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Paris Jackson: Wearing Mask in Public Gives Me Chance to Be Normal

December 15, 2011 (1:29 am) GMT
Though finding it stupid when she was younger, the teen daughter of Michael Jackson admits to Ellen DeGeneres that it was her father's way to protect her and her brothers.

Though finding it weird having to wear a mask when she was younger, credits it for giving her a regular childhood. The teen daughter of opened up about life with the late King of Pop when making her first ever solo interview on a Thursday, December 15 episode of "".

During the chat, the 13-year-old told host she has a regular childhood despite her father's fame. "I mean, I'm treated the same. When I came to [my school,] they didn't know who I was. I was like, yes, I have a chance to be normal," she said before Ellen noted, "They didn't know who you were because you used to wear masks all the time."

When Ellen asked her if she had ever thought that wearing the mask was weird, she responded, "Yeah, I'm, like, this is stupid, why am I wearing a mask?" She, however, was quick to explain, "But I kind of realized the older I got, [my dad] only tried to protect us and he'd explain that to us too."

Paris, who was brought in to fill in for after the actress missed her flight to Los Angeles from Hawaii, also talked about the most memorable thing her late father told her. She shared, "He said, 'If I die tomorrow, always remember what I told you.' I took his advice, and I remembered everything he told me."

The teen has recently landed a role in "". During the sit-down, she admitted that she knew she wants to act from early age. "My dad was in the movie 'Moonwalker' and I knew he could sing really well but I didn't know he could act," she said. "I saw that and I said, wow, I want to be just like him."

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