Lindsay Lohan was poised and funny on 'Letterman'... really! -- VIDEO

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Believe it or not, there was more to David Letterman's big Lindsay Lohan interview than awkward rehab talk. The late night host actually had a surprisingly heartfelt discussion with one of his favorite targets -- one that led to Lohan actually tearing up on camera after Letterman praised her for having "enough spine, enough sense of [yourself]

, and enough poise” to come on the show despite all the jokes he’s made at her expense.

Before that earnestness peeked through, though, Letterman and Lohan mostly kept things light, discussing her first appearance on his old NBC show — as a 6-year-old, she played “Things Found on the Floor of the D Train” in a Halloween-themed sketch — and, of course, her checkered past. Lohan said she had planned to do a bit implying that  she was wearing a stolen dress; Letterman laughed heartily at the idea.

And Lohan, in turn, laughed pretty gamely when Letterman read through a few of his Lindsay jokes, taking special delight in this quip: “Lindsay Lohan’s in court so often the cafeteria has named a sandwich after her.” “They don’t let you eat there!” she said gleefully. “What is this, a gourmet court?”

One thing Lohan didn’t want to make light of: Her upcoming rehab stint, which is scheduled to begin May 2. When Letterman tried to steer the conversation toward that subject partway through the interview, the actress shut him down: “I’m looking forward to actually just taking time for me. You can’t make a joke of it. That’s so mean.” And when Letterman playfully asked if he could lob just one quip, Lohan stood her ground — “We’re not doing that. No. This is my show now.”

All in all, it’s a pretty entertaining 14 minutes that should also give Lohan apologists some hope — if the Mean Girls star continues to be as stable and self-aware as she was on the Late Show, there may be hope for her future yet. Well, as long as she can move on from movies like Scary Movie 5.

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