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Paris Jackson

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So many fans have faced the tragedy of seeing an icon pass away, but we can only imagine the effect Michael Jackson's death had on his children.

Luckily, Paris Jackson lets us know while appearing on Ellen (airing Thursday) that she will use her father's memory as inspiration to follow her dreams. The young Miss Jackson also discusses her latest acting gig, explains what it was like to wear a mask as a child and shares the most memorable thing her father told her.

We might be surprised to hear about Paris' latest film endeavors, but she explains that it was a long time coming.

Jackson tells Ellen DeGeneres that she's wanted to act since "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."

Quite the useful talent to have as a child, if we do say so ourselves.

Growing up wearing a mask must have seemed strange to the young girl, but Paris realizes that her father was only doing this to protect her and give her the chance of a normal childhood.

"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."

And as far as the most memorable thing Jackson has said to Paris...

"He said, 'If I die tomorrow, always remember what I told you.' I took his advice and I remembered everything he told me."