Lindsay Lohan Responds to Rosie O'Donnell: "I Know That I'm Great"

Entertainment Apr. 27, 2012 AT 2:40PM
Lindsay Lohan Responds to Rosie O'Donnell: "I Know That I'm Great" Credit: Amy Graves/WireImage.com; Tamarra/Getty Images

Love her or hate her, Lindsay Lohan is happily employed and determined to honor the late Elizabeth Taylor in Lifetime's Liz & Dick.

Though Rosie O'Donnell previously said she doesn't "think [Lohan] is right for the role, and I don't think she's capable at this point of doing what's needed," the 25-year-old actress isn't paying much attention to the former talk show host.

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"It's funny that someone you don't know at all can say something so intrusive and so knowing," Lohan tells Access Hollywood. "You should base your opinions when you meet someone. One-on-one is better."

Lohan continued: "I don't think I need to tell her anything. I know that I'm great and I know that I know Liz Taylor really well."

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(Maybe not as well as she thinks. In late 2010, Taylor told Us Weekly she hates "being called Liz, because it can sound like such a hiss.")

Regardless, Lohan said she feels a strong connection to Taylor, who passed away at the age of 79 in March 2011.

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"We've shared the same makeup artist and the same hairstylist. We've worked with a lot of the same people," Lohan explained to Access Hollywood. "She sent me a ring at one point in my life from her House of Taylor costume collection. I'm really lucky to be able to do this role and I just want to honor her the way she should be honored because she's helped a lot of people in her life."

Liz & Dick producer Larry Thompson has full faith in Lohan, telling Us Weekly: "I think that she is quite excited for the opportunity, not only to get back to work, but to play this part. Elizabeth is a character who is larger than life, but I think that Lindsay can definitely relate to her quite a bit."

"Maybe a lot of younger people don't know Elizabeth Taylor that well," Thompson adds. "They don't realize that when this affair happened they were the most famous people in the world. If they think that Lindsay lives a scandalous life, these people invented scandal."

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