Paris Jackson's first interview: Those masks, plus how Michael Jackson inspired her acting career

paris-jackson-on-ellen.jpg Paris Jackson, Michael Jackson's only daughter, is about to make her acting debut as she's signed on to play Lundon in "Lundon's Bridge and the Three Keys," a fantasy series based on novels by Dennis Christen.

As part of her new career, Paris is even doing interviews -- including one on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," her first-ever solo interview. Paris, who recently has begun to attend "normal" school for the first time, remembers the days when her father insisted that she and her brothers Prince and Blanket wear masks while out in public.

"I'm like, 'This is stupid why am I wearing a mask?' But I kind of realized the older I got like he only tried to protect us and he'd explain that to us too," she says, acknowledging that the mask era afforded her a certain amount of normalcy. "I do have like a regular childhood. I mean, I'm treated the same. When I came to [my new school] they didn't know who I was. I was like, 'Yes, I have a chance to be normal.'"

Paris says that her father used to warn her that he might not be around forever.

"He said, if I die tomorrow always remember what I told you," she tells Ellen. "I took his advice and I remembered everything he told me."

In fact, Michael inspired Paris' budding acting career. "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. "I was little. I was younger than Blanket."

The interview airs Dec. 15.


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