Her father, Michael, is the legendary pop icon. Paris Jackson talked to Ellen about what life has been like for her and her family in the past few months. The full interview airs Thursday on Ellen.
Ellen: So you're doing a movie. You're going to be in a movie. Is this something you've known you wanted to do for a while?
Paris: Yeah, I love acting.
Ellen: You love acting? How early on did you know you wanted to act?
Paris: When I was really little. My dad was in the move "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.
Ellen: How old were you then?
Paris: I was little. I was younger then Blanket.
Ellen: Really, Did you tell him? Did you tell your Dad that you wanted to act?
Paris: Yeah, we would do improv together. He would give us little scenarios. He would say, 'Okay, in this scene you're going to cry'… and I'd cry on the spot.
Ellen: You could cry on the spot?
Ellen: That's impressive. Then you got way with all kinds of things. Then he didn't know if you were really crying or if you were just acting.
Paris: Apparently, I was "faking" it a lot of the time.
Paris on a 'Chance to Be Normal'
Ellen: How are you enjoying school?
Paris: I love it. It's definitely a different experience.
Ellen: …Do they treat you differently? Do you feel like you have a very regular childhood?
Paris: I do have 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.
Ellen: They didn't know who you were because you used to wear masks all the time. When you would wear the masks, do you remember thinking, because obviously your dad did that to protect you so nobody would know who you are and you could do out and have a regular life… Do you remember wearing a mask and going, 'this is kind of weird'?
Paris: Yeah, I'm like, this is stupid, why am I wearing a mask? But I kind of realized the older I got, he only tried to protect us and he'd explain that to us, too.
Memorable Moments with Michael
Ellen: The most memorable thing that your Dad said to you was…
Paris: He said, 'If I die tomorrow, always remember what I told you.' I took his advice and I remembered everything he told me.
Ellen: That's amazing.