Though she arrived an hour late to the premiere of "Liz & Dick" at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Lindsay Lohan told The Associated Press it still "feels great to be on a red carpet for working hard. It feels good."

The beleaguered actress -- who experienced five years of arrests, probation, jail time and rehab before landing the role of Elizabeth Taylor in this Sunday's Lifetime telefilm -- went on to tell E! News that "I really worked hard on this and I put all of my heart and soul into it, so I hope that that shows through," adding, "I hope Elizabeth Taylor, from above, is admiring the work that I did on her behalf."

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She joked to the AP at the Tuesday night premiere: "I wasn't going to let them make the movie without me, first of all."

"I harassed [executive producer] Larry Thompson" for the role, she said, because the late Taylor "was such an icon of mine and so many other people's that it was an important [role] to depict correctly."

Lohan, 26, conceded similarities with the tempestuous Taylor, who had her own issues with substance abuse and rehab. "Yeah, of course," she told E! "More so the paparazzi thing -- I think that always strikes close to home."

She had arrived at the premiere after taping "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," where she was vague about her reasons for canceling her scheduled Barbara Walters interview, saying "the timing wasn't right right now."