Michael Jackson's lasting advice to his only daughter was simple.
"He said, 'If I die tomorrow, always remember what I told you.' I took his advice, and I remembered everything he told me," Paris Jackson, 13, told Ellen DeGeneres.
The King of Pop shaped Paris' life in fundamental ways, from her desire to pursue acting to far more important lessons, she reveals in the interview, airing Thursday.
Here's a clip of Paris Jackson on Ellen:
"My dad was in the movie Moonwalker; 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.
The female Jackson recently scored her first film role. A family rep confirmed she 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."
"I'm like, 'This is stupid, why am I wearing a mask?' " she says. "But I realized the older I got, like, he only tried to protect us. And he'd explain that to us, too."
When she enrolled at the prestigious Buckley School, she appreciated it.
"I have a normal childhood. I'm treated the same," she says. "When I came to [school], they didn't know who I was. I was like, yes, I have a chance to be normal."
All in all, Paris seems like a smart, grounded, well-raised young woman. For all the negative things said about MJ, he was apparently perennial Father of the Year.