3:34 pm - 03/09/2006

Paris Hilton Opens Up on Career, New Album

Exclusive: Saturday night, under the carport of the Beverly Hills Hotel. It’s 1:30 a.m., and a white luxury SUV pulls up. The passenger-side back door slides open, and a long leg, finished with a white high heel shoe, reaches down to the ground. Pan up: It belongs to Paris Hilton, in a white mini-dress, with a white fur stole around her shoulders and large pearls around her neck. She is blonde on blonde, dazzling, Marilyn Monroe reincarnated.

“Wait!” she announces as she steps on the pavement. “I forgot my CD!”

It’s her own CD, in fact, that she shows me, one she’s made with a variety of producers including Scott Storch and Dr. Dre.

Don’t be fooled: This CD is coming out whether you like it or not. “It’s scheduled for June,” she says, “on Warner Bros. Tom Whalley is really excited about it.”

That’s the same Warner Music oft-criticized in this column for not breaking new artists. I take it all back now. The company that once boasted a fabled roster of James Taylor, Neil Young, and Bonnie Raitt will release Paris’ debut in June. The track listing, on the CD she showed me, is as follows:

1.) Turn it Up 2.) Turn You On 3.) Stars Are Blind 4.) Jealousy 5.) Heartbeat 6.) Fightin’ Over Me featuring Fat Joe and Jadakiss 7.) Are You With It? 9.) Do You Think I’m Sexy? 9.) Screwed 10.) Not Leaving Without You

You will notice that Paris, always cognizant of history, includes a cover of a No. 1 hit by Rod Stewart, a longtime Warner artist, with “Do You Think I’m Sexy?” She will not win a Grammy or be nominated for one. Believe me, that is all beside the point.

Now here’s the thing about Paris: She is not the ditz you hope her to be. For one thing, she spoke to me in a very distinct, clear adult voice. There was nothing silly about her. “I talk in that baby talk voice when I’m on TV,” she said. “It’s a put on."

Indeed, the whole Paris mystique is a put on — and one that’s earning her millions of dollars. She actually has kind of an ironic sense of humor. When I asked her what happened to fiancé Paris Latsis, she replied: “He wasn’t hot enough.” She concluded that the latest boyfriend, Stavros Niarchos, “is very hot.”

Me: “But really you’re not getting married or anything, are you?”

Her: “Are you crazy? I’m 25. No way.”

Me: “In fact, you don’t need these boyfriends do you? They’re just ornaments.”

Her: “That’s right.”

She has not-so-nice things to say about her ex-pal Nicole Richie. They’re probably printable, but hey — this isn’t the Star.

Suddenly, I am fascinated by Paris Hilton. She is living the American dream. She is P.T. Barnum, Marilyn Monroe and Donald Trump all rolled into one, thriving on every gossip item like they’re hits of oxygen.

I have nothing bad to say about Paris Hilton at all. We are underestimating this kid.

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hardly_angelic 9th-Mar-2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
The passenger-side back door slides open, and a long leg, finished with a white high heel shoe, reaches down to the ground.

Y'all forgot about the running sores.
ahowar03 9th-Mar-2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
I have nothing bad to say about Paris Hilton at all. We are underestimating this kid.

did perez write this shit? what an ass kiss. bleh.
eversochili 9th-Mar-2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
not an ass kiss at all because he makes clever digs at her throughout the entire article.
amyannosu 9th-Mar-2006 08:45 pm (UTC)
Wow, Fox News likes her?
sonjablue 9th-Mar-2006 08:45 pm (UTC)
Career? What career? Being a drunken, snobby, boyfriend stealing, herpes giver?
gyllenhaalsen 10th-Mar-2006 01:00 am (UTC)
servermonkey 9th-Mar-2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
As long as her vagina remains closed, we'll all be safe.
imatreekb 9th-Mar-2006 08:48 pm (UTC)
why must she inflict this pain on us? a cd? aargh
steph313 9th-Mar-2006 08:48 pm (UTC)
I have nothing bad to say about Paris Hilton at all. We are underestimating this kid.

It's ok...all of here at ONTD have you covered as far as having something bad to say. We won't let you down. :)
metalheavy 9th-Mar-2006 08:48 pm (UTC)
She has not-so-nice things to say about her ex-pal Nicole Richie. They’re probably printable, but hey — this isn’t the Star.

Psh. That's possibly the only thing that would've made this article interesting.
gdmcrjunkie 9th-Mar-2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
rusk 9th-Mar-2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
I think he kind of lost most credibility when he produced ~Rich Gurl~ for Gwen Stefani :/
bored_at_home 9th-Mar-2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
what a kiss ass article, i hope the interviewer contracted AIDS
thelastpauline 9th-Mar-2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
let's never, ever compare Paris Hilton to Marilyn Monroe again.
and fuck, I'm not even a big fan of Marilyn Monroe.
boomingvoice 10th-Mar-2006 12:46 am (UTC)
seriously. SERIOUSLY. but what else could you expect from fox news.
logansrogue 10th-Mar-2006 01:20 am (UTC)
Agreed. They'd be less offensive comparing the syphillis afflicted old whore on the corner in a bad wig to ...

... oh wait.
kwong521 9th-Mar-2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
Please stop these Monroe comparisons.

styropor 9th-Mar-2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
I don't know much about Marilyn (so correct me if I'm way off base) but wasn't she pretty much the vapid ho of her time? She was way better looking than Paris, obviously, but they seem fairly similar otherwise. The only difference is nowadays it's more acceptable to let your vag hang out in public 24/7. Marilyn probably only seemed classier because she conformed to the standards of the 50-60's.
blondekarma 9th-Mar-2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
Hmm I wouldn't necessarily call Marilyn "vapid". She definitely slept around. But I think that might be the only thing the 2 have in common. Marilyn had a horrible childhood. She grew up poor & was sexually abused when she was really young. (Maybe that's why she was skanky as time progressed) But she worked hard to become a movie star and some of her films are enjoyable. (You do have to keep in mind the time-frame the movies were made)If you read some of the stuff she had written she is actually more intelligent than you would first think.
bogie_bacall 9th-Mar-2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
I don't know much about Marilyn, nor am I really a fan. However, going by the transcript of the psychiatrist tapes, she wasn't dumb at all. She referred to "Marilyn Monroe" as a separate entity, so I think it was all an image.
m_x_l 9th-Mar-2006 11:13 pm (UTC)
Every actress, even now was/is a ho. It's how they get the jobs. After they get star billing they don't do that sort of thing.
And back in the 50s Marilyn was not considered classy.
sarcastic_twit 9th-Mar-2006 11:32 pm (UTC)
As Paris said in this article, it's all a put on. Marylin Monroe wasn't even Marylin Monroe- her real name was Norma Jean (i think). Her whole persona was an act, she was playing the part of the blond bombshell right down to her name.
kwong521 10th-Mar-2006 05:53 am (UTC)
She definitely wasn't vapid and definitely not as stupid as Paris. Are you getting the image of her as a "vapid ho" from her movies? That is understandable, but that was really an act. She wasn't even a blonde; she was originally a brunette. She was poor as dirt growing up and made a fortune out of nothing. And she was actually quite smart, at least from I've read. Do a search for some of the poetry and prose she wrote on google; they're not half-bad.

And here is what her first husband had to say about her:
"She wasn't a whore, and she's been called that for too long," Dougherty says bluntly. "She had a generous heart, loved and wanted children. . . . She was religious, serious, smart, and a dedicated actress. That floozy blonde bit was a Hollywood creation." His favorite Monroe movie is The Misfits, released in 1961. "That was Norma Jeane," he says of Monroe's vulnerable character in the film."

Comparing Paris to her is insulting, imo.
gun_music 9th-Mar-2006 08:56 pm (UTC)

& I just lost all respect for Jadakiss... not that I had a lot for him in the first place.
fluffyrainbows 9th-Mar-2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
this article deserves an eyeroll.
kittymilkshake 9th-Mar-2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
Wtf is that reporter smoking?
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