Paris Jackson is ready to step out of her late father Michael's shadow.
In the October issue of Glamour, the 14-year-old aspiring actress says she's determined to prove herself in Hollywood, without the help of her famous family's surname. "I love my dad, and I'm proud to be his daughter. I just don't think the title 'M.J.'s daughter' fits me," Paris explains. "A lot of people think he's the only reason I'm making it, but I want to show that I do have talent and that I can make it if I try. I want to be my own person."
(Sources recently told Us Weekly that Paris' aunt, Janet Jackson, "feels it goes against Michael's wishes to keep his kids out of the limelight until age 18." The 46-year-old "Control" singer had previously told Prevention "now is not the time" for Paris to become an actress. "I told her I thought she should enjoy being a kid, possibly go to college -- or not -- but wait till she turns 18.")
"A lot of people don't want me to do it, but Aunt La Toya believes in me," Paris tells Glamour of La Toya, 56. "She heard me play a little guitar and sing, and she started clapping, 'Oh my God, oh my God.' She really does encourage me; it's just awesome of her."
No matter what, Paris is determined to stay true to herself -- even if it means getting ridiculed by her peers. "The clique in my class, they don't like me or my friend because we're outside of the box. We're not copycats. [My brother] Prince calls me goth, but I'm more rock 'n' roll," the wide-eyed brunette explains. "A ton of kids at school have made fun of me; if I had to give advice to other girls, I would say, 'Hang loose and ignore them. They shouldn't faze you no matter how popular they think they are.'"