Just a Minute With: Paris Hilton on life and career

Thu Sep 18, 2008 6:18am EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Paris Hilton has come to epitomize the idea of "famous for being famous" but with a growing business to manage built around her life as a wealthy heiress and celebrity, she says her world is nonstop hard work -- but also fun.

With a new film documentary, "Paris, Not France" about the business of being Paris, a reality TV show called "Paris Hilton's My New BFF" in which she goes tongue-in-cheek in search of a new best friend, her own fashion line, and a new album coming soon, Hilton, 27, is likely to be even more in the limelight over the next few months.

Already one of the most photographed women in the world, Hilton sat down with Reuters to talk about the lines between privacy and trading on her fame, and how she sees her future.

Q: What's the most annoying misconception people have about you?

A: "The one that 'she doesn't work'. I am literally running a huge corporation. I have my clothing lines, my champagne, my watches, shoes and purses and dog clothes -- every sort of product you can imagine. I am doing movies. I am doing my record right now, producing, starring in a TV show. So it is a 24 hour, seven day-a-week job. I work all the time, so I laugh when I hear people say that."

Q: Where do you draw the line between your privacy, letting the public see who you are, and the need to promote yourself.

A: "I am basically always on camera. From the moment I leave my house in the morning, the paparazzi are waiting there until I go to bed at night. So it is natural to be doing this TV show. I don't even know the cameras are there. I still have my private life. When I go home I have my pets and my boyfriend."

Q: Los Angeles city officials have been discussing proposals to curb the paparazzi, and create a "personal safety zone" between celebrities and photographers. Is that something you support?   Continued...

<p>Paris Hilton appears on the German TV show "Wetten dass...?" (Bet that..) in Erfurt March 29, 2008. REUTERS/Jens Meyer/Pool</p>