Macaulay Culkin has been out of the spotlight basically since the mid-1990s. Everyone knows who he is and he’ll pop up every once in a while, but for the most part, he’s lived in obscurity. Culkin decided that after 10 years without any major interview, he would break his silence and let people in on what he’s been up to since we last saw him.
The Guardian sat down with Culkin to get an insight into what his life is like, and it turns out it’s actually pretty interesting. One of his favorite things to do is to pick up and go. He’s not afraid to experience new ways of life. He said, “Home is where my boots are. I’m a big fan of jumping on people’s tourbuses, making myself useful, doing load-ins and outs. I do everything except the merch table. I tried that, but… we didn’t sell anything.”
And although he’s always on the run, Culkin said he’s been feeling better than ever, “I try to figure out what makes me happy — and not in a superficial way. I keep my soul fit. I know enough to know I don’t know.”
What he does know is that he’s grateful for his past for allowing him to figure it out. Culkin told The Guardian that he would never say he regretted his past because that is too strong a word. He said, “It’s allowed me to become the person I am, and I like me, so I wouldn’t change a thing. Not having to do anything for my dinner, financially, lets me treat every gig like it’s the last.”
For now, it seems, Culkin is happy that his gig isn’t acting. He’s enjoying his role in his joke-turned-real side project, The Pizza Underground, and avoiding the paparazzi so that his soul can stay fit.
On the spectrum of ways child celebrities can turn out, it’s pretty clear that Culkin made the best out of his choices.