15/12/2011 01:54 GMT | Updated 13/02/2012 05:12 GMT

Paris Jackson Tells Ellen DeGeneres: 'Father Michael Jackson's Masks Were Stupid, Made Sense Later'

Paris Jackson has defended her father Michael's decision to put her and her brothers in masks throughout her childhood, though she admitted at first she thought, "This is stupid, why am I wearing a mask?"

Paris, speaking to Ellen DeGeneres on her chat show, explained that she realised as she got older that her father's idea meant that she and her brothers could have a relatively normal childhood.

The 13-year-old teenager also revealed how her superstar father inspired her to be an actress, when she saw him for the first time in 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.'

"I was little. I was younger than Blanket."

Michael showed his daughter how to act during improvisation sessions where he told when to cry, Paris revealed.

Her eccentric father's efforts have now paid off, it seems, with Paris cast in her first big screen role, alongside Larry King no less, in

fantasy film Lundon's Bridge And The Three Keys.