Nine years ago, Chris Pine was an up-and-coming leading man, while Lindsay Lohan was already one of Hollywood's most in-demand stars. Nearly a decade later, the professional careers of the two stars have swapped, which Pine discussed with The Hollywood Reporter in its Jan. 10 issue.
"It was a real cyclone of insanity, like being around The Beatles," the Star Trek hunk, 33, remarked about working with Lohan, 27, on the New Orleans set of their 2006 film, Just My Luck. "It was fascinating to watch, and in hindsight it's really a distinct moment in someone's life when you see what's really wonderful about what we get to do and what's really dangerous about it."
Lohan, who was 18 at the time Just My Luck was filmed, was hot off the success from her 2004 movie, Mean Girls. The actress, who earned $7.5 million for Just My Luck, was already a household name following 2003's Freaky Friday and 1998's The Parent Trap, her breakout role. After numerous stints in rehab and battles with alcoholism, Lohan made a return to the screen in multiple lesser-known films, while Pine has starred in big movies like Star Trek and This Means War.
Up next for the hunky actor? Pine will tackle the role of Tom Clancy's fictional hero, CIA agent Jack Ryan, in Shadow Recruit -- a role that has been played by leading men including Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Alec Baldwin.
"Hollywood is like living in a weird bubble," said the L.A. resident. "A bunch of people take care of you and get you stuff, and you're the center of that little microcosmic world," the action star shared. "You start believing that it is real and … you deserve it."
Unlike many of his Hollywood colleagues, Pine expressed no interest in joining Twitter. "F--k no," he remarked about the social media website used by stars like Lohan. "What am I going to tweet about? My sneakers? Or, 'I have 140,000 friends on Facebook.' What does that even mean? I find it to be a waste of time. The internet is so caustic; just a place where people get to spew nonsense and bullsh-t."
The dreamy, blue-eyed hunk's love life also remains off limits. "That's something I don't really want to talk about," he told THR. Pine told Ellen DeGeneres what he looked for in an ideal mate during a May appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "I think anything that any normal man would be looking for: intelligence, beauty and a sense of humor," he trailed. "You have to be able to carry a conversation after the initial attraction kind of dies down."
Romance aside, Pine told THR, "There was nothing romantic about the industry." The star revealed, "I grew up in a family where sometimes work was good, sometimes great, and sometimes there was no work."
(Pine's parents were both in showbiz -- dad Robert Pine starred on CHiPs and mom Gwynne Gilford appeared in Gunsmoke.)
"I learned a lot by osmosis, just by being around them," he said.