August 03, 2007 03:50 PM

Only 36 hours before her DUI crash on Memorial Day weekend, Lindsay Lohan vowed that she would not drive drunk.

Speaking over lunch at L.A.’s Ivy restaurant to Elle magazine for its September issue, the actress said that when it comes to living under the glare of paparazzi flashes, “It’s scary they’re looking for me to, like, trip, so they can be like, ‘Oh, Lindsay’s wasted and driving drunk.’ ”

But, she insisted, she would never do that. “I wouldn’t violate….I’m much more responsible than that. I would not do that,” she added.

On July 24, after a 45-day stint at Promises rehab center following the May crash, Lohan, 21, was arrested again on suspicion of drunken driving after a car chase.

In the interview, she is also asked about being photographed in public not wearing any underwear. “It was once, and it was when I was in Venice,” she replies. “And I was rushing through the room, threw the Prada dress on. And that’s what happened. And I didn’t even see the picture. I don’t look at that s— – that’s gross. If I wear a dress I have underwear on.”

Blaming the tabloids for distorting her life, Lohan says, “I hear things about the night before they even happened. Like, they said I was dating my best friend – the Samantha Ronson thing. She’s my best friend!”

Another friend she mentions is former boyfriend, British TV personality Calum Best.

“I like him,” she says. “He’s me in male form. We’re very similar. Stubborn, rebellious, very smart, coy, a little bit narcissistic – I think all actors have a little bit of that, and so they should.”

Describing good times with Best, she says, “We’ll be kidding around, like the other day when we were in the Bahamas … I was walking by some mirror. And he caught me looking in the mirror and he goes, ‘I caught that!’ I was like, ‘Damn, I look good!’ ”

Not that everyone is a friend, a lesson Lohan says that has learned the hard way. Of three very expensive watches that she had bought, including a rose-gold Rolex, she says, “They were stolen [because of my] not listening to the people who care about me saying, ‘Be careful who you’re with.’ You know?’

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