Once upon a time, Macaulay Culkin was a prepubescent heartthrob who could outwit career criminals, secure his family fortune, and make us sob like no other. He was a millionaire by age 10, but his early fame led to a dysfunctional family setting. “My father was overbearing,” Culkin said in the past. “Very controlling. He was always the way he is, even before my success. He’d play mind games to make sure I knew my place.” After his infamous portrayal of club-kid-turned-convicted-murderer Michael Alig in the cult classic Party Monster, Culkin’s career took a massive shift. With long, uncombed hair, scraggly facial hair, and a slender frame, rumors spread that Culkin was suffering from a severe drug addiction to heroin, Oxycodone, Percocet, and Vicodin. Though his reps denied that he was battling addiction, suddenly Culkin was no longer an actor—he was a marvel: a former child star “gone wrong” for the media and public to speculate upon and gawk at.
As the years passed and the media found new subjects to focus on, Culkin faded into normal, everyday life, as I imagine every child actor daydreams about doing at one point or another. Still, Culkin is occasionally shot by the paparazzi while walking around Brooklyn, New York. And while everyone expects him to be a washed-up child actor, Culkin is odd, honest, and self-aware in a way that would intimidate most people.
He’s climbed his way out of Hollywood and all of its vanity, and he’s living his best life. If you don’t believe me, just check out the gallery below.