Michael Jackson’s three children have been under the media’s watch ever since their father died.  What are they like, how are they doing, and are they messed up from their father’s way of life?  Well, if Michael’s 13-year-old daughter Paris is any indication, the three are doing just fine. 

Paris gave a rare taped interview this week on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, and from what we can decipher from a partial transcript, she comes across very smart, aware, and articulate.  Some few choice quotations:

On the masks they wore when they were little:

“Yeah, I’m like, ‘This is stupid, why am I wearing a mask?’…But I kind of realized the older I got, like, he only tried to protect us and he’d explain that to us too.”

On being a normal kid in school:

“I do have like a regular childhood…I mean, I’m treated the same. When I came to Buckley (School) they didn’t know who I was. I was like, yes, I have a chance to be normal.”

On when she realized she wanted to act:

“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. I saw that and I said, wow, I want to be just like him.

“We would do ‘improv’ together. He would give us little scenarios. He would (say) ‘OK, in this scene you’re going to cry’ and I’d cry on the spot.”

Paris will be acting in a new movie, LUNDON’S BRIDGE, based on a novel by Dennis Christen.  She will play Lundon O’Malley in “the war between the land and the sea.”

Half the proceeds from the film and sales of the book will be donated to schools with insufficient funding.

Michael would be proud…