Michael Jackson’s only daughter, 14-year-old Paris, has inadvertently been in the spotlight her whole life. But now it’s her decision to be there. She talks with Glamour exclusively in the upcoming October issue about her acting career, her life and her passion for the environment. Courtesy of Glamour, LA’s the Place brings you an excerpt of Paris Jackson’s interview.
Check out what Paris shared with Glamour below:
On becoming an actress and what it means to her family-
“A lot of people don’t want me to do it [her aunt Janet Jackson has said, “She has the rest of her adult life to be that actress that she wants to be.… Your childhood—you completely lose”], but Aunt La Toya believes in me. She heard me play a little guitar and sing, and she started clapping, ‘Oh my God, oh my God.’ She really does encourage me; it’s just awesome of her.”
On proving herself-
“I love my dad, and I’m proud to be his daughter. I just don’t think the title ‘M.J.’s daughter’ fits me. A lot of people think he’s the only reason I’m making it, but I want to show that I do have talent and that I can make it if I try. I want to be my own person.”
On not following the crowd-
“The clique in my class, they don’t like me or my friend because we’re outside of the box. We’re not copycats. Prince calls me goth, but I’m more rock ‘n’ roll. (I listen to older music like AC/DC; Phil Collins is the ish.) A ton of kids at school have made fun of me; if I had to give advice to other girls, I would say, ‘Hang loose and ignore them. They shouldn’t faze you no matter how popular they think they are.’”
Glamour’s October issue is available now digitally (iPad, Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook Color), and on newsstands nationwide on September 11th.
Photo by Charles Bush, courtesy of Glamour.
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Written by Lanee Neil