Paris on Michael Jackson's parenting: Why am I wearing a mask?
Michael Jackson's 13-year-old daughter Paris Jackson went on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and opened up about her childhood, addressing her father's unique parenting style.
Michael Jackson was notoriously private about his three children, Prince Michael, 14, Paris, 13 and Blanket, 9, and when out in public, covered their faces with masquerade masks or scarves (Paris is pictured above with her father at his Berlin hotel room in 2002 with what appears to be a napkin over her head).
"I'm like, 'This is stupid, why am I wearing a mask?'" Paris told Ellen DeGeneres, in an episode set to air on Thursday. "But I kind of realized the older I got, like, he only tried to protect us. And he'd explain that to us, too."
Paris opened up to the talk show host about her father's hope for his children, "He said, 'If I die tomorrow, always remember what I told you.' I took his advice, and I remembered everything he told me," Jackson said.
Jackson recently landed her first film role in the upcoming "Lundon's Bridge and the Three Keys" and said that it was her father's "Moonwalker" role that made her want to go into acting.
"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 improv together," she added. "He would give us little scenarios. He would go, 'Okay, in this scene you're going to cry,' and I'd cry on the spot."
Paris Jackson will appear in the mixed live-action and animated "Lundon's Bridge and the Three Keys" as heroine Lundon O'Malley, who survives the brainwashing of a jellyfish queen in the ocean.
The film is based on a young adult fantasy novel of the same name, written by Dennis Chrsten. Filming begins in January for the movie, which is the first in a series of five Lundon O'Malley films.
According to the film's IMDB page, the film will also star Joey Fatone, "The Love Boat" actor Ted Lange and Larry King and his wife Shawn Southwick, who is slated to portray Queen Dalina.
Half of all the proceeds from the film and corresponding books, which feature Paris on the cover, will be donated to schools.
"Paris realizes not all children are lucky enough to attend private schools where certain departments have not been cut," read a press release for the book, obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com. "This is the first time ever a major motion picture/book is donating 50% of all the proceeds directly back to our schools."
After Michael Jackson died at age 50 on June 25, 2009 at his Los Angeles home, his children moved in with the singer's mother, who lives several miles away. The three have largely kept out of the spotlight but have spoken to the press occasionally. Prince and Paris, who had previously been homeschooled, began attending private school and Paris told "Ellen" that she was grateful to be treated the same as her classmates.
"I'm treated the same," she says. "When I came to [her school], they didn't know who I was. I was like, yes, I have a chance to be normal."
Autopsy results show that Paris' father Michael Jackson died from an overdose of propofol, a powerful anesthetic that the singer referred to as his "milk," and other sedatives. The pop star's doctor Conrad Murray administered the drugs to Jackson in the hours before his death and was sentenced to four years in prison on November 29.
Paris signed on to appear on "Ellen" after troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan missed her flight back from Hawaii to Los Angeles for the taping. Lohan was set to discuss her Playboy magazine photo spread. She did make it back in time to appear in court on Wednesday, where the judge congratulated her on her progress.
Watch a clip of Paris Jackson on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" below.