Kieran Culkin had no clue his brother Macaulay was the star of “Home Alone” while he was on set

Kieran Culkin recently dropped a surprising bombshell: during the making of the iconic 1990 film Home Alone, he had no idea that his brother, Macaulay Culkin, was the star. The 41-year-old actor revealed this amusing tidbit during a panel discussion with Jesse Eisenberg at the Tribeca Film Festival.

As a young actor at just 7 years old, Kieran admitted he was oblivious to the movie’s storyline while on set. It wasn’t until he attended the film’s premiere that the realization dawned on him that his brother Mac was actually playing the lead role of Kevin McCallister. Reflecting on his initial confusion, Kieran humorously rationalized that it made sense, given that Mac was always around on set—a hint that he must be the star of the show.


Surprisingly, Kieran’s misunderstanding stemmed from a playful prank by his co-star, Devin Ratray, who played Buzz in the film. Ratray mischievously convinced Kieran that the movie revolved around a next-door neighbor, not his own brother. “I thought the movie was about him. And I’m pretty sure that’s because Devin Ratray, who played Buzz, messed with me and told me the movie was about him,” Kieran recounted.

Despite the initial mix-up, Kieran eventually became intimately familiar with the holiday classic, watching it repeatedly throughout his childhood. In a candid interview with Esquire, Kieran delved into the aftermath of Home Alone and its impact on his family, particularly his brother Macaulay. He expressed empathy for Mac’s discomfort with fame, acknowledging the challenges his brother faced at such a young age. Kieran recalled feeling sympathetic towards Macaulay, who had to navigate the pressures of early fame.

Speaking about his own journey in the entertainment industry, Kieran admitted that witnessing his brother’s fame initially made him wary of pursuing a similar path. He confessed to feeling apprehensive about the spotlight but gradually found his own footing, eventually achieving success in his own right, including winning an Emmy award.

Kieran’s candid revelations provide fans of Home Alone and the Culkin brothers with a deeper glimpse into the dynamics behind the scenes of this beloved film. His journey from a clueless child actor to a seasoned performer underscores the complexities of fame and family in Hollywood.