Macaulay Culkin: What Happened To The Home Alone Star?

By Faith McKay | 6 months ago

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Macaulay Culkin was nominated for a Golden Globe award in 1991 for his role in Home Alone, when he was only eleven-years-old. While there are a lot of child actors out there, the legend surrounding Culkin stands apart. For many, it hasn’t been all that long since you’ve seen his young face, with Home Alone now a holiday staple. But what has Macaulay Culkin, the adult, been up to lately?

Before Macaulay Culkin Was Home Alone

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Macaulay Culkin’s home life has been gossiped about so much that it’s impossible to overlook. Culkin was one of many children living in a one-bedroom apartment, and his father saw a way out of poverty with his talented son. He enrolled Culkin in some ballet classes, started sending his son on auditions, and became his child’s manager.

His IMDB page lists a few small television parts in the mid-1980s until he landed the role of Miles in the 1989 John Candy movie, Uncle Buck. There’s a scene in that movie where Miles looks through a mail slot to see who’s at the door, wary of letting strangers into his home. Culkin has said that filmmaker John Hughes saw this brief scene and had a spark of inspiration. Child who protects his home! He wrote the script for Home Alone with Macaulay Culkin in mind for the lead part.

Home Alone

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Home Alone came out in 1990, when Macaulay Culkin was ten-years-old. The movie was a massive hit, making $476 million worldwide, against a budget of only $18 million. The film catapulted Culkin into stardom, with his iconic screaming face becoming the primary image from the film, Culkin became synonymous with this holiday classic.

His father made the decisions about which parts to accept for Macaulay Culkin. He would star in the sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, and he also played the unforgettable part of Thomas J. in My Girl. He was also in some things you may not have heard of, like a television series called Wish Kid. His acting schedule was intense for an adult, let alone a child. When the press junkets are added in, it’s hard to imagine how it all got done.

Macaulay Gossip Grows

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After 1994’s Richie Rich, we started to see less of Macaulay Culkin on the big screen, but that didn’t stop the headlines. Culkin’s parents split-up during his teen years, and while many kids have to choose which parents to live with, Macaulay Culkin had to worry about whose name to put on his trust fund. Culkin handled this by using a third-party instead of choosing between his parents. The headlines said he was emancipated, that he had to divorce from his evil parents. 

Macaulay Culkin was associated with Michael Jackson, which brought up a whole slew of rumors he doesn’t talk about. In 2003, he starred in the movie Party Monster, followed by Saved! in 2004. Around this time, there were more rumors about his personal life than the movies he was in. Also in 2001, after eight years together, his relationship with Mila Kunis ended. 

Macaulay Culkin on the Internet

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In 2017, Macaulay Culkin started the website BunnyEars.com, which is a satire site with real information. There are podcasts, articles, and interviews where Culkin talks to celebrities while wearing bunny ears. When explaining the site to Jimmy Fallon, he said it was “kind of like Goop meets The Onion.” For a prime example of what that’s all about, you can read the article, “Exclusive: Macaulay Culkin Interviews The Swarm Of Bees From My Girl”. 

Clearly, he has managed to have a sense of humor surrounding his fame. This has become more obvious the more he’s shown up online. In the following year, he joined Twitter and Instagram. He made several appearances on the YouTube Channel RedLetterMedia where he played a version of himself, Mack the Intern. He even formed a band called The Pizza Underground, which parodied The Velvet Underground songs using, naturally, references to pizza.

The singer Lizzo released a song called “Like a Girl” with a line referencing the child actor. “ I don’t really need you, I’m Macaulay Culkin home alone.” Eventually, Culkin was at one of her concerts, and a video was released of him dancing on stage. 

Changeland

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Changeland is a movie from 2019, and it was a big one for Macaulay Culkin. The movie was a drama/comedy about friendship, written and directed by Culkin’s friend, Seth Green. On the set, he would meet Brenda Song, the woman he often refers to as “my lady”. Song is an actress with many roles behind her, who also got started in show business as a child, working as a fashion model. 

The pair have a home together with many oddly named pets (Macho, Apples, Dude, Cinnamon, and Panda), and they haven’t been shy about sharing that they’re trying for kids. 

Macaulay Culkin‘s 2020 Interview with Esquire

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In February of 2020, Macaulay Culkin did his first photoshoot in fifteen years. He was on the set with the same publicist he’d had when he was ten-years-old. He spoke with Esquire during the shoot about his life these days, where he described himself as a homebody. “This is not really my cup of tea,” he told them. “These are all lovely people, but the poking, the prodding—honestly, it’s part of why I don’t do this anymore. Any of it.”

Macaulay Culkin went on to say, “I enjoy acting. I enjoy being on set. I don’t enjoy a lot of the other things that come around it. What’s a good analogy. The Shawshank Redemption. The way he gets out of prison is to crawl through a tube of shit, you know? It feels like to get to that kind of freedom, I’d have to crawl through a tube of shit. And you know what? I’ve built a really nice prison for myself. It’s soft. It’s sweet. It smells nice. You know? It’s plush.”

What’s Next For Culkin

Macaulay Culkin turned 40 in August of 2020. Can you believe it? He knows you can’t. 

It seems that if Macaulay Culkin could act in movies without ever having to promote them, that may be what he would do. But in recent years, he’s been coming out into the public eye bit-by-bit, seemingly on his own terms, but now, he may be ready to step it up. He’s signed on for the tenth season of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story. We’ll have to wait and see if that leads to more roles for the actor in the coming years, or if he’ll decide the comfortable home he’s made for himself is just not worth leaving.