Paris Jackson opens up about dreams of acting, being in the spotlight and feeling ‘stupid’ in the masks.
‘The masks were stupid,’ admits Paris as she discusses her father Michael Jackson‘s attempts to protect his children on Ellen.
Her father Michael Jackson would frequently cover his children’s faces, in a bid to keep Prince Michael, 14, Paris, 13, and nine-year-old Prince Michael II out of the prying eye of the paparazzi lens. She said she initially thought wearing the mask was stupid, but later came to realize that it was for her and her brothers’ protection.
It seems protecting their identity from the public had the desired effect though, and when Paris arrived at The Buckley School, after her father’s death in June 2009 – no one knew who she was.
‘I do have a regular childhood. I mean, I’m treated the same. When I came to (my new school) they didn’t know who I was. I was like, “Yes, I have a chance to be normal.”‘
Yet now the rising star has been cast alongside Larry King in a film based on a new children’s book, “Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys,” which is in early stages of development.
The Internet Movie Database, known as IMDB, shows the film is tentatively scheduled for a 2013 release, although filmmakers have not presented the teen’s proposed acting contract to a Los Angeles court as required because she is a minor.
Michael Jackson’s daughter says she was inspired to be an actress after seeing her father in the film “Moonwalker.” The film featuring Jackson’s signature dance move and other videos was released in 1988.
“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.’”
‘We would do improvisation together. He would give us little scenarios. He would say, “OK, in this scene, you’re going to cry,” and I would cry on the spot.’
Giving her seal of approval on the interview, Paris later tweeted: ‘Had a great time on @TheEllenShow today! 😀 It’ll air on tv on Thursday for those who want to watch <3’
Jackson’s children have since been in the public eye, appearing onstage at their father’s televised memorial service, the Grammy Awards and other television appearances.