updated 02/19/2013 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 02/19/2013 AT 9:35 AM ET
Michael Jackson’s son, Prince Michael, stepped into a world his late father knew well, becoming a special correspondent for Entertainment Tonight.
Mentored by the show’s Brooke Anderson, the 16-year-old interviewed actors James Franco, Zach Braff and director Sam Raimi for their new film Oz the Great and Powerful for shows airing this week.
“We have a mutual connection, and I have been working to do something with him for a while,” Anderson tells PEOPLE.
“I thought interviewing the cast of Oz the Great and Powerful would be the perfect opportunity, because he’s a fan of The Wizard of Oz, his dad was in The Wiz and he wants to get into directing, producing and acting one day.”
So how were his reporting chops?
“He showed me up big time,” Anderson says. “Ultimately, he didn’t really need too much guidance. I gave him pointers, but he was a natural.”