PASADENA (AP) — Paris Hilton is often described as famous for being famous reveals a private side of herself in “This is Paris” a YouTube Originals documentary premiering in May.
“This movie is very emotional, raw and authentic,” an unusually sombre and admittedly nervous Hilton told a TV critics meeting yesterday. “It’s basically my entire life,” said the socialite. In the documentary, she speaks publicly for the first time about incidents from her past and pivotal moments in her life.
Emmy-winning Director Alexandra Dean initially turned down the project, having gotten her fill of seeing Hilton on countless magazine covers while living in Europe.
Dean changed her mind after hearing a particular story described as “heartbreaking trauma” involving Hilton that is revealed in the film.
Hilton herself was reluctant to take a meeting about the project because she “wasn’t ready to show” herself”. Eventually, she agreed and the film crew followed her around the world for a year.
The documentary addresses the time a teen-aged Hilton spent at a residential treatment centre for emotionally and behaviourally troubled youth in Utah.
Hilton’s only sister, Nicky Rothschild, rarely gives interviews but agreed to participate. Their mother, Kathy Hilton, also appears.” There are so many `yes’ people around and Nicky always tells me the truth,” Hilton said. “She’s my best friend and my other half.”
At times, Hilton comes off as lonely in private even as her public image portrays her as the life of every party and club she works as a DJ. She also describes herself as shy “which most people won’t believe either,” she said.
Hilton still feels the effects of the dumb blonde persona she employed in The Simple Life the reality show that shot her and Nicole Richie to fame starting in 2003.
“I’ve been judged on a character that I created at the beginning of my career and now I feel like it’s time that people see who the real Paris is.”