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Feb252011

Exclusive: Michael Jackson's Kids Want Future in Showbiz

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Michael Jackson's older children seem set to continue in their late father's footsteps as entertainers, but they have their sights set on movies or acting. ABC News talked exclusively with Katherine Jackson, the children's grandmother, and with the children themselves: Prince Michael, 14, Paris, 12, and Blanket, 9.

"I'm looking at a couple of opportunities in show business. Mostly producing," Prince Michael told ABC News. He added that his interest in movie production was fostered by his famous father.

Jackson's mother, Katherine, said that her son took filmmaking classes with Prince. "We had a teacher from UCLA come to our house and we would do film classes there," Prince said. And when we were in Ireland, we would film a couple of movies with him, too."

Paris wants to be an actress. "I'm thinking about auditioning for a play next week," she said.

The children are flexing their creative muscle at home. "Paris dresses up like a little waitress or something, and they shoot their little movies," their grandmother said. Katherine Jackson said her grandchildren's interest comforts her, because they are doing what their father would have wanted.

The pop legend died June 25, 2009 after being administered a lethal dose of propofol, a powerful intravenous sedative. His personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of Jackson. The doctor has been ordered to stand trial for his alleged role in his patient's death. His attorneys allege he did nothing wrong.

The children recently attended a charitable event on behalf of Heal the World Foundation, on which Prince Michael serves as a board member. He said he and his siblings want to "continue what our dad was doing, like, helping children from across the world. And animals who couldn't speak up for themselves."

"Ditto," Paris added.

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