Lindsay Lohan revealed this month that she’s been studying the Quran – and it looks like her interest in Islam might be changing more than her spirituality.
A short clip of the actress speaking outside a Greek club in October has gone viral this week, due to a very different-sounding accent from her Mean Girls days.
The Middle Eastern twang had fans curious as to its origin, and now the American actress has revealed the cause.
“It’s a mixture of most of the languages I can understand or am trying to learn,” she told the Daily Mail. “I’ve been learning different languages since I was a child. I’m fluent in English and French, can understand Russian, and am learning Turkish, Italian and Arabic.”
The actress has been filmed by several paparazzi over the last year speaking Arabic words such as “khalas“.
“Lindsay picks up languages like I pick up a coffee,” her father, Michael, told Entertainment Tonight. “I will tell you this, she’s spoken other languages on the phone with me – languages I don’t understand. I’ll be on the phone with her and I’ll hear her say something in fluent Farsi to a friend she’s with.”
The actress’s mother, Dina, also told ET her daughter has taught herself Arabic.
“Lindsay has a very high IQ and is very intelligent and can pick up on any language in a minute. She has that gift,” she said.
As social media lit up with speculation, Lohan joked about her updated voice, asking fans on Twitter “what should I call my new accent? I’m thinking #LILLOHAN”.
— Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) November 1, 2016
Lohan, who spent several weeks in Turkey last month visiting refugees, also told the Daily Mail the interest in her voice doesn’t faze her.
“Nothing really shocks me these days,” she said. “I moved to London four years ago, and the taxes seem to be getting higher.”
I can’t forget Heya whom I met during my visit to the Hussein family. She couldn’t care less about our gifts to her, whose mother has gone. She held me more and more tight when she sat on my lap. I sniffed her hair, took her hands and held her tight. I understood at that moment once again that we can do more for each other, that we should do more for each other. And we can start by giving support to #Turkey which did its part in this huge human tragedy called Syria by welcoming 3 million refugees. We should do more, starting today… #RefugeesWelcome #MassacreinAleppo #theworldisbiggerthan5 #love not #ignorancekills
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The 30-year-old spoke out about her new faith earlier this month, after she was photographed last year carrying a copy of the Quran.
“My very close friends, who have been there for me a lot, in London are Saudi and they gave me the Quran and I brought it to New York because I was learning,” she revealed on Turkish TV show Haber Turk.
“It opened doors for me to experience spiritually, to find another true meaning. This is who I am.”
The actress also revealed the pictures had sparked widespread backlash in her home country, where she was “crucified” for her interest in Islam.
“They made me seem like… I was a bad person for holding that Quran.
“I was so happy to leave [America] and go back to London after that, because I felt so unsafe in my own country. If this [Islam] is something that I want to learn, this is my own will.
“I can’t imagine how many people go through this all the time, and that made me feel like an outsider.”