Culkin, 37, who played Kevin McCallister in the beloved Christmas movies, was asked by DeGeneres, 60, if he still watches himself in the hit '90s flicks. "It's my 'season.' It's Macaulay season". "It's Macaulay season. So, yeah, I try to go out less and less around that time of year". "I've had people want to sit down and watch it with me", he told the host, "which is, like, both flattering and creepy". "I can't watch it the same way other people do", he said.
That's basically the decade Ellen DeGeneres time traveled to when interviewing the former child star on her show Monday - where he spilled all about Home Alone, growing up with a "litter" of siblings in a 1 bedroom apartment, and his retirement at age 14! Impressive. That said, as Culkin also mentioned during his recent appearance on Ellen, because Home Alone is shown so much in the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, he tends to stay in more often so that people don't crowd him. "It was the smartest thing I could have possibly done was to take eight years off", he said.
"I was exhausted of it, to be honest", he said.
It's because of this that Culkin has admitted he doesn't go out much during the holidays, as those are prime "Home Alone" times. "I'm 37 now, okay, mom!". I did like 14 movies in six years.
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 when I do everyone's staring at me". It's a lot. I needed to grow and develop as a person. Ultimately, he took almost a decade off when he turned 14 to go to high school and simply be a regular person.
So if Macauley Culkin catches even a snippet of Home Alone, he can instantly recall what he'd been up to on the day that particular scene was shot.
"It allows me to treat everything like a hobby", Culkin explained of his wealth.