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.

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.