Lindsay Lohan has been notorious for a poor work ethic on some of her past movies. Her co-stars and crew on "Machete," however, say that's not the case anymore. After working with her on set and seeing the results, they're hoping this movie will give the actress the fresh start she needs.
"I can't wait for her to see it," director Robert Rodriguez said to PEOPLE during the Los Angeles premiere of the film Wednesday night. "She's awesome in the movie. She's going to enjoy it a lot. ... She can do anything she wants [in this business]. This movie is so great for her. I think she's got a lot of talent, obviously. So, it's all up to her."
It's not only the director who's standing behind her. Co-stars Danny Trejo and Michelle Rodriguez also had positive things to say. Both stars have had previous drug and/or alcohol problems, and they sympathize with Lohan's situation.
"Lindsay's gonna be cool. She knows it. I know it," Trejo said. "You know, she got in a little trouble, and now she's had a little time to put her head together. She'll be alright. We'll pick her up again."
Rodriguez offered her own parallel story without talking about the recently jailed Lohan. Rodriguez spent 17 days in jail for violating her probation in a DUI case in December, 2007.
"That's the question that a lot of people need to answer when they do fall is, 'Why am I here?' If you can answer that question, you'll be able to dust yourself off and shine like a phoenix out of ashes," Rodriguez said.