For many stars, the spotlight is something you don’t take lightly. For the Culkins, it’s something to be avoided altogether. You wouldn’t blame them for feeling this way. They grew up stalked by strangers. “I think well-adjusted, smart people that experience it first- or second-hand would not pursue it,” Kieran Culkin said to Vanity Fair. “I’ll totally take personal happiness over success, absolutely. If I’m miserable, then what’s the f**king point?”
As Macaulay’s younger brother, Kieran remembers being surrounded by fans in public. One daring fan ripped the hat off of his brother’s head to get a better look at his face. “Yeah, it’s him,” she said to her companions. And then, “You’re not that cute,” to the young actor.
This is no ordinary reaction, but ordinary was not for the Culkins. Mila Kunis, star actress and wife to Ashton Kutcher, understands fame. But even she still can’t understand what happens to people when they see Macaulay.
While on The Howard Stern Show, Kunis spoke of the eight years she spent dating Macaulay. “You couldn’t walk down the street with him,” she said. “He always had this weird attraction. Fans just screamed when they saw him. They didn’t know how to react. It wasn’t like a normal response to a celebrity.”