"Liz & Dick" star Lindsay Lohan says she has no regrets about her troubled young adulthood because it gives her material to draw from as an actress.

In an Us Weekly interview in the issue being published Friday, Lohan is asked what she regrets. "Nothing," she says, "because then I wouldn't have been able to cry in scenes at the drop of a hat. I have it tattooed: LIVE WITHOUT REGRETS. I'm not saying I wanted to go to a jail cell, but I've drawn from all of it."

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Things unraveled for her because "I was a teenager," the 26-year-old said, "and everything I did was on the news. I would have been in college then. I'm not defending it because I chose to be in the public eye. But it got exhausting. I still don't think it was a bad thing that I was going out a lot."

Her jail time for probation violation and other charges was beneficial, she told Us. "As hard as it was for me to admit it when I was in denial, it was a blessing in disguise," she is quoted as saying. "I was in solitary confinement, and I took the time to really get into the right head space."

As for love, she said, "I want to do a ton of movies first. After I win an Oscar, I can start thinking about love."

And she added: "I think there are a lot of directors and producers who know I'm a good actress. I just want them to get past the misconception that I'm not reliable, because I am. I'm going to make them believe in me again."