As many of us remember, the late Michael Jackson went to great (sometimes unbelievable) lengths to keep his children, Paris and Prince Jackson, out of the limelight. Paris, now fourteen, has landed a lead role in the forthcoming fantasy movie Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys. While this is probably exciting news for a young girl with dreams of acting, her Aunt Janet Jackson has a very different take, and feels that her deceased brother would not be pleased to see his daughter entering showbiz at such a young age. Details inside.
The HuffPost has the story:
Janet Jackson is reportedly “furious” that her niece, Paris, daughter of her late brother Michael Jackson, has landed a role in the upcoming film, “Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys.”
Us Weekly is reporting that Jackson “feels it goes against Michael’s wishes to keep his kids out of the the limelight until age 18,” according to a source who spoke with the magazine.
Paris, 14, landed the role back in December, and aunt Janet has previously expressed concern over her niece entering the spotlight so soon.
“We’ve spoken about the fact that you’re only a child once,” Janet told Preventionmagazine in May. “I think there’s a time for everything, and now is not the time [to act in films]. I told her I thought she should enjoy being a kid, possibly go to college—or not—but wait till she turns 18. She’s a very tough, smart girl. But it’s a cutthroat industry. I wouldn’t want my child to do it.”
During the manslaughter trial of Conrad Murray in October 2011, personal tape recordings of Michael Jackson were released which revealed Michael’s unshakable pain over not having a childhood.
“My performances will be up there helping my children and always be my dream,” Jackson said in the tapes, as previously reported by ABC News. “I loved them. I love them because I didn’t have a childhood. I had no childhood. I feel their pain. I feel their hurt. I can deal with it.”
Still, Paris has always dreamed of emulating her father.
“When I was really little, my dad was in the movie ‘Moonwalker’ and I knew he could sing really well, but I didn’t know he could act,” Paris Jackson told Elen DeGeneres in an interview last December. “I saw that and I said, ‘Wow, I want to be just like him.’”
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I see where Auntie Janet‘s coming from on this one. However, Paris is her own person and it’s hard to keep a child from doing what they want to do– especially if you’re not legally responsible for them. I don’t follow the Jackson family closely so I don’t know all of the details but it looks like Michael Jackson‘s mother Katherine Jackson is raising Paris, and she seems to think that her granddaughter is ready for the movies… whatever that means. The good news, I suppose, is that Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys is very much a children’s movie. The fantasy story about a dolphin that turns human, is based on a YA series by Dennis H. Christen.
Still, one wonders if it is too soon for young Paris, and if there’s some danger in her wanting to follow in her father’s footsteps. Do you think the family should have pulled together and made Paris wait? Or is there little difference between a 14-year old actor and an 18-year old actor?
Paris has also been in the news for some twitter beef between herself and her uncle Randy Jackson.