Paris Jackson: I'm More Than Just Michael Jackson's Daughter
The 14-year-old wants to start a career in show business on her own terms
“I love my dad, and I’m proud to be his daughter,” Jackson, 14, tells Glamour for its October issue. “I just don’t think the title ‘M.J.’s daughter’ fits me.”
Jackson maintains an active Twitter presence, and has already booked her first movie role – in the upcoming film Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys.
“A lot of people think that [my dad’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,” she tells the magazine. “I want to be my own person.”
One person who has been especially supportive of the teen: her aunt.
“A lot of people don’t want me to [be an actress],” she says, “but Aunt La Toya believes in me. She heard me play a little guitar and sing.”
Continues Paris: “She really does encourage me; it’s just awesome of her.”
Paris and her siblings – Prince, 15, and Blanket, 10, – were recently embroiled in some family drama over their custody, but the dispute was resolved last month with grandma Katherine Jackson reinstated as their guardian.
Through it all, she has maintained her independence – especially when it comes to finding her own voice in relation to her peers.
“A ton of kids at school have made fun of me,” she says. “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.’ ”