Paris Jackson: I Want to Be Just Like Dad

Michael's daughter remembers dad on 'Ellen' interview

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 15, 2011 9:11 AM CST

(Newser) – In a poignant interview airing today on Ellen, Paris Jackson says that dad Michael once told her, “If I die tomorrow, always remember what I told you.” And, she says, “I took his advice and I remembered everything he told me.” She also related how he influenced her to pursue an acting career, E! reports. “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 says.

He helped her start down that path: “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,” she says. Paris also recalls that growing up, she thought wearing a mask all the time was “stupid.” But as she got older, she began to realize her father “only tried to protect us,” she says. And, the Telegraph notes, it helped her later: “I do have like a regular childhood,” she says. “I mean, I'm treated the same. When I came to Buckley [school] they didn't know who I was. I was like, yes, I have a chance to be normal."

Michael Jackson's daughter Paris Jackson arrives at the Las Vegas premiere of Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil, December 3, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.   (Getty Images)
Prince Michael Jackson dances with Paris Jackson on stage for the finale of the Michael Forever the Tribute Concert, at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
In this Nov. 30, 2011 photo released by FOX, Michael Jackson's children, from left, Prince, Paris and Blanket sit in the audience at "The X Factor," in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/FOX, Michael Becker)
Paris Jackson and Blanket Jackson arrive with family members at the Las Vegas premiere of Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil, December 3, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.   (Getty Images)
Paris Jackson watches Chris Brown perform live as part of the F.A.M.E Tour at The Staples Center, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Katy Winn)
Paris Jackson arrives on stage at the Michael Forever the Tribute Concert, at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
From left, Prince Jackson, Blanket Jackson and Paris Jackson arrive on stage at the Michael Forever –The Tribute Concert, at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
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