He may not have the vocal abilities of his late father Michael, but Prince Jackson, the pop legend’s eldest child, is just as eager to make his mark on Hollywood.
In a rare interview just days before the fifth anniversary of Michael’s death (June 25), Prince opened up about his show business dreams and the lasting legacy of his superstar dad.
“I would like to be a director one day. But to be a good director you have to know how an actor works and feels on set,” the 17-year-old shared.
“I want to learn my craft and experience being in TV shows and possibly movies before I even consider going behind the camera.”
He’s already had some practice, serving as an on-air correspondent for Entertainment Tonight last year and filming a guest-spot on 90210.
“Being on that show was a very good learning experience for me and a lot of fun too,” he said. But the teen is conscious of the weight his name carries and isn’t interested in special treatment.
“I don’t expect to just walk into jobs or roles because of who I am. I want to learn my craft and work at being an actor,” Prince revealed, telling the Daily News his dad encouraged him and his siblings to act out scenes and brainstorm movie ideas.
“We want to keep my dad’s legend alive,” he added about the icon, who died from a fatal overdose of sedatives in 2009.
“He was the best father that anybody could have. He raised us the right way and there was nothing anyone can do to make us forget about him.”
When asked about how his siblings are coping, especially sister Paris, 16, who attempted suicide last summer, all the teenager would say is, “We are doing all right, thanks for asking.”