Lindsay Lohan in Playboy. (Playboy)

“I kind of had mixed emotions about it initially, and then it turned into something bigger than life,” Hefner told E! of the actress’s Marilyn Monroe-inspired pictorial, which leaked last week. When asked to explain said “mixed emotions,” Hefner responded, “Well, I wasn’t quite sure where she was at in her life, obviously. Depends on whether it’s Tuesday or Thursday.”

But, as most of the world knows, Hefner got over the feeling that he was photographing a possibly unstable subject, and Lohan posed completely nude for the magazine — but only after Hef did some convincing.

“I think it was essentially mama and the folks around her that kept pushing for less nudity,” Hefner told E! “And I said, ‘We’re doing a nude pictorial here. We’re going to do it in a very classy way and we’re going to do it in a way in which it will not be forgotten.’ ”

Lohan’s pictorial, for which she was reportedly paid close to a whopping million dollars, hits newsstands today.

Read the full interview here.