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Paris Hilton Reveals She Was Playing A ‘Character’ On 'The Simple Life'

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Jan. 19 2020, Published 3:49 p.m. ET

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Paris Hilton admits she’s been faking it the whole time. During a TV Critics Association press tour event on Saturday, January 18, The Simple Life star admitted that she was actually playing a “character” on the reality show.

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While promoting her new YouTube documentary series, This Is Paris, the socialite told People, “I knew what I was doing but the whole world didn’t, so it was kind of frustrating to me to be perceived in that way because it’s not who I am at all.” She added, “But it was such an amazing and entertaining show that I would just think of it as entertainment.”

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The former reality star also admitted that although the “mean” jokes affected her, she could “completely understand” why they were made. “Obviously, I’ve grown as a person. I’m an adult now, but just to be judged and have so many misconceptions based on a character that I had invented myself was frustrating,” Paris explained.

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She added, “At the same time, I built a huge brand off doing it. So, I don’t really regret it and I’m happy that people are going to finally see this film.”

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Paris starred in The Simple Life from 2003 to 2005 alongside Nicole Richie. The show followed the two ladies as they ventured through small and rural towns and later, corporate America.

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While onstage, Paris also opened up about her time on the reality series, telling the audience, “I was having fun with it. I think, you know, I was in on the joke.”

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She continued, “People thought that’s who I really was, so sometimes it is annoying that people assume that I am kind of that, you know, blonde airhead that I was playing on the show. But I love, also, proving people wrong and any time they meet me in real life. They’re always very surprised. So, it makes me happy to know that I created something that basically started an entire new generation of people.”

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Meanwhile, the I Want to Be a Hilton star opened about finding her true self during the filming of This Is Paris“During this film, I have discovered so much about myself that I did not even know. It was almost like a therapeutic experience,” the heiress revealed. “My old persona, that was who I was before when I started my brand. But now, I want to show the true boss babe that I am.”

What are your thoughts on Paris playing a "character" throughout her career? Sound off in the comments.

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