Macaulay Culkin has confirmed that he has "essentially retired" from acting. The former Home Alone star has remained largely out of the spotlight in recent years, and now spends his time painting, writing and "whatevering", he revealed in a new interview with New York Magazine.
"I'm a man in his mid-30s who is essentially retired," Macaulay said. "I kind of go where the wind takes me a bit."
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Macaulay Culkin: 'I kind of go where the wind takes me'
Despite his efforts to avoid attention, the 35-year-old still gets recognised by fans when he walks around the streets of New York. "Even if I don't get bugged, it's looming, it's there," he admitted. To prevent that, Macaulay often goes out in the middle of the night, when there are less people around.
"I'll take walks at 2 or 4 in the morning because there's nobody out on the streets and it's easy for me to unnoticed," he revealed.
The former child star often gets recognised on the streets of New York
The star now splits his time between New York and Paris, and said he particularly enjoys his time in France because the people there don't get star-struck when they see him. "It turned out that no, they recognised me, they just didn't care. I was like, 'Where have you people been my entire life,'" he said.
While he is usually able to escape his fame in France, Macaulay did share one funny story about a visit to a Parisian café that was using his name as its Wi-Fi password.
Macaulay became famous for his role in the 1990 movie Home Alone
The actor explained that when he walked into the cafe, a woman handed him a young photo of himself on a card.
"A waitress just gave it to me and walked away - their Wi-Fi code was 'Macaulay Culkin'," the actor said. "When she came back, I said, 'I like your Wi-Fi code.' She goes, 'Thank you,' and I say, 'C’est moi.' She turned white and brought over the owner of the place, who said, 'I knew you’d come here someday.'"