Paris Jackson on Michael Jackson: Why Am I Wearing a Mask?

December 14, 2011 By:
Paris Jackson on Michael Jackson: Why Am I Wearing a Mask?

Michael Jackson's 13-year-old daughter Paris Jackson made her first ever solo TV appearance on the Ellen Degeneres show. She opened up about her new acting career, following her dad's advice and what was up with the Jackson children wearing masks all the time.

Michael used to go out in public with his children only if they covered their faces with bizarre masquerade-type masks.

Paris admitted to Ellen, "I was like 'This is stupid, why am I wearing a mask?'"

It's okay Paris, we wondered the same thing too.

But she says, she later learned that Michael only did it to protect his kids, so that no-one would recognize them and maybe they could hope for a normal childhood.

"I kind of realized the older I got, he only tried to protect us and he'd explain that to us too," says Paris.

It worked. "When I came to [elementary school], they didn't know who I was and I was like, 'yes, a chance to be normal.'"

Wearing a low fedora in honor of her dad's iconic hat, the incredibly mature Paris told Ellen that she wants to be just like dear old dad.

Paris just landed her first acting gig, as the heroine in the fantasy film, Lundon Bridge and the Three Keys and tells Ellen, "I love acting."

While most famous parents hope their kids never follow them into Hollywood, because of something I call the "Lindsay Lohan effect," Michael wants his kids to be stars!

"When I was really little," says Paris, "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.'"