When we saw the news that Macaulay Culkin is going to co-star in the next season of "American Horror Story," we clapped our hands to our face and screamed. After a long-gestating comeback, it’s what this boy deserves.
Culkin was only 10 years old when he starred in “Home Alone” in 1990. After a string of notable roles -- including is-it-better-than-the-original "Home Alone 2" and the tearkjerker classic “My Girl” -- Culkin took a break to attend school in 1994. He had a bit of a comeback as an edgy club kid in 2003’s “Party Monster”and a paraplegic in the satire “Saved."
After that he focused mostly on his band, The Pizza Underground, his relationships (he was married to actress Rachel Miner from 1998 to 2002 and then dated Mila Kunis from 2002 to 2011) and a few gigs for his friend Seth Green, including providing voices for the series “Robot Chicken.” In 2015, he began to resurface, with a very NSFW web short from the series DRYVRS in which he spoofed himself as a very tweaked adult version of Kevin McCallister.
In 2018, he again skewered “Home Alone” in an ad for Google Assistant where adult Kevin has the house to himself, but uses the Google Assistant to take care of everything, from paying the pizza guy to launching “Operation Kevin,” so he can finally eat his mac n’ cheese in peace.
In the meantime, he’s been quietly growing an online presence, with his Twitter feed chock full of dad-esque jokes and puns as well as a podcast called Bunny Ears, where he interviews comedians, friends and idols, with everyone from Bob Saget to Lizzo in the hot seat. He’s also publisher and CEO of bunnyears.com, a comedy site he created when he woke from what he calls the “Culkin-Sleep.” He has several full-time staffers working under him for the site that can only be described as Goop, but with more wrestling commentary (and way funnier).
Speaking of Lizzo, have you seen this adorable dance-off between Mack and the pop star at her LA concert last October?
Culkin covers this month's Esquire (looking dapper as heck, we might add). In his interview, the star discusses his relationship with Michael Jackson (nothing weird ever happened, he claims), his relationship with his parents (not good) and his current relationship with actress Brenda Song (really good -- the couple is trying for a baby). Overall, he comes across as goofy, healthy and a bit of a homebody, for which his absence could probably be blamed. But, it also seems clear that it’s time for him to shine again.
His brother Kieran has been on a roll as well, starring as Roman Roy in HBO's "Succession," for which he was nominated for Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture for TV. Why not Mack too, then? He clearly still has the same charisma and twinkle in his eye as when he was a child actor.
When we heard that “American Horror Story” creator Ryan Murphy agrees, we were thrilled for him. The cast for season 10 will include "AHS" alums and heavyweights Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters, who were both benched last season. No theme has been revealed yet, but it certainly seems like the beach will play into it somehow. Whether Mack will be a hero or a villain remains to be seen.
Always the prankster, Culkin asked his Twitter followers why he was trending after news broke that he joined the "AHS" cast:
Quite the opposite; it seems like he’s alive again (his career anyway) and we are living for this news. We’re ready when you are, Mr. Culkin.
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