Lohan, who has been in and out of court for much of the last few years for a variety of misdeeds, said she did not behave well in the past.
"My stubbornness at 18 and 19 years old got in the way," she told Playboy. "During the past five years, I've learned that time flies faster than you think, and because you only live once, you have to learn from your mistakes, live your dreams and be accountable.
"Looking back, I probably would have listened to and taken more advice from the people whom I admire and would have followed through with it more," she added.
Law enforcement sources told the Los Angeles Times last week that Lohan had been quietly putting in her required hours of community service at the L.A. County coroner's office and is now ahead of schedule for completing the court-ordered service.
Lohan is scheduled to appear before Judge Stephanie Sautner on Wednesday for a probation update, and those familiar with her community service say she has been doing more than 12 days a month at the morgue. At this rate, she could finish her community service by March in connection with a probation violation on her necklace theft conviction and a 2007 conviction for driving under the influence.
Last month, the judge sentenced Lohan to 30 days in jail and ordered her to complete her entire community service at the morgue, where she works as a janitor. The jail time amounted to a matter of hours.
Lohan admitted to violating probation by missing required workdays and appointments. Lohan missed 12 of 20 scheduled workdays at the Downtown Women's Center imposed in May when she pleaded guilty to the necklace theft from a Los Angeles jewelry store. Lohan, 25, also canceled 14 of 19 scheduled appointments for court-ordered psychotherapy.
Under the judge's order, Lohan must also attend 18 psychotherapy sessions. Sautner warned the actress that if she failed to meet the terms of her probation, she would be returned to jail for another 270 days. "This is what we really call putting the keys to the jail in the defendant's hands," Sautner told Lohan.
Lohan is required to report to the court each month and was seen last week visiting probation staff. She appears on the cover of next month's Playboy. Images of the cover have already been leaked. The photos were shot between sessions at the county morgue and a court appearance last month.
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