Just like her late father Michael, Paris Jackson knows how tough it can be to live life in the spotlight. But somehow, that only seems to have made the 14-year-old aspiring actress, who's landed a role in the 2013 film "Lundon's Bridge and the Three Keys," more determined to stay there. In a new interview with Glamour, the teen opens up about her showbiz dreams. "A lot of people don't want me to do it," Paris tells the mag, acknowledging comments like the one her aunt Janet Jackson made during an interview with “Access Hollywood”: "[Paris] has the rest of her adult life to be that actress that she wants to be.... Your childhood — you completely lose." However, as Paris notes, her aunt La Toya Jackson, is very supportive of her goals. "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."
Paris and her brothers Prince, 15, and Blanket, 10, have a complicated relationship with many of their extended family members. In July, a judge ordered that guardianship of the three be shared between Michael's mother Katherine Jackson, formerly their sole guardian, and their cousin T.J. Jackson, the son of Michael's brother Tito. While Paris doesn't elaborate on any of the family drama, she does note that she doesn't expect any special treatment in her career because of her famous moniker. "I love my dad, and I'm proud to be his daughter," Paris says. "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."
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At school, it sounds like the high school freshman is quite comfortable being herself — even when that makes her unpopular. Jackson is enrolled at the famous Buckley School that Kim Kardashian and Nicole Richie attended. "The clique in my class, they don't like me or my friend because we're outside of the box. We're not copycats," Paris shares. "Prince calls me goth, but I'm more rock 'n' roll. I listen to older music like AC/DC; Phil Collins is the ish." (Note for the over-30 crowd: "ish" is good!) Paris continues, "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.'" Pretty wise words coming from a teen!
Read the full interview with Paris in the October issue of Glamour.
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