Paris Hilton: ‘I’m like an American princess’

    For someone with a wilder-than-wild party girl history and a faker-than-fake reality TV show, Paris Hilton is surprisingly real. In person, what you see – glammed up, glammed down, hair extensions in, hair extensions out – is what you get.

    She doesn’t hide her silly spoils, like her dog’s designer carrying case, and has perfected her paparazzi pout. The result? Ever-increasing fame for the omnipresent hotel heiress turned sex tape star and reality TV supernova.

    Now Hilton, 24, is moving into acting. In “House of Wax,” opening Friday, Hilton does horror. She’ll later surface in “National Lampoon’s Pledge This!” and “Bottom’s Up.” But when it comes to her tabloid-tracked personal life, Hilton insists she’s become more interested in playing housewife than club hopper.

    Other than the husband, two kids and white picket fence, Hilton seemingly has it all. And it’s all about Paris: a self-titled fragrance, self-titled nightclub chain, self-titled jewelry line. She’s also working on a self-titled boutique hotel chain, as-yet-untitled makeup and clothing lines and a more-than-likely mild CD.

    During a recent interview, Hilton’s trendy SoHo hotel room had the frenzied atmosphere of a children’s play area. A plate with scrambled egg remnants lingered on an end table. Makeup bags doubled as a throw pillows on the couch. Bottles of vitamins fought for space on a cluttered coffee table. Two smiley publicists leered from the bedroom while a makeup artist prepared his palette and a hairdresser prodded the top of Hilton’s head, installing her latest set of hair extensions.

    With her infamous Chihuahua, Tinkerbell, half-awake in her lap, Hilton rested in the eye of the storm, unfazed by a barrage of silly questions and the yanking of her new locks. Other than refusing to utter Backstreet Boy and ex-beau Nick Carter’s name, Hilton purred freely about her sex tape, her falling out with “Simple Life” cohort Nicole Richie, her naughty “House of Wax” scenes and her death. Her most shocking revelation: Hilton wants a simpler life.

    AP: So how would you describe your occupation?

    Hilton: I don’t know. I’m an actress, a brand, a businesswoman. I’m all kinds of stuff.

    AP: If you had to pick just one…

    Hilton: An actress.

    AP: So all of this – the partying, the modeling, the reality show – was just your journey to an acting career?

    Hilton: Yeah, I guess.

    AP: Do you read what’s written about you? Do you pick up the tabloids?

    Hilton: I don’t read any of it. I just look at the pictures to see what I was wearing last week and if it was cute.

    AP: Do you read blogs?

    Hilton: What’s that?

    AP: Um, they’re these things on the Internet where people write about news and stuff.

    Hilton: No, I don’t really read anything on the Internet except my AOL mail. I don’t like people who sit on computers all day long and write about people they don’t know anything about.

    AP: Paris, you just described my job.

    (Her publicist, Rob Shuter, laughs.)

    AP: What did you want to be when you were a little girl?

    Hilton: A veterinarian, but then I realized I could just buy a bunch of animals.

    AP: So let’s talk about the movie. I’m sure you’ve had a gazillion scripts on your doorstep. Why do “House of Wax”?

    Hilton: It’s a fun summer movie about teenagers. When I got the script, I went out and got the original and thought it was creepy and fun. And because of Joel Silver. I’ve known Joel since I was little so I was very excited when he asked me to be in one of his movies. He’s a Hollywood legend.

    AP: Tell me about your character, Paige.

    Hilton: She’s very sexy. She’s a small town girl.

    AP: You do a lot of kissing in this movie. What was that like?

    Hilton: It was hard because I’ve never done anything like that before. My boyfriend – not my boyfriend now (shipping heir Paris Lastis) – got really jealous about it, but then he realized it’s just a movie.

    AP: Which boyfriend?

    Hilton: I don’t even want to say his name.

    AP: In the beginning of the film, a few scenes feature you being taped with a camcorder. Whose idea was that?

    Hilton: That was in the script. I just went along with it. I wanted to show people I can make fun of myself and not take anything too seriously.

    AP: How long did it take you to come to that point?

    Hilton: I don’t know. Over this past year.

    AP: What’s your favorite horror movie?

    Hilton: I like a lot of the old, creepy classics like the Freddy Kruger movies and “The Shining.” Jack Nicholson is really scary.

    AP: Who do you want to be your new “Simple Life” co-star?

    Hilton: I want it to be Kim (Stewart, daughter of rocker Rod), but it could be anybody. I don’t know.

    AP: Have you spoken to Nicole following the big breakup?

    Hilton: No, we haven’t spoke in a while. I’ve been very busy with my boyfriend and the movie and everything. She’s been very busy. She’s engaged.

    AP: So what could you possibly do on “Simple Life 4”?

    Hilton: Go to Maui.

    AP: Why?

    Hilton: They want to sex it up, have us more in swimsuits and stuff.

    AP: But what would you do?

    Hilton: I don’t know. We could work as lifeguards or work in a hotel or something.

    AP: “Baywatch” tried that and it didn’t work.

    Hilton: Tried what?

    AP: They went from the United States to Hawaii, which I guess is technically the United States. Anyway, it didn’t work.

    Hilton: (Silence.)

    AP: So are you really a ditz?

    Hilton: That’s just for the show.

    AP: Is the “Simple Life” scripted?

    Hilton: Not really. That’s what we’re trying to do to freshen it up. I mean, not like the first season.

    AP: What’s hot right now in entertainment? What TV shows do you watch? What music are you listening to?

    Hilton: I only watch “The Simple Life.” I don’t have time to watch anything else. I like 50 Cent, Maroon 5, Britney Spears.

    AP: What do you think of Britney settling down and getting pregnant?

    Hilton: I love it. She’s been talking about wanting to settle down and get married and have kids for a while. I think it’s good. (She and Kevin Federline) are really cute together.

    AP: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

    Hilton: I don’t know. Married to my boyfriend with two kids and a house. Still acting and doing stuff.

    AP: What kind of wife would you be?

    Hilton: A good one. I’d cook and clean.

    AP: What would your children’s names be?

    Hilton: Paris and London.

    AP: Paris for a girl? London for a boy?

    Hilton: Yeah.

    AP: Why are you so popular?

    Hilton: I don’t know, because of who I am. I’m not like anybody else. I’m like an American princess.

    AP: What would you be like if you were – I don’t know – Paris Smith?

    Hilton: I’d be the same. Maybe I’d be a veterinarian.

    AP: In your career, what are you most afraid of happening?

    Hilton: I don’t know. Nothing.

    AP: Nothing? What about in your personal life?

    Hilton: I don’t know. Death.

    AP: Why? What’s so scary about death?

    Hilton: Because I don’t know what happens.

    AP: Neither do I, Paris. So it sounds like you’re entering a new phase of your life with all this talk of kids and marriage. What’s up with that?

    Hilton: I’ve been going out since I was 16. I’m sort of over it now. (Latsis) doesn’t really like the whole scene and the photographers and all that. We sort of just stay in and cook and hang out.

    Posted: May 3rd, 2005
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    Paris Hilton-Nicole Richie spat goes public

    Paris Hilton is hot … over something Nicole Richie did.

    But the hotel heiress isn’t saying what’s behind the feud with her co-“Simple Life” star.

    “It’s no big secret that Nicole and I are no longer friends,” Hilton said in a statement Wednesday. “Nicole knows what she did, and that’s all I’m ever going to say about it.”

    Last week, Hilton, 24, told USA Today that Richie will be replaced on “The Simple Life” by her friend Kimberly Stewart, the daughter of singer Rod Stewart. Hilton and Richie have starred on the Fox reality show for its first three seasons.

    Fox denied the casting change, saying in a statement: “We are currently discussing internally the creative direction of the next ‘The Simple Life.’ We are huge fans of both Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie and look forward to solidifying our plans for the next installment.”

    A call to Richie’s publicist was not immediately returned.

    In “The Simple Life 3: Interns,” Hilton and Richie took their fish-out-of-bottled-water show to the business world.

    Posted: April 21st, 2005
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    Paris Hilton says she ‘can’t believe’ her cell phone was hacked

    While Hollywood gossips about who was – and wasn’t – in Paris Hilton’s cell phone book, the hotel heiress/reality TV star says she feels “horrible”.

    Last week, Hilton’s cell phone was hacked into and its contents (her phone numbers and email addresses) were posted on the internet.

    In an interview with Us Weekly magazine, on newsstands Friday, Hilton says: “I feel horrible that, once again, someone has invaded my privacy. I want to apologise to all my friends and family. I don’t know why this stuff always happens to me, but I wish it wouldn’t anymore.”

    Hilton, 24, said she first heard the news from her sister, Nicky.

    “Nicky told me it was out there,” she said. “It’s too upsetting for me – I can’t believe it.”

    Some of her friends have been besieged with calls and emails.

    Actress Lindsay Lohan tells the magazine: “It’s crazy. I even got an email from someone pretending to be Hugh Hefner.”

    Hilton’s privacy was previously exposed when a sex tape of her and an ex-boyfriend became a cyberspace novelty. She stars on the Fox TV reality show The Simple Life 3: Interns with friend Nicole Richie, daughter of R&B singer Lionel Richie.

    Posted: February 23rd, 2005
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    Paris Hilton Visit To NJ Funeral Home Angers Residents

    Paris Hilton’s funeral humor is not funny to some Bergen County residents. In a recent episode of Hilton and Nicole Richie’s reality show “The Simple Life” set at a Wood-Ridge funeral home, the two drove a hearse, filled in a grave and held a mock funeral.They also spilled what appeared to be human ashes onto a carpet and used a vacuum cleaner to fix the room.

    Amy Van Dalinda said the Kohler Funeral Home handled the services for her father and other residents.

    Seeing a mock funeral in the same room where her father’s real one was held was upsetting to her.

    But funeral home owner John Podesta says he would not have let the show be taped there if he thought it was undermine his business’ reputation.

    Posted: February 23rd, 2005
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    Hilton cell phone numbers posted on internet

    Paris Hilton is finding more than her body exposed on the Internet after computer hackers posted phone numbers online that had been stored in her cell phone.The New York Daily News reported Monday that it was unclear how the numbers got posted on the Internet, but the incident happened just days after a 22-year-old man pleaded guilty to breaking into a cell phone company’s protected computer and gaining access to records for millions of customers.

    Some of Hilton’s friends were besieged with calls.

    “I got 100 calls in two hours,” Victoria Gotti told the newspaper. “I didn’t want to take the phones off the hook because my oldest son was out on a date.”

    Gotti, who appears in her own reality television show, says she disconnected the phone for a few hours – only to find it ringing nonstop when she reconnected it.

    “It’s driving me insane,” Gotti said.

    A telephone message left Monday by The Associated Press with Hilton’s publicist was not immediately returned.

    Hilton, a hotel chain heiress whose sex tape with an ex-boyfriend became a cyberspace novelty, stars on the Fox TV reality show “The Simple Life” with Nicole Richie, daughter of R&B singer Lionel Richie.

    Posted: February 21st, 2005
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    DA: No charges against Paris Hilton in sex-video spat

    Prosecutors said today they will not file charges against Paris Hilton stemming from a scrape at a newsstand in which she allegedly pocketed a copy of her homemade sex video without paying.

    The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office dropped the case for lack of evidence after investigating the hotel heiress for suspicion of petty theft.

    “The evidence presented is not of such convincing force that a reasonable and objective jury would unanimously agree that the suspect is guilty,” said Irene Wakabayashi of the district attorney’s office.

    The investigation stemmed from a December 15 run-in between Hilton and a West Hollywood newsstand dealer, who was selling copies of her infamous video, One Night in Paris.

    The sex tape surfaced in 2003 just before the start of Hilton’s reality TV series The Simple Life. She has said she was embarrassed and humiliated that the tape ever became public.

    A security video obtained by the TV show Celebrity Justice appeared to show Hilton grabbing the video and walking off after buying several magazines. Gerry Castro, an employee at Swing News, told the show at the time that Hilton became furious after spotting the video for sale.

    Posted: February 2nd, 2005
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    Paris Hilton to host ‘SNL’

    Paris Hilton will be the host of this week’s Saturday Night Live. It will be her first time as host, NBC said Tuesday. She previously appeared on SNL in a tongue-in-cheek interview with Jimmy Fallon on the show’s “Weekend Update” segment.

    Hilton is the star of The Simple Life with friend Nicole Richie. The Fox TV reality series, now in its third season, features the duo working in a series of menial jobs.

    She also has published a memoir, Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose.

    British band Keane will perform as the show’s musical guest.

    Posted: February 2nd, 2005
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