December 14, 2011 3:37pm PT by Sofia M. Fernandez
Why Michael Jackson's Daughter Paris Accepted Wearing Masks in Public (Video)
Michael Jackson's daughter Paris gives her first solo interview on the Ellen show Thursday. The two discuss her acting career, the most memorable thing her father ever told her, and how she felt about having to wear a mask in public growing up.
Per a transcript of the interview provided by the Ellen show, Jackson tells Ellen DeGeneres she understood why her dad disguised her and her siblings in public, "[At first] 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."
She insists that despite this and her famous family, she had a normal childhood, "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."
Jackson and DeGeneres discusses her burgeoning acting career as well. The 13-year-old landed a starring role as the heroine in Lundon's Bridge and the Three Keys, based on a young adult book series by Dennis H. Christen about a dolphin, a dragonfly, a jellyfish and lots of magic spells.
Paris's grandmother Katherine Jackson wanted her to wait until she was 18 to start a career, but Jackson says she knew she wanted to be a thespian when she was "really little." Jackson said, "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."
She revealed that she and her father would do improv together, and that she could cry on the spot. Asked if she fooled Jackson with her acting abilities, she said, "Apparently I was 'faking' it a lot of the time."