryos produced by human cloning. The penalties are imprisonment of up to 10 years and fines of $1 million or more.

  • M???????

    what i think of lindsey:

    if she stays on the legal side of wild who cares what she does shes an adult just dont do movies for kids that will look up to u and copy the bad stuff

    what i think of scarlett:

    tis tis

    what i think of people that dig up dirt on others:

    they should mind there own its not there life if they are cocerned for the kids or what eve dont make all there dirt public afterall it doesn’t really help anything TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEM QUIETLY and put it in the past HONESTLY WE ARE TO NOSY it really makes my blood boil


    but hey what do i know im just 15 :)

  • C de Rages 59 (fr)

    I hate scarlette!!!!
    I don’t like lynsdey too but if I must make a choise, I much prefer Lyndsey!

  • C de Rages 59 (fr)

    Sorry if you have many difficult to understand what I say, I’m a french girl and I have a full of things to learn in english =)
    I have started to learn english 3 years ago (I’m 15) 😉

  • Anda

    Scarlett was in some amazing movies, she’s a respectable, beautiful, talented, classy actress. Lindsay is a decent, yet unattractive, overrated whore.

  • ryan

    scarlett is so anoyning! shes just a marlin monroe wannabe. lindsay is differant and petty.shes got spunk scarletts just boring! shes a plain jane that everyone loves at the moment.

  • jamie

    scarlett is to Superficial. so trys way to hard to be “it”.the blonde hair the classy dresses umm sounds very familer to another famous blonde! there is was only one marlin monroe and always will be. i hate when actresses like scarlett try to be just like her. lindsay is herself and not copying other celebritys.

  • heather

    lindsay lohans a frekin whore, and a crackhead, and if she wants more respect for her work, then she should stop sleeping around, and doing drugs.
    scarlett is one of the most down to earth normal people in hollywood, and shouldnt be put down in any way

  • eddie

    your right scarlett shoudnt be put down in any way but she is overated and overeposed. ive nothing against the girl but i really dont think she deserved to win most beautiful celebrity and sexiest women alive. i dont think shes that good looking at all! i think lindsays better looking. well,it depands on your personal taste.

  • joe

    scarlets ugly! im sorry but i dont get why so many people find her hot.shes to pale and most of the time looks bloated! i dont mean to be nasty i just dont find her pretty ar all!

  • Jessie

    I hate when people say Lindsay has talent. She has none. Never did. I also hate when peole say Lindsay hasn’t had the easiest life. No you’re right…being rich and pampered your entire life is certainly not easy. *sniff* She has had the easiest life, so stop giving sympathy where it’s not deserved.

  • me

    looks hot

  • Amy

    Hey guys, I think you are very jealous of Scarlett!!! :) Have you seen any of her movies?I think you are all hypocritical if you don’t see how talented and beautiful she is!

  • http://www.celebpulp.blogspot.com john mcgregor

    Both are slutty but off the two I hate lindsay the most and the answer is pretty obvious!!

  • Jackie

    This is for joe #55 what’s wrong with being pale? why would you want to bake yourself you’re not a fucking pie?

  • Jackie

    Jamie #52 actually Lyndsay Lohan has tried to copy marilyn monroe so you better get your stuff strait, wants to go sing for troops like her and moved into her house.

  • jackie

    copied photo shoots – marilyns & Lindsays

  • mike

    lindsays better looking but scarlett has a better personalty and shes not in and out of rehab!

  • Anomynous

    How come Geralle-Beavais Nilon and Serena Williams posing nude didnt cause a stink?