Next stop: a USO tour in Iraq for the troops

Breathrough actress of the year: Lindsay Lohan

Even among the two dozen top-billed stars of Emilio Estevez’s “Bobby,” Lohan stands out as a teenager about to marry a guy so he won’t be sent to Vietnam.

With her talent and tabloid pedigree, she rates as an intriguing mix, as one wag put it: “somewhere between Paris Hilton and Meryl Streep.”

“It’s a compliment,” Lohan says of the comment. “They’re both amazing people.”

The child who played twins in Disney’s “Parent Trap” remake and metamorphosed into a leading lady six years later with “Mean Girls” is now a star who hopes to emulate Marilyn Monroe and, like her idol’s Korean War appearances, do a USO tour in Iraq for the troops.

It would bring her full circle to Monroe’s erstwhile inamorato Bobby Kennedy, the subject of Lohan’s latest film. The 20-year-old actress credits Estevez’s “passion” with enticing her to work for scale on the RFK project. “Seeing how much Emilio cared for this movie was such an important aspect of whether I’d do the film or not,” says Lohan.

In fact, her role in the film is modeled on a woman Estevez met at Hollywood’s Ambassador Hotel the night Kennedy won the California primary. “I hope this encourages people of my generation to be involved with the world they’re living in,” the actress opines.

Despite her acting in “Bobby,” Lohan hasn’t give up on the big bucks. “Doing lower budget films has nothing to do with [quitting] commercial films. It’s the material,” Lohan emphasizes. “I’m learning and trying out roles. It’s important to morph into other people and for my generation it’s important to bring awareness of a great leader.”

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