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Paris Jackson: Acting Debut Earns Praise From Colleagues

Paris Jackson is all grown up and ready to make her own waves in showbiz. The daughter of the late Michael Jackson was recently picked up by Fox to guest star in the musical drama series Star. Since then, her fellow cast mates and colleagues have had nothing but high praise for both her talent and work ethic.

In her onscreen debut, Jackson will be playing Rachel Wells, a “young, super-chic, stylish, and intimidating” woman. She oversees a publicity shoot for the girl group started by Star Davis (Jude Demorest), along with half-sister Simone (Brittany O’Grady), and Alex Crane (Ryan Destiny). Along the way, she coaxes the girls into pushing some boundaries. Paris Jackson also joins Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt, and Lenny Kravitz in the cast.

She’s A Natural

So far, Jackson seems to be fitting right in. “She’s her own unique spirit,” Brittany said of the young actress at the Atlanta Television Festival, according to Wet Paint. “Really beautiful, kind, and humble. And she’s herself, and I think that’s super important, especially in the position that she’s been in.”

“She’s also really good at acting!” Ryan said, adding, “I definitely see her doing some really cool stuff in the future, too, besides the show.”

Others heaped on the praise, calling her “a badass”, “authentic”, “real”. They admitted that her name is iconic as well, and will lend some automatic star-power to the show just by joining the cast. But being the King of Pop’s daughter aside, it looks like Paris Jackson’s talents are the real deal.

The first hints that Paris was joining Star came when she posted a selfie with show creator Lee Daniels. Daniels is best known for his work on another of Fox’s dramas, Empire. He’s also directed Precious and The Butler. The photo quickly invited rumors about her inclusion on the show, which she first tried to deny. Now that the truth has come out, however, we can’t wait to see how she does.

Some Needed Talent

Despite the strong track record of Daniels, the first season of Star has, so far, failed to garner critical reviews. The show has scored only 32% on Rotten Tomatoes. The consensus reads: “Despite Queen Latifah’s strong performance, Lee Daniels’ Star is weighed down by sloppy melodrama and overly cartoonish stereotypes.”

Perhaps, Paris Jackson will be able to inject some unique dose of talent into her episodes. Though her role isn’t a regular one yet by any means, having a Jackson onboard can’t possibly hurt the show’s chances of righting the ship.

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