The parent trap hand shake. The guitar solo in Terrible Friday. Every scene of Bad girls. For a certain generation, Lindsay Lohan’s acting is unparalleled, and Lohan is an enduring figure in the pop culture zeitgeist. There “on October 3, he asked me what day it was” meme (which is based on a mean girls scene for the uninformed) was still circulating online on the date in question this year, 18 years after the film was released.
If Lohan’s films have stood the test of time, his own path has been much more difficult. But after a fall from grace that was ruthlessly documented in the tabloids and a long stint out of the public eye, Lohan is making movies again. His new Netflix romantic comedy, Fall for Christmas, came out on Thursday.
To be honest, we would watch Fall for Christmas just for nostalgia. But icing on the cake, the film contains ski scenes. I watched the movie and enjoyed it – it’s a fun plot, and longtime Lohan fans can expect supernatural situations reminiscent of awful friday, and “Jingle Bell Rock” also makes an appearance. Ski obsessives will appreciate the accurate portrayal of backcountry hazards and the tension between a mega-resort and a family hill that underpins the storyline.
Sadly, we still don’t know if Lohan herself can actually shred, since all of her character’s scenes are slipping on snow are made by a stunt double: 25 years Rian Zetzera former Salt Lake City-based competitive mogul skier and sponsored freeskier.
Zetzer got the job when a producer on the film looking for a mogul skier around 5ft 4in contacted his former coach. “They just asked me, ‘Are you proficient in mogul skiing, ski jumping and rolling? ‘ Zetzer said.
Lohan’s character is a beginner skier and Zetzer only filmed a few scenes. In one, she ricochets through a field of bumps, barely staying upright, before collapsing into her love’s arms. In the second, she slides backwards from the top of a hill (the long fall leaves her amnesiac, setting off a cascade of cheesy, charming events one would expect from a romantic comedy). In real life, Zetzer is a former mogul skier – she competed in the US National Freestyle Championships – who started making a name for herself in the freeskiing world with videos of herself doing backflips. from the cliffs. The stunts, especially for Lindsay Lohan, “seemed like too good an opportunity to pass up,” Zetzer said.
So we called her to talk about her time on set, her voice acting, and Lindsay Lohan.
Responses have been edited for clarity and length.
OUTSIDE: OK, first of all, did you have a chance to meet Lindsay Lohan?
RIAN ZETZER: We were both on set at the same time, but I didn’t tell him anything. I didn’t want to be the boring double that said “oh my god, I’m your biggest fan”. But it was cool to see her do her thing and act up close. It was funny, too, because one of the outfits I had to wear was this ridiculous hot pink head-to-toe bodycon outfit with a big fluffy pink hat. So I didn’t talk to her, but I was standing about five feet away from her in the exact same outfit thinking like, it’s cool.
It’s quite a look.
I wish I could have kept the outfit more than anything, it was so iconic.
Obviously, we all know her, but how much of a fan would you say you were of Lindsay Lohan?
Oh my, his early films are some of my favorites. Like, I could probably recite every word of terrible friday. She’s awesome, I’m a huge Lindsay fan.
The plot of the film revolves around the character of Lohan who is bad at skiing. Was it difficult to pretend to ski badly?
It went against my instincts, as mogul skiing is super precise and the game involved deliberately fidgeting and falling. But for all the scenes, I was on a pair of small rental skis, the same kind that Lindsay wears. [in the movie]. And the DIN was on, like, two. Which helped me feel like I could fall off the skis at any time, which is what they wanted.
Do you know if Lohan can ski?
I don’t know if she does, I’ve never seen her do turns. I know it’s a big responsibility for them, and it’s so expensive to pay her for anything other than talking and acting with her face. There was a scene where she’s on skis and she and the male protagonist were talking, and then she falls back down a bit. But there were like eight people a few feet behind her, ready to catch up. So I only saw her slip a few feet. We couldn’t freeski together, unfortunately.
Was there anyone else on set that you were looking forward to meeting?
Well, Chord Overstreet is the male lead. He was a character on Joyand i loved it Joy when I was younger. It was quite exciting to see him and funny to see him in ski gear.
And it was fun to see Tom Wallisch, who was the male lead stuntman. He and I ski for the same ski company, so I know him and have skied with him. But I didn’t know he would be there until I showed up. He’s a pro skier who’s done X Games and is very accomplished, but he was wearing this outfit that made him look like a very beginner skier. And it just tears the mountain apart. It was quite comical.
You don’t look much like Lohan.
Yeah, they had another double for her that did all the other random stuff like running, jumping, cooking, whatever – scenes without her face. And then I went skiing. But there was a time when two guys skiing on the mountain mistook me for Lindsay Lohan. And I took a picture with them in costume, and I don’t think they ever realized I wasn’t really her. So these guys have this picture with me, thinking I’m Lindsay Lohan. They came and they were like, “is that Lindsay?” And I was just like, “I guess?” And they’re like, “Can we take a picture with you?” It was too late to back down, so I thought “Sure”.
What was it like skiing for a wider, non-skiing audience?
It’s funny to me how people’s perception of skiing is so different outside of the ski industry. I remember our very first take, I was supposed to go down that mogul field then bump into Tom [Wallisch]. And I felt like I did it horribly, like it was way too slow and looked really fake and staged. And then as soon as we cut everyone was applauding. They were so excited. I thought it was so comical, because my perspective within the ski industry made me so much harder on myself.
Moments on the set that marked you?
I filmed for two days and the second day was the last day of filming and they ended right after our scene. Then all the main actors stood up and gave a little speech, thanking everyone for being there. And Lindsay started crying and saying how grateful she was for this experience and thanking everyone for their hard work. It was really sincere and sweet. I think one of the goals of this movie is to make a healthy comeback. I hope she does well, she seemed very nice and down to earth, which I thought was cool, because you never know with big celebrities like that.