In a heartwarming ceremony on Friday, Hollywood witnessed the induction of ’90s heartthrob Macaulay Culkin into the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame, a fitting tribute to the actor who stole our hearts as the mischievous Kevin McAllister in the timeless classics “Home Alone” and “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.” The star-studded event saw Culkin’s onscreen mom, Catherine O’Hara, delivering a touching tribute that brought tears to the eyes of fans and colleagues alike.
As the crowd gathered to celebrate the American actor’s remarkable career, O’Hara took the stage to express her admiration for Culkin’s unparalleled contribution to the success of the “Home Alone” franchise. The actress, forever etched in cinematic history as the mom who famously left Kevin behind during a frantic Christmas getaway, reminisced about the magic that Culkin brought to the screen.
“It is Macaulay’s perfect performance as Kevin McAllister that gave us that little everybody on an extraordinary adventure,”
O’Hara proclaimed, her voice tinged with nostalgia and gratitude.
“I know you worked really hard, but you made acting look like the most natural thing in the world to do.”
Dressed in a dapper double-breasted black suit and donning wayfarer shades, Culkin stood beside O’Hara, exuding the suave charisma that defined his on-screen persona. O’Hara went on to praise Culkin’s resilience in the face of sudden stardom, acknowledging the potential challenges it could have posed for the young actor.
“It’s a sign of intelligence in a child and a key to surviving life at any age,”
O’Hara observed, highlighting Culkin’s sense of humor as the beacon that guided him through the whirlwind of fame. She also added:
“From what I see, you have brought that sense of sweet, yet twisted, yet totally relatable sense of humor to everything that you have chosen to do since ‘Home Alone.’”
The ceremony was attended by Culkin’s partner, Brenda Song, and siblings Rory and Quinn Culkin. Culkin’s goddaughter, Paris Jackson, was also in attendance. Natasha Lyonne, Culkin’s “Party Monster” co-star, also took the stage to share heartfelt words about her friend.
As the emotional tribute reached its peak, O’Hara couldn’t help but get choked up, describing Culkin as “the dearest thing.” She acknowledged the profound success of the “Home Alone” films and expressed her pride in Culkin’s journey since those early days.
“Thank you for including me, your fake mom who left you home alone not once, but twice, to share in this happy occasion,”
Catherine O’Hara concluded.
“I’m so proud of you.”
The ceremony wasn’t just a recognition of Culkin’s past achievements but also a celebration of his versatility as an actor. From the innocent charm of Kevin McAllister to the edgier roles in films like “Party Monster,” Culkin has consistently proven his acting prowess.
Culkin’s partner, Brenda Song, looked on with pride, capturing the joyful moments as Culkin’s star was unveiled on the famed sidewalk. The Culkin family, including siblings Rory and Quinn, shared anecdotes and laughter, reminiscing about the journey that brought them to this pinnacle of recognition.
As the cheers and applause echoed through Hollywood Boulevard, it was evident that Macaulay Culkin’s star on the Walk of Fame not only acknowledged his past contributions but also heralded the promise of a continued legacy in the world of entertainment. The crowd dispersed with a sense of nostalgia and gratitude for the actor who, even after all these years, remains the endearing face of a holiday season classic.