Michael’s Jackson’s son, the inevitably named Prince Michael Jackson, has landed a job as an on-air correspondent on Entertainment Tonight.
At just 16-years-old, the teenager kicked off his new career interviewing the stars of Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful at a press junket in Pasadena this weekend.
“I’ve been raised around stuff like this,” Prince revealed in a press release announcing his new role, “so it was different being the interviewer instead of the one being interviewed,”
For his first interview Jackson double-teamed with ET’s Brooke Anderson to probe Oz actors James Franco and Zach Braff and director Sam Raimi about their new film, a modern take MGM’s original 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, USA Today reports.
In footage from the interview which aired today, Prince told Anderson, “I’m looking to become well-rounded as a producer, director, screenwriter and actor.”
When his co-host commented that he seemed much wiser and older than his years, the young man replied, “That’s what most of my people say. That was all thanks to my dad. He raised me right.”
Franco offered this advice to the budding media star, “I always tell people, just go out and try, and stop waiting around or dreaming it’s going to happen. Just go and start doing things on your own.”
Asked what his dream interview would be, without skipping a beat, Prince said:
“Peter Jackson, because I love his movies. Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and King Kong. I just love the way he shoots [and how] he brings things and depicts it back to life. I used to study his movies with my dad, put the volume off and just watch it, just the shots to see how he put it together.”
After the drama of last year’s bitter tug-of-war between some of Michael Jackson’s siblings and the executors of the late entertainer’s estate, which resulted in guardianship of of Prince, Paris, and Blanket being shared between Katherine Jackson and Tito Joe (T.J.) Jackson, it’s quite something to see Prince has emerged from all of that with his focus intact.
You can watch Prince’s debut interview below. How do you think he did?