When Freaky Friday came out in 2003, no one had a clue that it would be a turning point for Lindsay Lohan’s career, especially in pop music. Disney’s remake of the film was pretty successful. In fact, it’s still relevant in pop culture even up to this today.
Because Lohan’s iconic character plays in a band, many people wonder if she can really play the guitar. In this article, you’ll find out whether Lindsay Lohan’s guitar skills in the film actually translate in real life.
Can Lindsay Lohan play guitar? Lindsay Lohan had to learn how to play the guitar for her role in Freaky Friday (2003). She plays the guitar in some scenes of the movie, but they were overdubbed in the finished film. Lohan also revealed that she played the guitar in preparation for her 2004 album, Speak.
Does Lindsay Lohan play guitar in Freaky Friday?
Lindsay Lohan had to learn to play the guitar after being cast as the daughter in Disney’s remake of Freaky Friday (2003). She does play the guitar in the film, but her guitar playing wasn’t included in the soundtrack.
Lindsay Lohan revealed in an interview that she and the band rehearsed with each other in real life in preparation for the film.
Christina Vidal and Haley Hudson portrayed Lohan’s friends in Freaky Friday. Together, they play in the fictional band Pink Slip where Lohan is the lead singer.
Lohan and her co-stars had a coach to teach them how to act like true musicians. Director Mark Waters shared that the band Orgy’s lead guitarist, Amir Derakh, coached them on how to play like a band.
This helped make Lohan’s guitar playing skills look authentic, even if they were not included in the film’s soundtrack.
Lindsay Lohan Starring in the film “Freaky Friday”
Freaky Friday is a teen comedy film directed by Mark Waters and written by Leslie Dixon and Heather Hach. The teen movie was based on Mary Rodgers’s 1972 novel of the same name.
This iconic teen film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan as mothers and daughters. Curtis plays Tess Coleman, a psychologist who’s having difficulty communicating with her teenage daughter. Anna (Lindsay Lohan) plays guitar in the garage band Pink Slip.
A spell has gone wrong after they both eat a magical fortune cookie, making their bodies get switched.
Later, the daughter, who looks just like the mother, talks to caterers and sees patients. Trapped in her teenage daughter’s form, the mother is taking tests and dealing with a difficult teacher.
During one scene, Curtis gets to belt out a mean guitar solo. Before the film ends, Lohan also performs on stage with her band.
Lindsay Lohan’s Debut Single “Ultimate”
Lindsay Lohan recorded the song “Ultimate” for the Freaky Friday soundtrack. It was written by Jeff Coplan and Robert Ellis Orrall and was released to Radio Disney to help promote the film.
“Ultimate” was Lohan’s singing debut. She did not play the guitar on this recording, but she still learned all the chords so she could perform them while filming.
In under three weeks, the song helped propel the film’s soundtrack album into Billboard’s Top 20. It also reached number 18 on Radio Disney’s Top 30.
Despite Lohan’s attempt to transition to pop music, she made it clear that the song “Ultimate” was separate from her singing career. At the time, many teen idols were expanding from acting to singing, like Hilary Duff and Raven-Symoné.
Who did the guitar solo in Freaky Friday?
Jamie Lee Curtis was another co-star in the movie Freaky Friday who had to learn to play the guitar. In one scene, her character plays a guitar solo of the song “Take Me Away”.
People were impressed with Curtis’s guitar playing, particularly with how authentic it looked. That’s because Curtis was actually playing while filming.
Although she made her guitar playing look as authentic as possible, a studio musician overdubbed the guitar solo in the finished film.
Despite this, Curtis said she could easily play the guitar solo in the recording if she was asked to. Curtis already had a background in playing the rhythm guitar before being cast as Tess Coleman.
“I’m not sure most 40-year-old women get to play a rippin’ guitar solo. I didn’t end up playing it on the [soundtrack], but I could have if they had let me.” – Jamie Lee Curtis on playing the guitar on Freaky Friday (2003)
Curtis told the New York Post in 2003 that playing the guitar was one of her favorite aspects of working on the film.
If she had to seek some advice on how to play the guitar, the best person would probably be her husband, Christopher Guest. Guest played the master guitarist Nigel Tufnel in This Is Spinal Tap (1984).
Curtis’ daughter Anna, who was 15 at the time, also helped her prepare for the role. Curtis said her daughter watched her in rehearsals. When she took her aside, she told her mother that she was trying too hard.
What her daughter told her was a huge help for Curtis in grounding herself. To convincingly play a teen stuck in her mom’s body and learn to play the guitar in the process, she had to be reminded that she’s “naturally immature” or a teenager at heart.
Lindsay Lohan Playing the Guitar after Freaky Friday
Lindsay Lohan revealed that she can play the guitar in an MTV interview. Talking about her upcoming debut album in 2004, Lohan said she handled most of the music herself. She told MTV:
“I write a lot of lyrics, and I’m involved in the producing process because it’s like, if I’m singing it, I want it to be something that I can relate to. I’m just trying to feel it out and see where it goes. I’m playing guitar, and I also love to dance, so [the music will be] somewhere along the lines of hip-hop and rock.”
Despite this, Lohan never received credits as a guitar player in her recordings. Lohan released two studio albums, Speak (2004) and A Little More Personal (Raw) (2005).
Lindsay Lohan was one of Hollywood’s most promising young faces. She pursued a music career after being a fan of music and singing at a young age.
When she was cast as a lead in the teen film Freaky Friday (2003) alongside Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan had learned how to play the guitar. She recorded the song “Ultimate”, the film’s soundtrack, which was her best song.
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