Hollywood singer-actress Lindsay Lohan has blasted the media for portraying her as "spoiled, ungrateful and unprofessional", and hampering her Hollywood career in the process.
The 22-year-old actress, who has spent time behind bars and in rehab for drug and alcohol issues, insists she is no longer the party girl she used to be and she's simply trying to focus her energies on her stalling movie career, contactmusic.com reports.
She is urging critics to leave her and her DJ girlfriend Samantha Ronson alone and stay out of her personal life because she wants to do "positive" things with her fame.
"They need to stop saying we're fighting. I'm really a good person and I have a good heart and just want to work," she said.
"I love to act and write and be creative, and I want to help people by playing characters that can send a positive message out to whomever may need it," she added.
Lohan has completed just one movie Labor Pains since a 2007 flop I Know Who Killed Me, and recently lost out on the lead role in director Tim Burton's forthcoming remake of Alice In Wonderland.
She also pulled out of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas biopic The Edge of Love, and was replaced by Sienna Miller. However, in a recent interview, the actress revealed she's working on a new movie with Oscar winner Sean Penn.