The 13 year-old daughter of the late Michael Jackson, Paris Jackson, proved to be one of the sweetest and most down to earth young girls in her first solo interview for The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which will air on Thursday (December 15).
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Paris talk to Ellen DeGeneres about her first movie role, her famous father and trying to live a “normal” life as any other kid her age. The tween admitted she first did not understand why her daddy made his kids wear ridiculous masks, but now admits he really just wanted to protect them.
Here are some highlights from Paris Jackson’s Ellen DeGeneres interview:
On Michael inspiring her acting: “When I was really little my dad was in the movie Moonwalker and I knew he could sing really well but I didn’t know he could act. I saw that and I said, ‘Wow, I want to be just like him.’ ”
On Michael’s acting “lessons”: “We would do improv together. He would give us little scenarios. He would (say), ‘OK, in this scene you’re going to cry’ and I’d cry on the spot.”
On going to a traditional school: “I love it. It’s definitely a different experience. … I do have like a regular childhood. I mean, I’m treated the same. When I came to Buckley (her school) they didn’t know who I was. I was like, ‘Yes, I have a chance to be normal.’ ”
On being forced to wear a mask as a child: “Yeah, I’m like, ‘This is stupid; why am I wearing a mask?’ But I kind of realized the older I got, like, he only tried to protect us and he’d explain that to us, too.”
On Michael’s most memorable words to her: “He said, ‘If I die tomorrow always remember what I told you.’ I took his advice and I remembered everything he told me.”
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