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Lindsay Lohan has a lot riding on her Saturday Night Live hosting gig March 3.

The actress, 25, hasn't had a box office hit since the 2004 teen comedy Mean Girls, and she's hoping the high-profile TV gig will reignite her once promising career. "I want to poke fun at myself," Lohan told Matt Lauer in a pre-taped Today interview Thursday.

"I think if I'm going to do a sketch about x or y, I think this is the place to do it," Lohan explained. "I think SNL is the place where you actually are OK to do it.

Lohan spoke with her attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, before agreeing to do the NBC show. "I didn't want to be disrespectful to my judge or anything, because she's been really wonderful to me and helped me a lot, so I've asked if certain things would be inappropriate or off-limits, because I wanted to be in the clear. I'm so close."

The actress must complete 14 more days of community service at the L.A. County morgue and five additional psychotherapy sessions before her final progress hearing on March 29. If she complies, Lohan's 2007 DUI charges will be removed, but her necklace theft charge will remain.

Lohan said it was only recently that she remembered why she first wanted to become an actress.

"I like being on set. I like making films," Lohan told Lauer. "I like doing this kind of stuff and having positive things to talk about, and I kind of lost sight of that."

"I just want to kind of work to the point where I can just go on a vacation with my family and then have the premieres and be happy for that. I love that feeling, and being able to share what I love to do with people who go see the film -- I want that."