SIDEWAYS star Virginia Madsen has come out in defence of teenager Lindsay Lohan, insisting she has to answer unsavoury questions the media would never ask of boys.

Madsen has become fond of the 19-year-old after working with her on the set of new Robert Altman film A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION, and admits she can't believe the interview horror stories the MEAN GIRLS star has spoken of.

The actress explains, "(In) every interview I read, somebody was asking her about her weight and, 'Do you throw up in the bathroom?'

"I mean, no one asks teenage boys, 'Do you have pubic hair yet? What size are your balls?' Whereas they'll ask a teenage girl, 'Are you still a virgin?'"