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TODAY   |  April 15, 2013

Paris Jackson opens up about dad in new interview

Michael Jackson’s daughter is revealing some surprising new details about her childhood and her famous father in a new interview, calling him “very protective” and expressing the desire to rebuild her childhood home, Neverland Ranch. NBC’s Andrea Canning reports.

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>>> michael jackson 's now 15-year-old daughter paris is speaking out in a very revealing interview. andrea canning is here with what she's saying. good morning to you.

>> good morning. one thing she said really surprised me so we'll see if we're on the same page about that. paris jackson opens up about growing up with dad michael the current state of neverland ranch and whether she wants to follow in her father's famous footsteps.

>> daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine.

>> reporter: four years after the world heard paris jackson speak for the first time at her father's memorial she's revealing her desire to rebuild her famous childhood home, neverland ranch . in an interview with "the daily mail " in sunday's "event" magazine, "i think it should be restored to how it used to be so the children who couldn't have a childhood could have fun there." she says, "we all loved him to death. we that good energy where you just didn't want to leave."

>> this is the man who was her father, the only father she ever knew and she's sharing her memories and hoping the world remembers the good side of michael jackson .

>> reporter: she sheds light on the bizarre images of her and her brothers covered with masks and scarves when out in public with michael. "he was very protective. he didn't want anyone to see what we looked like, that way he could have what he didn't, which was a normal childhood." though he tried to shield paris from the spotlight he did teach her his craft. "my dad taught me how to dance, and yes he did teach me the moonwalk." on following in her father's famous footsteps she says "i want to be an actress but just throughout high school . then i want to go to med skical school and be a doctor specializing in heart surgery ." for now, paris wants to be a normal teenager, cheerleading with friends, trying out new hairstyles but says it's difficult with constant security. "i'm on a tight leash and i feel if that leash was loosened a little bit i'd have a chance at a normal childhood."

>> you hope she keeps on this path where her thoughts are clear, she knows what she wants.

>> paris also spoke briefly about rekindling her relationship with her birth mother, debbie rowe , saying they had fun shopping together on her birthday. the article reports paris 's grandmother, katherine, was okay a little bit.

>> i wonder if the leash loosened by security or would she prefer people stop be curious and leave her alone.

>> maybe a little bit of both. i was surprised by the heart surgeon part.

>> actress through high school and wants to go to med school .

>> how many people can say they've done that? good for her and good luck.