Macaulay Culkin did *not* want to do that kiss in My Girl, and consider our childhood crushed

Macaulay Culkin stopped by Ellen to talk about his upcoming projects, but obviously, Ellen couldn’t let him get away without addressing some of his best ’90s moments — like his sweet kiss with Anna Chlumsky in My Girl. As it turns out, Macaulay Culkin did *not* want to do the kiss in My  Girl, but you’ll totally get his reasoning for that.

When shown a photo on Ellen of his 1991 movie kiss, Macaulay Culkin laughed and gave an unexpected response.

"I did not want to do that," the actor revealed to Ellen. Why, Macaulay? Why would you try to break my heart more than that movie already did? "We were friends," he continued, referring to co-star Chlumsky. "We got along, but I was like... 'Ew, a girlI have to kiss a girl?'"

Okay, okay, I hear you on that. But he’s a professional, so he took a deep breath and got through the moment all the same. The result? A truly iconic movie moment for everyone who was young and idealistic, and can remember what it’s like to have your first big crush.

“At the time I was like, ‘This is so embarrassing,’” Culkin explained to the audience, “But, you know, you gotta do what you gotta do!”

Ellen then went on to take Macaulay Culkin through a tour of his most ’90s moments, and just *try* not to giggle at them.

Culkin is now 37, and mostly retired from acting by the age of 14. Today, he works on his music, records a podcast, and generally “enjoys his hobbies” because at 18, he inherited pretty much all of the money he’d ever need to live. That’s not an exaggeration; he literally explained to Ellen that he no longer “works for his supper.” That’s all thanks to his work as a child actor, including the kiss with Chlumsky for My Girl.

His other ’90s greatest hits include hosting Saturday Night Live as a *literal child* and posing for a photo with a young Neil Patrick Harris, Will Smith, and Jaleel White (aka Steve Urkel). Don’t worry! Ellen walks him through it all slowly. And it’s what your Monday needs.

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