Why Lindsay Lohan was living with this former 'RHONY' cast member

That’s what famous friends are for.

Since her 2017 move to Dubai, Lindsay Lohan needs a place to crash when she’s stateside. And with mom Dina’sLong Island, New York, home in foreclosure (The Blastreports that after the 55-year-old Family Therapy star defaulted on the mortgage and failed to respond to a lawsuit from JPMorgan Chase, a judge ordered the property be sold via auction), Lohan found somewhere else to turn. While in New York recently, the 31-year-old Mean Girls star stayed at the Manhattan pad of former Real Housewives star Jill Zarin.

On May 1, Lohan posted an Instagram video of the red-haired pair (who an insider explains “have been family friends for years”) hitting the gym with trainer Mohamed Elzomor. During her stay, says another source, Lohan was “taking meetings” and talking of “plans to create and produce a ton of TV shows.”

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Lindsay Lohan attends DailyMail.com & DailyMailTV Holiday Party with Flo Rida on December 6, 2017 at The Magic Hour in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Daily Mail)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Lindsay Lohan attends DailyMail.com & DailyMailTV Holiday Party with Flo Rida on December 6, 2017 at The Magic Hour in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Daily Mail)
ANTALYA, TURKEY - OCTOBER 27: Lindsay Lohan (C) attends the closing ceremony of 54th International Antalya Film Festival in Antalya, Turkey on October 27, 2017. (Photo by Mustafa Ciftci/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Lindsay Lohan attends the Jorge Vazquez night party during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid Spring/Summer 2018 at AC Santo Mauro Hotel on September 18, 2017 in Madrid, Spain.
MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Lindsay Lohan is seen at the Maria Ke Fisherman show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid Spring/Summer 2018 at Ifema on September 15, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Eduardo Parra/Getty Images)
Actress Lindsay Lohan during a visit to the Madrid attraction park on September 18, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Actress Lindsay Lohan takes to the catwalk with a creation for Spring-Summer 2018 Collection of TERESA HELBIG o during of the Madrid Fashion Week, in Madrid, Spain, 17 September 2017. (Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17: Actress Lindsay Lohan is seen at the Custo Barcelona show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid Spring/Summer 2018 at Ifema on September 15, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Eduardo Parra/Getty Images)
Actress Lindsay Lohan is seen at the Malne show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid Spring/Summer 2018 at Ifema on September 15, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
actress Lindsay Lohan creation for Spring-Autunm 2018 Collection of Devota & Lomba during the first day of the Madrid Fashion Week, in Madrid, Spain, 1 September 2017. (Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress Lindsay Lohan attends Hofit Golan's Birthday celebrations on June 03, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 26: Lindsay Lohan attends the Amfar Gala Cannes 2017 at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France on May 26, 2017. (Photo by Philip Rock/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 25: Lindsay Lohan and Tommy Alaska attend the amfAR Gala Cannes 2017 at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 25, 2017 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Chris Jackson/French Select for amfAR )
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 25: Lindsay Lohan attends the amfAR Gala Cannes 2017 at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 25, 2017 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 23: Lindsay Lohan attends the de Grisogono 'Love On The Rocks' party during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 23, 2017 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images )
BIOT, FRANCE - MAY 21: Lindsay Lohan attends the 'Ace of Spades' and Three Six Zero Entertainment Cannes Film Festival Celebration with Champagne Armand de Brignac at Les Hauts de Saint Julien on May 21, 2017 in Biot, France. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images for Armand De Brignac)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 13: Lindsay Lohan is seen leaving ABC studios after a taping of The View on February 13, 2017 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Lindsay Lohan is the guest, Monday, February 20, 2017 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) LINDSAY LOHAN
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Lindsay Lohan attends Love X Fashion X Art by Domingo Zapata at The Box on February 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Nicole Miller and Lindsay Lohan attends the Nicole Miller Fall 2017 After Party on February 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
FLORENCE, ITALY - JANUARY 09: Lindsay Lohan walks the red carpet of Firenze4ever 14th Edition Party hosted by LuisaViaRoma during Pitti Uomo 91 on January 9, 2017 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images for LuisaViaRoma)
FLORENCE, ITALY - JANUARY 09: Lindsay Lohan walks the red carpet of Firenze4ever 14th Edition Party hosted by LuisaViaRoma during Pitti Uomo 91 on January 9, 2017 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images for LuisaViaRoma)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Lindsay Lohan leaves Lou Lou's club on November 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Milan/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Lindsay Lohan, Hossein Tohi and Hofit Golan attend an afternoon tea hosted by Damiani in aid of Nadedza Foundation at Morton's Club on November 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for Damiani)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: Lindsay Lohan at Mark's Club on October 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Milan/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Lindsay Lohan attending Fran Cutler's Halloween Party at Albert's Club on October 31, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Milan/GC Images)
GAZIANTEP, TURKEY - OCTOBER 08: American actress Lindsay Lohan (C) speaks to press members with wearing a headscarf given by a Syrian woman, after her visit at a container town where Syrian refugees live in the Nizip district of Gaziantep in Turkey on October 08, 2016. (Photo by Kerem Kocalar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GAZIANTEP, TURKEY - OCTOBER 08: American actress Lindsay Lohan holds a newborn Syrian baby named Fatma in her arms, during her visit at a container town where Syrian refugees live in the Nizip district of Gaziantep in Turkey on October 08, 2016. (Photo by Kerem Kocalar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: Lindsay Lohan arrives for BGC Annual Global Charity Day at Canary Wharf on September 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 22: Lindsay Lohan arrives for the 2016 Butterfly Ball at The Grosvenor House Hotel on June 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 22: Lindsay Lohan and Egor Tarabasov arrive for the 2016 Butterfly Ball at The Grosvenor House Hotel on June 22, 2016 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Brett Cove / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Brett Cove / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 26: Lindsay Lohan and Egor Tarabasov attend a private screening with Alice Temperley of Disney's Alice Through The Looking Glass at the Bulgari Hotel on May 26, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Walt Disney / Alice Temperley )
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 09: Lindsay Lohan attends 'Uno de 50' 20th anniversary party at Palacio de Saldana on June 9, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Fotonoticias/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 21: Lindsay Lohan seen during the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Robino Salvatore/GC Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 13: Lindsay Lohan seen out in Soho on April 13, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Lindsay Lohan attends an after party celebrating the World Premiere of 'The End Of Longing', written by and starring Matthew Perry, on February 11, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: Lindsay Lohan attends the 6th Annual Asian Awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel on April 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images )
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 15: Lindsay Lohan is seen on April 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: Lindsay Lohan attends the private view of Tyler Shields: Decadence at Maddox Gallery on February 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08: Lindsay Lohan performs live with Duran Duran at The O2 Arena on December 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Redferns)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08: Lindsay Lohan performs with Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran during a surprise guest performance at The O2 Arena on December 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Redferns)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25: Lindsay Lohan arrives at China Tang restaurant in Mayfair on November 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Keith Hewitt/GC Images)
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This in addition to her humanitarian efforts in Syria and her work with Lawyer.com — which Lohan sees “as more than just the commercial,” the source clarifies. “She considers herself a consultant and investor in the website and thinks it’s her way of breaking into the tech world. She’ll continue to work with them.”

Says a third Lohan pal, “She’s reading scripts and working really hard. She has a lot of projects.” But her stay at Zarin’s wasn’t strictly business. The source explains Lohan was also “there for Jill” after the 54-year-old firecracker lost her husband of 18 years, Bobby, to cancer in January. “Lindsay stays in Jill’s daughter’s room,” says the pal, while Zarin’s daughter Ally Shapiro lives in London.

Says the friend of Lohan, “Everyone is rooting for her. She’s doing great.”

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 30: Lindsay Lohan is seen on December 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by XPX/Star Max/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15: Actress Lindsay Lohan attends the LOVE x Balmain Xmas Party at The Ivy Market Grill on December 15, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for LOVE x Balmain)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 09: Lindsay Lohan attends the Sunday Times Christmas party on December 9, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Fjeraku/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Lindsay Lohan attends Chopard Christmas Party at Annabel's member's club in Mayfair on December 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Keith Hewitt/GC Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 15: Lindsay Lohan at the Chiltern Firehouse on December 15, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/GC Images)
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