Why wearing a mask as a kid felt ‘stupid.’
In a last minute effort to keep the universe entertained Ellen Degeneres dug through her rolodex and was able to come up with the details of Paris Jackson, the famed daughter of Michael Jackson as a last minute replacement for Lindsay Lohan who was hustling to get to court after missing an earlier flight from Hawaii after her adventures there.
And 13 year old Paris didn’t disappoint:
people: Paris also talks about wearing a mask as a child, which she admits was a bit weird. “I’m like, ‘This is stupid, why am I wearing a mask?’ ” she says. “But I kind of realized the older I got, like, he only tried to protect us. And he’d explain that to us, too.”
Weird? Please Paris, if only realized what a cult you created with that mask of yours. Let’s be honest who wouldn’t lock themselves in the bathroom secretly trying all sorts of masks to eventually one day wear in public? If Paris could wear one why couldn’t a mere mortal?
But Paris has had a change of heart, masks it seems are not the be all and the end all.
Nowadays, she adds, she lives a relatively normal life. “I’m treated the same,” she says. “When I came to [her school], they didn’t know who I was. I was like, yes, I have a chance to be normal.”
Normal? No Paris, please do not ever become normal, ever. Whatever neat little trick up your sleeve you have pull it out now. A horse sack over your head, sure I can go with that. Missing gloves with an extra finger sprinkled with fake diamond tinsel? Yes I could believe that too? A rope attached to an umbrella that would let you fly away on a blustery day, yes yes Paris I could desperately go for that. What’s the reward in being normal? I’d rather have you fantastical. Any stunt, nose job, hysterical fit, self induced addiction I could go for that, anything Paris to keep me locked away in permanent self disbelief in front of my chair would suit me just fine.
And when asked by Ms
Normal Degeneres herself about her aspirations this is what our homegrown sweetheart had to say:
“My dad was in the movie Moonwalker, and I knew he could sing really well but I didn’t know he could act. I saw that and I said, ‘Wow, I want to be just like him,’ ” says Paris, who has a role in the upcoming fantasy movie Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys.
“We would do improv together,” she adds. “He would give us little scenarios. He would go, ‘Okay, in this scene you’re going to cry,’ and I’d cry on the spot.”
Yes yes Paris, you could be an actress, an actress of immense talent, an actress of self inflicted wounds, an actress with a smattering of love interests, splattered champagne glasses, an actress that could make us collectively smile and collectively cry. Paris you are the vision I was waiting for before Lindsay Lohan canceled her appointment this afternoon.