The actress also opens up about her new life in Dubai and Mykonos ahead of her 'Beach Club' reality series.
Holding an apple and dressed as a very sexy Snow White for the publication's digital cover, Lohan opens up about her most recent controversy in the mag: that bizarre Instagram Live video of her getting punched in the face back in September.
In case you missed it, the 32-year-old "Mean Girls" star documented herself following a family of four around Moscow, saying they were Syrian refugees who needed help. She went on to accuse the parents of trafficking their children, before trying to take them and then getting knocked in the face herself.
At first, Lohan was hesitant to broach the subject with Paper, telling the reporter during the initial phone interview they'd speak about it more in depth during the magazine's photoshoot.
"Let's talk about it in New York. It's better if we speak face to face about it. So you can actually understand what really happened," she explained. She then spoke more generally about providing access to her fans, alluding to the altercation.
"There's actresses, there's several of them to my knowledge that don't use Instagram or Twitter. But I feel like you sort of have to," she continued. "It's your way of controlling the narrative. I recently made the mistake of having my phone recording live video, and that I learned from,. But I think it's also important because if you're doing something and you want to give direct access to your fans, you can contact them and see their thoughts and get an opinion. Whereas in the past, you didn't have any control over it."
But when it came time for the photoshoot -- which she showed up to on time, a fact her publicist asked the reporter "to note" -- she was too tired to talk. "I read the situation wrong," she later said, via an e-mailed statement. "I've learned from it. And that's all I have to say."
It's clear Lohan is concerned with how she's perceived in the press, telling Paper that the media tends to highlight the negative moments in her life.
"I would love to know why I get constantly clobbered in the press," she asked. "I could do 99 things right and one thing wrong, but it's that one thing that will be focused on. Behind the scenes I do what I can to be the best version of me, which never gets mentioned. I am also human. I make mistakes. That's all that seems to get reported."
Moving to Dubai and Mykonos has given her a little more control over her narrative, as both locales aren't exactly hot beds for the paparazzi. With her upcoming "Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club" series, an MTV reality show in the vein of "Vanderpump Rules," she hopes to showcase another side of her.
"I am who I am. I'm a good person. I take care of myself. I'm healthy," she said. "I like to have fun, but that doesn't mean I need to go out and drink and be crazy. I have a good relationship with that. It's funnier to watch other people party."
Fans will see her as a "boss bitch" in the show, the just-released teaser trailer promises. This is a bit of reversal for Lohan, something she fully acknowledges. "To kind of have to calm other people down when they're stressed out, which was me in the past -- I think back like, 'Oh my God, did I act like that? Ten years ago?'" she told Paper.
She's also just thrilled to be working again, something Lohan said "was kind of taken away from me for a while, when I was going through a lot." Lindsay added, "I was spending money on going to treatment centers because the court was making me. It was hard for me to continue working, because when would I even find the time?"
We'll see how she's spending her time these days when "Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club" premieres Tuesday, January 8th on MTV. Read her full Paper interview here.