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The World According To Paris Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

This is an interview with Paris Hilton on May 16, 2011 about the show The World According To Paris.

Paris Hilton

Question:
What is The World According to Paris and why did you choose to come back to TV now?

Paris Hilton:
The World According to Paris is a look at everything I go through from the moment I wake up until I go to bed at night, every single day. And I really wanted to do a show to show who I really am because I feel like on the Simple Life and My BFF show I was playing a character and something I was doing for fun but this is something that I'm really excited for all my fans to see.

Question:
Are there any plans of you settling down and having children?

Paris Hilton:
I would love to one day. Right now I'm just so busy with work and traveling but one day I would love that.

Question:
Are you still friends with Lindsay, Nicole, or Brittany?

Paris Hilton:
Yes, I'm friends with all of them.

Question:
How has the new show been therapeutic for you in overcoming certain insecurities and discovering who you want to be for the rest of your life?

Paris Hilton:
Well, I think I just learn that in everyday life. It's not the show but on the show, I think, it was a good chance for me just to show who I am and that I'm a human and I go through the same things that everyone does. So I think when people watch it they maybe won't see me as such a cartoon character any more. They'll see me as a real person.

Question:
Even though some people may have a certain perception of you from when you were 20 or 25, how hard is it to deal with that knowing who you really are inside?

Paris Hilton:
I think people are judged what they do when they're 20 years old. Everyone goes through things and when you're a kid and you have fun but now I just turned 30 years old. I'm an adult. I've been through so much and I've really grown up over the past years. So when people watch the show they'll see that.

Question:
Given what Brooke was going through with Charlie, how did you want to approach that in terms of helping Brooke get through it?

Paris Hilton:
I just tried to be there as a friend as much as possible and just she's lonely sometimes so setting her up on dates and just being there for her when she has problems and trying to help her with them.

Question:
This show's very different from Simple Life. It's not My BFF. You actually show some tears and things can get pretty dramatic. Did you have any apprehensions to doing the show and to opening yourself to the cameras this way?

Paris Hilton:
Yes, I've never let so much access with cameras into my life and they were there all day and all night. So everything that would happen during the month through shooting was on camera. And yes, of course, there's a lot of things, like, I can't believe that I'm going to be showing on TV.

I never thought I would cry on TV, I think I just always wanted everything to be perfect but that's not how life is. In life people go through things and people get upset and things happen. And I wanted the fans to see everything as real as possible and what's really going on. So even though it's embarrassing for people to watch me cry it's what really happens.

Question:
Do you feel like the public hasn't seen the real Paris Hilton? Did you want to make it a point to show people with this show?

Paris Hilton:
Yes, I think they definitely have, I think just because the Simple Life is where I started and where everyone saw me first years ago. They assume that's how I really am everyday of my life but I'm not. So, yes, I'm just excited for everyone to see me in my real world.

Other shows that I've done, like, we had to travel and be, like, a fish out of water and live in places we didn't live with people we didn't know but now this is really my world and my life, my real friends, my family, my boyfriend. So people are really going to get to see me in my own environment, which they haven't before.

Question:
Do you have any plans to release any new music any time soon?

Paris Hilton:
I have a recording studio at my house so any time I have free time I'm always in the studio writing and working. So I've been working on this album a really long time because I want it to be perfect and I recently changed the direction of the album. It was more pop before but now I'm getting rid of a lot of songs and I'm going into a different direction, just house music so it's going to be a lot more dance and club but it should be out really soon.

Question:
During the filming for this show is there anything that you were surprised to learn about yourself?

Paris Hilton:
That I'm really sensitive. I've not always been really sensitive but when you have a camera on you, like, almost 24 hours a day everyday for months at a time, it can be stressful. And I don't know. I was very stressed out sometimes but I realized how sensitive I am.

Question:
What would you say is the public's single biggest misconception about you or your family?

Paris Hilton:
I think just because of the Hilton last name people assume that I'm a spoiled brat who doesn't have to work or doesn't do anything for herself but really it's the opposite. I've been working since I was 17 and I've created a huge empire now. I have 17 different product lines and I'm working every single day, traveling the world.

Just because I was a party girl before when I started out, they assume that's how I really am still. But when I'm at parties now it's for work. I'm either being paid to be there or I'm promoting a product or something, a different project I'm working on. I think that is one of the biggest misconceptions.

Question:
In addition to the show, what are some other projects that you have in the works right now?

Paris Hilton:
Finishing the album. I'm writing another book. I have my newest clothing line coming out and sunglasses. I'm working on my new skin care line that should be out soon and makeup. I'm also doing some different projects overseas, opening my own beach clubs and next I'm going to be opening my own hotels.

Question:
You mentioned earlier that some of your other previous reality shows you kind of felt that you played a character or cartoon. And I'm wondering if you could tell us why at the time you felt it was ideal to play a character on those shows and if you feel any regret that right now you're kind of having to combat that image of yourself?

Paris Hilton:
This was the beginning of reality television and I don't think there was any other reality shows on TV at this point. So I had never been on camera before. I had never done a reality show. I was really new to it. And the producers told Nicole just to be a troublemaker and have fun and kind of play that character. They said, we want you to play something like Clueless meets Green Acres, they said, just play out, like, the dumb blonde character. And I didn't realize this show would go on for so many seasons. So I had to continue doing that character every season. And also I think I was very shy and it was kind of easier to hide behind that character.

And now when I think about it, it was so long ago and the show was such a huge success and really it was entertaining so I don't regret it because I think people really enjoyed that character. But now I'm an adult and I'm ready to show who I really am, I've been through a lot in life and I just feel like what else could happen, you know. I'm not afraid to show who I am and to be honest.

Question:
In terms of the entertainment business as a whole, do you have a goal in mind where you ultimately want to be? Would you enjoy a scripted series or more movies? Or is your passion more in music?

Paris Hilton:
I have an offer to do a scripted series but I would be really bored I think. I really enjoy reality. I love being myself and I think it's also a huge platform to show all my brands and my products. So that's not my life goal, obviously. I think it's fun to do and I enjoy it and I really have enjoyed doing The World According to Paris. My goal is just to be happy and successful and build a huge empire and then have a family and have my own children and continue being a businesswoman and get more involved in real estate and open my own properties. And that's my main goal.

Question:
So did you put your mom through a gruesome casting call to get on the show?

Paris Hilton:
I was so excited to have my mom as part of the show. She's such a character. It's so funny and always makes me laugh. So I just had to have her on the show. Plus it's my whole life and my mom and I are really close and she's a big part of my life. So of course, she's going to be there with me on it.

Question:
Are we going to see a lot of mother-daughter scenes?

Paris Hilton:
Yes, my mom and I we've always been so close and I talked to her about everything and see her all the time. So throughout the show people are going to really get to see the mother-daughter relationship. I don't think people have ever seen that with me before. So I'm excited for people to get to know my mom.

Question:
What did you all do for Mother's Day?

Paris Hilton:
For Mother's day, we all went to the house and then the whole family went to Boa for dinner and just spent time with my mom.

Question:
Did you film anything in New York for the show?

Paris Hilton:
Yes, I was born in New York so I feel like a New Yorker at heart, I love it there. So yes, we went for my birthday to New York and celebrated there. And I did the David Letterman show so that will be all on the show as well.

Question:
Okay. My first question is, what advice would you give to people who look up to you?

Paris Hilton:
I would tell them if they want to achieve their dreams they should always do as much as they can get to get them and to be confident and to be a good person. And what you give back to the world you get to yourself so just to be a good person and good karma will come to them.

Question:
You seem to be involved in a lot of entrepreneurship and the reality shows and the singing, is there one thing that you haven't done yet that you would like to do?

Paris Hilton:
I've done so much in my life I feel like I've done almost everything I wanted to do except for, as I was saying before, the real estate and doing my own hotels so that's one thing I want to accomplish.

Question:
You said that it's really important for you to have people see you as you really are now and I understand why you would want them to know the business side of you because you have created this empire. But why is it important to you that millions of people that you don't know who you are personally?

Paris Hilton:
I feel like there's this false conception of me out there and I don't think it's fair to be judged on what tabloid lies people write and perception from a reality show and someone who's being a character. So I just want people just to know me for me.

Question:
When this is a success, taking a positive attitude, are you ready to do another season with the cameras being so intrusive in your life?

Paris Hilton:
Am I ready for that? Yes, I'm ready. I've been doing this so long and I'm so used to it so, yes. I'm ready.

Question:
With this really crazy schedule what do you do to relax?

Paris Hilton:
I love to get massages. It's like when I relax. I try to do that at least once a week. And also I just love being in my backyard with all my pets and just playing with my puppies and all my animals and that really relaxes me. I just love being around animals, just make me really happy.

Question:
On the show it has the paparazzi chasing you around like always. How do you deal with that everyday?

Paris Hilton:
It's just something I've learned to get used to. It's been going on for so long. It's just, like, a regular part of my life and I don't know. I just try not to pay attention because they're going to be there. And rather than making myself go crazy and being annoyed about it I just say that it's normal and I'm used to it.

I think the only hard part is when there's so many of them, like, sometimes there could be, like, 30 or 40 of them and they're all chasing me in their cars and they're all trying to get through the red light and they all want to make sure they don't lose me. So it gets a little dangerous when everybody's trying to get behind me and it gets a little scary being in a car with them.

Question:
Do you keep in touch with any of your past BFFs on any of those shows or your gay BFFs and all that who was really into you?

Paris Hilton:
Yes, I love Stephen. He's really sweet who won last season and also my Dubai BFF. I'm still friends with her. And also my BFF in London, I'm friends with him. So I'm friends with three of them. I'm friends with the other ones who didn't win as well. We're still friends.

Question:
How do you feel about Perez Hilton using your name?

Paris Hilton:
I'm flattered.

Question:
You've been saying that the cameras following you all day long. Does this mean that there is absolutely nothing off limits for anything you said that you didn't want filmed?

Paris Hilton:
Well, when we did the meeting in the beginning with production team and the network they asked me what was off limits and I said, nothing except for obviously taking a shower, but I wanted to really be full access and really be real because I see so many of these reality shows and they're so obviously scripted. They're so fake. It's so boring to me.

And I didn't want to do a show like that. I feel like there's so many of them out there right now and I don't know. I just think it's not entertaining. It's not fun. It's just way too scripted and I just said, roll the cameras, let everything happen, and let's get everything. So, yes, there's a lot of stuff when I was watching back episodes and, like, oh my God. But I kept everything in.

Question:
Were you involved with kind of behind the scenes - the editing, the choosing the music kind of production of the show? Or would you like to be involved in that?

Paris Hilton:
Yes, I'm the creator and producer of the show so I'm always in the editing room a couple times a week. I'm helping find music and having my friends who I like, their music, putting it in. So yes, I've been involved every step of the way. I really wanted the show to represent me.

Question:
You were just talking earlier about your BFF show. Are there any ideas for a new season of that at any stage?

Paris Hilton:
They call almost every single day from every country around the world wanting me to do BFFs in Italy and Germany and Russia and Japan. So I've been offered to do it everywhere but I feel like I've really grown up and that show was something that was really fun but I'm 30-years-old now and I feel like I've moved on from that show.

Question:
How has fame changed people around you?

Paris Hilton:
I think fame affects people in different ways. With myself, I've never let it affect me. I've always remained the same person I was before all this happened. But with certain people I've seen that it really can change a person and I don't know. I've seen people that were so normal and down to earth and sweet before and then all of a sudden they become famous and they forget who they were before and think they're better than people and just change. I don't know. But I guess it affects people in good ways and bad ways.

Question:
How has being famous made it easier to develop your artistic side?

Paris Hilton:
Ever since I was a little girl I've always been an amazing artist and I've loved to draw and paint and design since I've been literally a teenager. So it's always been something that I've always wanted to do. And with music, I've always played the violin and the piano since I'm a little girl, and I've sang since I'm very little so. So it's always been something that I wanted to do and be in the entertainment industry. I feel so lucky that I get to make a living off doing those things. And I love it.

Question:
Is there anyone that you would like to collaborate with artistically?

Paris Hilton:
I really love David Guetta. I think he's an incredible producer and every song that he does is amazing so that's one person that I'd love to do a song with.

Question:
You've been a fashion icon for more than a decade. How has your look evolved from your 20s to 30s? And are there any designers you're more drawn to now in your 30s?

Paris Hilton:
Yes, I think my fashion sense has definitely changed a lot. In my 20s I used to be very risque and I think I take chances and I wear things that I'm trying to think. I'm very dramatic. I love Halloween and I love dressing up so sometimes some of my outfits will look like a costume. And now I like to be more sophisticated. I love to wear different suits. Like, I love Channel and I used to love Dolce Gabbana. I still do but now I'm trying to be more adult. And I love Christian Dior and Ungaro, and those are some of my favorite designers.

Question:
Those are pretty amazing ones. Will we see any major changes in your look during the show?

Paris Hilton:
I've always been blonde. I feel like if I dyed my hair it would really damage it so if I ever did have different hair I wear wigs just because they're fun and easy and you don't mess with your hair. But during the show I think my look is more casual because it's my everyday. When we're filming in the show it's not just events and red carpets. It's everyday life, me hanging out at my house or just chilling in bed. So people will get to see me with no makeup on just, like, in a nightgown or sweats. Yes, I do dress up sometimes when I'm going out or an event but most of the time I'm just pretty much casual and what I wear at home.

Question:
You mentioned you're hanging out with your pets. How many pets do you have and how many of them will appear on your new show?

Paris Hilton:
I have five dogs, a pig, a parrot, four bunnies, two guinea pigs, two rats, two sugar gliders, which are like flying squirrels, and three cats. So I have a lot of pets. And yes, they'll be on the show as well. Mostly Peter Pan, he's my Chihuahua and he's with me all the time so he's, like, in all the scenes almost.

Question:
Have you ever considered going to a different reality shows such as Dancing with the Stars or Celebrity Apprentice? And have you ever been approached about doing any of those?

Paris Hilton:
Yes, I've been approached every season by both of those shows but I would never do them. I like doing my own show. I wouldn't want to be with a bunch of other people on a show who I don't know. And I don't know. I just - some of the people on those shows I really wouldn't want to be associated with. But I love Donald Trump. He's been a great family friend of mine for a long time so I love his show. But the Dancing show I would never do.

Question:
I know you said you're going to New York for your birthday and you're traveling the world all the time but how much of West Hollywood are we going to see?

Paris Hilton:
A lot of West Hollywood because I live by there so I'm always there all the time so people are going to get to see a lot of WeHo in the show.

Question:
You mentioned earlier about opening a new hotel. What does that mean to you given how iconic Hilton hotels have become?

Paris Hilton:Question:
Since you're obviously a different person than you were in your 20s, how important is it at this stage in your life to be around people who truly care about you?

Paris Hilton:
It's really important. I've cut out a lot of bad people from my life and I've tried to keep I really love and trust and who I know will always be there for me and want the best for me. And I just try to keep all positive people in my life because I think the people who you surround yourself with really affects everything that you do and how you're perceived and everything. So I'm with my friends and close family.

Question:
Hi, again, Paris. What kind of atmosphere will your hotels have? And what will you name it?

Paris Hilton:
I want the atmosphere just to be very beautiful and boutique and fashionable. I want to have amazing restaurants and stores and clubs in the hotels. And just make it very me so when people come to the hotel they know that they're staying at something that I created. And the name, I'm not sure yet. We are deciding between a lot of names right now so I haven't decided on that as of yet.

Question:
Will we see any of your charity work on this show?

Paris Hilton:
Yes, definitely. Charity work's always been a big part of my life ever since I'm a little girl. It's something my parents have really instilled in me and it's something that I do all the time so it will be on the show as well.

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