Paris Jackson: Superstar’s daughter builds own identity in spotlight

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And, she admitted, normalcy can be tough to attain when a security detail escorts you to the mall.

Paris wants to make her own mark as an actress. She signed to star in the upcoming film, “Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys,” based on children’s fantasy novels.

“You can be like a totally different person on camera and it’s fun,” Paris told Winfrey. “You can take on another character and it’s awesome.”

The siblings are part of a family that has seen its share of public disputes.

Their grandmother, Katherine Jackson, shares guardianship with TJ Jackson, the son of Tito Jackson, under an agreement forged last year after the Jackson matriarch was away for 10 days. Katherine Jackson was eventually found to be at an Arizona spa with several of her sons and daughters.

 A missing person report triggered a media storm, with Paris tweeting for people to help find her grandmother or at least to get Jackson to call her grandchildren.

At the time, CNN obtained surveillance video that appeared to show Paris’ superstar aunt, Janet Jackson, attempting to take the then 14-year-old’s cell phone from her. Authorities reportedly broke up a scuffle at the Jackson family home after that event.

Paris and Prince, 16, are listed as potential witnesses in an ongoing trial. Members of the Jackson family contend AEG Live is liable in Michael Jackson’s 2009 fatal drug overdose. The siblings were questioned separately by AEG laywers before the wrongful death trial began in April.

“A grilling of a child regarding the loss of her father is going to create a lot of pressure,” Jackson trial lawyer Kevin Boyle said Wednesday. “Paris Jackson was asked intimate details about her father and her father’s death; it was a very intense situation.”

AEG Live lawyer Marvin Putnam denied his team was tough on Paris Jackson in her deposition.

In between the headlines, Paris continues in school, formulating her own dreams. She’s a cheerleader for her high school’s basketball team.

The teen was recently reunited with her mother, Debbie Rowe, who bowed out of her life when she was an infant. Paris has been spending time with Rowe on her horse farm.

Rowe is the biological mother of Prince and Paris. The couple divorced in 1999, with Rowe giving Jackson full custody while she got an $8.5 million settlement, according to court documents. Jackson later agreed to additional support.

Rowe said in a 2003 interview, later obtained by ABC News, that she became close to Jackson in 1996 when she consoled him after his brief marriage to Lisa Marie Presley ended.

Paris’ first solo TV interview was in December 2011, with Ellen DeGeneres. She told the host that as a young girl she did not realize Michael Jackson was so famous.

DeGeneres asked Paris whether she would be compared to her father if she performed music.

“Well, I understand that I will be put on a certain level compared to him, and I might not meet everybody’s standards,” Paris replied.

“But, I mean, it’s me,” she said to applause.
   
CNN’s Alan Duke and Emily Smith contributed to this report.
  

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