Lindsay Lohan in TV chat blames youth for woes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Lindsay Lohan got a standing ovation when she made her first TV outing since spending five hours in jail last week.

Lohan, 24, taped an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Monday that will be broadcast on Tuesday, NBC said.

Lohan was locked up for five hours on Friday and stands trial in June on a charge of stealing a gold necklace from a Los Angeles jewelry store. It was the latest setback in the actress’ bid to revive a flagging movie career, after almost four years of trips to drug and alcohol rehab, and jail.

In an excerpt released ahead of Tuesday’s broadcast, the former child star attributed some of her troubles to success at an early age. She first found fame at age 11 in “The Parent Trap”.

“I think being young and being in the position I was in, you don’t really take the time to appreciate what you have, and it is all a kind of whirlwind and people make decisions for you,” the “Mean Girls” actress told Leno.

“But I am not a kid anymore. I am 24. I have made a lot of mistakes and I recognize that, but I am in the clear now and as long as I stay focused, I will be able to achieve what I want to achieve,” Lohan added.

The studio audience reportedly gave Lohan, who has made few TV appearances since January, a rousing welcome when she turned up unexpectedly on the set.

Lohan found herself behind bars again after a judge ruled that the jewelry theft charge was a violation of her 2007 probation for drunken driving, and sentenced her to 120 days in jail and 480 hours community service. She was released on bail pending an appeal.

The actress last week landed a role in an upcoming movie about New York mob boss John Gotti. But first she faces trial, and another possible spell in jail, for walking out of a jewelry store in January wearing a $2,500 gold necklace without paying for it.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant: Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis