We previewed a clip of Lindsay Lohan’s sitdown with Matt Lauer yesterday, and her Today interview is now available in its entirety. Promoting her appearance as Saturday Night Live this weekend, Lohan hoped to prove to the world that she’s mentally and physically ready to revive the acting career that has long been eclipsed by personal drama, court dates, and substance abuse.

“I wasn’t as comfortable with myself then,” admitted Lohan of her party days. “I had to get [a] wake-up call.” She told Lauer, “I regret the choices that I’ve made, but I’m grateful for where I am today — because of them.” She added, “I want to move forward with my life. … I want to keep growing and I want to keep growing in the right ways.”

But can the actress move forward while constantly looking back, specifically when it comes to SNL this weekend? See what she had to say about her fourth time hosting — plus her community service at an L.A. morgue, her dating life, and her dreams of Oscar — after the jump.

Before film producers can believe in her, said Lohan, “I still need to go through that process of proving myself.” She thinks demonstrating her accountability through the high-pressure world of SNL will be the first step. Lohan revealed that she was the one pushing to host the show. “I was kind of harassing [SNL producer Lorne Michaels],” she laughed.

For the record, she is excited about sending herself up — “I want to poke fun at myself” — but she does have some limits. “I’ve asked [my attorney] if certain things would be inappropriate or off-limits,” she acknowledged, referring to lampooning her legal troubles.

NEXT: Lohan discusses community service at the morgue and talks Oscars

Despite a rocky start, Lohan had nothing but nice things to say about the people at her community service assignment. “It’s been a learning experience,” she said. “It had to come to that. I needed to experience it for whatever reason there is. And I’m grateful that I’ve learned from it. It’s helped me. It’s humbling.”

For the moment, she seems to be heading in the right direction. Judge Stephanie Sautner said in a progress report last week, “You seem to be getting your life back on track, and that’s what we all hoped for.”

Lohan confirmed her participation in a forthcoming Elizabeth Taylor biopic, said she’s happily single, and claimed she’s been surrounding herself with a new circle of friends. She also mused about what she’d be doing five years from now, revealing she hopes she’ll be returning from the Academy Awards celebration. Until then, it’s one day at a time. Promised Lohan, “I will not let anyone down — especially myself.”

What do you say, PopWatchers? Judge Sautner and the SNL bigwig seem to think Lohan can bounce back. Do you?

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Saturday Night Live - Season 42
Saturday Night Live

The original late-night comedy sketch show from the one and only Lorne Michaels.

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