Home Alone star Kristin Minter admits she has only watched the Christmas movie ONCE in 33 years – and couldn’t even finish it because she ‘burst into TEARS’ as soon as she saw herself on screen
The film has been at the top of everyone's Christmas viewing list for more than 30 years, but one Home Alone star has admitted she's only seen it once – and not all the way through.
Kristin Minter played the role of Heather McCallister in the festive 1990 film alongside Macaulay Culkin, Catherine O'Hara and Joe Pesci, but despite the blockbuster's huge success she said she doesn't feel like watching it in December like everyone.
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com, the 58-year-old actress revealed that the very first time she watched the beginning of Home Alone at a screening, she felt “quite ill” and “burst into tears” and has never felt the need to retune.
Minter first realized that she didn't like seeing herself on screen when one evening after a day of filming, she invited the children from the cast of Home Alone to come to her room and watch television.
Home Alone is one of the most beloved Christmas films and stars a young Macaulay Culkin
Kristin Minter played the role of Heather McCallister in the film when she was 22 years old
Actress Kristin, now 58, spoke exclusively to DailyMail.com about her role in the film
“We watched movies in my room and ate pizza,” she remembers. “I had a recurring role on the TV show The Outsiders, which aired while we were filming, and I remember inviting everyone to my room and never seeing myself on TV or anything, and suddenly I started getting very sick and I had to cancel because I wanted to see it for myself.
'I think I'm going to be quite ill. I've actually only seen Home Alone once, and I wouldn't even say I've seen it all the way through, at a screening. I remember going to see Goodfellas, which came out just before I went to the screening of Home Alone.”
Pesci played Tommy DeVito in Martin Scorsese's crime drama, which was released in September 1990, but also played Harry Lyme in Home Alone – a burglar who meets his match in Culkin's Kevin McCallister.
Minter and Pesci share a very brief scene early in the film in which his character pretends to be a police officer and asks Heather, “Do your parents live here?” to which she replies, “My parents live in Paris, sorry.”
Referring to the first time she watched Goodfellas, Minter continued, “I remember seeing Joe Pesci's face and because I had met Joe Pesci, I now clock the size of his face in real life and then the size of his face on the screen. and I started getting sick during Goodfellas!
'I actually had to walk out of the cinema to get some fresh air and stuff and then I remember with Home Alone it was the first screening I'd ever been to of something I was in and as soon as I saw my face I just cracked up I release. in tears. And I never sat and looked at it again. I've seen bits and pieces, but I hate hearing my voice.”
Minter continued, “Unless it's something that doesn't suit me at all, like when I play a drug addict… I play a lot of bad guys and I'm really okay with looking at things that are absolutely not me and the worse they make me . look, the easier it is for me to look! Like I'm trying to be attractive for the camera, but… I'm just not my type!'
Minter is seen several times in the first 20 minutes of the film as the McCallister family prepares for a trip to France in the enormous country house where Macaulay's character Kevin lives with his parents Kate (O'Hara) and Peter, who is played by John Heard. .
Heather was one of the older cousins in the film preparing for a Christmas vacation to France
Heather was the one responsible for counting the crew before the McCallister departed for Chicago's O'Hare International Airport
Macaulay's character Kevin McCallister was accidentally left Home Alone by his family
When the family accidentally sleeps in, they're in a huge rush to get to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on time – and Heather is the one responsible for counting all the kids before they leave.
She confuses the McCallister's neighbor, Mitch Murphy, as Kevin and therefore the group leaves for Europe without the youngster – who wakes up moments later to find himself all alone at home.
Minter revealed that many of the film's fans, who she hangs out with, op Cameo, believe that what happened to Kevin is actually Mitch Murphy's fault, saying, “I didn't even know who Mitch Murphy was! I had to look it up and then I realized he was the kid in the van. So personally, I think it was Mitch Murphy's parents' fault!'
Minter even insisted that Heather was the only person who wasn't mean to Kevin during the scene where the family is in the kitchen eating pizza and the chaos ensues after Kevin pushes his big brother Buzz (Devin Ratray) onto the dining room table.
'I thought his family was a bit mean to him. I'm the only character who isn't mean to him!' she claimed before admitting it was a “very long day of eating pizza” when they filmed the memorable kitchen scene.
When asked what she thought about Culkin, now 43, recently getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Minter said, “I'm so happy for him. He deserves that star so much. That little kid carried the movie and it wasn't easy, and I have a lot of respect for Macaulay Culkin. It must have been a difficult time for him.'
Culkin's former co-star and on-screen mother, O'Hara, attended his Walk of Fame ceremony and tenderly touched his face as she gave a heartfelt speech about the actor – 33 years after their first meeting.
“Home Alone was, is and always will be a beloved global sensation… the reason families around the world can't let a year go by without watching and loving Home Alone together is because of Macaulay Culkin,” the 69-year-old – said the old actress.
Cathrine O'Hara played Kevin's mother, Kate McCallister, in the hit film
O'Hara gave a heartfelt speech at the ceremony for Culkin's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 1
Calling Culkin's performance “perfect,” she added, “I know you worked very hard, I know that, but you made acting seem like the most normal thing in the world.”
She said Culkin brings his “sweet and twisted, yet completely relatable sense of humor to every project he does,” saying, “It's a sign of intelligence in a child and a key to survival at any age.”
“Macaulay, congratulations. You deserve your star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And thank you for bringing me, your fake mother who left you home alone not once but twice, to share in this happy occasion. I am so proud of you.'