|Amanda Bynes shields herself from the cameras with her new puppy|
The troubled star recently took in a pooch because she reportedly "idolizes" both the socialite - who famously used to be seen carrying her own dog in public - and reality TV star Kim Kardashian and wants to emulate her heroes to get more attention.
An insider told RadarOnline: "Amanda is fascinated by the world of paparazzi. She thought Paris was so glamorous when the paps when follow her around all the time.
"She talks about Paris and Kim a lot because she completely idolizes them. It's the weirdest thing. So when she got that puppy she said it was to try and be more like Paris."
The 27-year-old actress is said to "love" attention and is apparently fascinated by celebrity culture.
The source said: "She's intrigued by the entire business and will actually talk to the paparazzi trying to find out more about other celebrities.
"Amanda loves all the attention she's getting. It's like a light switch with her -- one minute she's holding a normal conversation and the next minute all she can talk about is the paparazzi, and Kim and Paris!"