Noel Vasquez/Getty ImagesParis Jackson is Michael Jackson's daughter, but the 14-year-old aspiring actress says she doesn't want that to be her only identity.
In the new issue of Glamour magazine, Michael's middle child says, "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...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."
Paris has already landed her first acting role, in the film Lundon's Bridge and the Three Keys, but she says she doesn't want people to think her late father is the reason why she got the part. "A lot of people think he's the only reason I'm making [the movie]," she tells Glamour, and adds that "a lot of people [in her family] don't want me to" act. One person who is in her corner, she says, is her aunt La Toya Jackson.
"[She] believes in me. She heard me play a little guitar and sing, and she started clapping, 'Oh my God, oh my God,'" Paris says. "She really does encourage me; it's just awesome of her."
Paris' family connections haven't helped her at school, either. "A ton of kids at school have made fun of me," she reveals. According to Paris, she doesn't fit in with "the clique in my class" because she's "outside of the box." How so? She explains, "[My brother] Prince calls me goth, but I'm more rock 'n' roll. I listen to older music like AC/DC; Phil Collins is the ish."
So what's her advice to other kids who get hassled at school? "I would say, 'Hang loose and ignore them,'" says Paris of bullies. "They shouldn't faze you no matter how popular they think they are." The King of Pop would be proud.
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