Macaulay Culkin tells Ellen DeGeneres why he avoids Home Alone and hates doing ‘the Kevin McCallister face’

Macaulay Culkin doesn’t often appear on chat shows but when he does, it’s always seem to be worth tuning in.

In an episode set to air on Monday, the elusive star made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Despite being on the show to talk about his new podcast Bunny Ears, Home Alone – Culkin’s most famous film – came up in conversation, because how could it not?

Host Ellen DeGeneres probed the actor on whether he still watches it from time-to-time and Culkin was quick to reply.

He said that while he rarely revisits the festive film, it’s hard to avoid it completely due to it being “background radiation at Christmastime,” repeating on televisions screens around the world every single year.


Macaulay Culkin filmed Christmas classic Home Alone when he was just nine-years-old (20th Century Fox)

The 37-year-old actor also joked that he’s equally as unenthusiastic about reenacting the iconic shocked Kevin McCallister face whenever fans request he do so. “I’ve been there and done that already. I’m 37 now, okay?” he laughed.

Unfortunately for Culkin, he finds it difficult to escape Home Alone lovers due to the fact that he looks the same now as he did at nine-years-old.

Talking about his unchanged face, he said: “It’s [both] a curse and a blessing. I can get into any restaurant I want without a reservation but while I’m there, everyone’s staring at me and going “awww.'”

The Richie Rich actor also talked about stepping away from the limelight after almost a decade of making movies.

“I was tired of it, to be honest,” he explained to DeGeneres. “I did like 14 movies in six years or something like that. It’s a lot.

“I was away from home a lot. I was away from school. I needed something else. I needed to grow and develop as a person.”

He went on to mention just how nice it was to be around people his own age for once when he eventually went to high school.


Macaulay Culkin also briefly discussed what it was like being a child star in the early 1990s (The Ellen Show)

In the episode’s promo clips, Culkin revealed that he actually trained to become a ballet dancer before he became an actor as well as talking about what it was like growing up with six siblings in a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan.

“My mom didn’t have a family, she had a litter,” he joked. “Just oodles of Culkins. We lived on top of each other. They were literally stacking us. They were stacking bunk beds. [We were] like sardines, but it was a good time. We were a close family because of that. There was no such thing as privacy!”