Despite being released at the beginning of the 90’s Home Alone has remained one of THE quintessential Christmas movies ever. In that time its young cast members have all grown up and look nothing like their young fictional counterparts.
I guess it’s one of the effects of growing up. While most have followed the growth spurt – as well as the trials and tribulations – of Kevin, played by main star Macaulay Culkin, not much is known about the rest of the young McCallister clan.
Up until recently that is, back in 2015 Complex caught up with the actor who played Kevin’s older brother Biff, Devin Ratray. More recently we now know what Kevin’s sister Linnie, played by Angela Goethals is up to these days.
In 1990 she was cast as sassy sister and French articulate Linnie McCallister, she’s perhaps best known for uttering the immortal line ‘You’re what the French call ‘les incompetents’. Which of course means ‘the incompetent’.
Angela was only 13 when she appeared in Home Alone. Furthermore, she wasn’t recalled to star in 1992’s sequel Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, instead, her role was recast and given to Maureen Elisabeth Shay.
Today Angela is 40 years old and has a daughter with fellow actor Russell Soder who she has been married to for 12 years. In terms of her acting career, despite not reaching the heights of Home Alone she is still getting steady roles in the business.
She’s had bit roles in award-winning shows like Six Feet Under and 24, as well as starring in movies like Jerry Maguire alongside Tom Cruise and Rene Zellweger and Adam Sandler’s Spanglish.
She’s also had roles in Grey’s Anatomy, CSI, Without A Trace, and Law & Order. Coincidently Angela is much like her younger, fictional-self, Linne, as she is fluent in French, having studied at an undergraduate level at a private university (Vassar College) in Poughkeepsie, US.
Has this made you feel old? Are the anxiety pains of time yet kicking in, taunting you with the ills of old age and eventual death? If not congratulations, you’ve to realise time is relative and age is an inevitability which you cannot escape. In the immortal words of Aaliyah ‘Age ain’t nothing but a number’. We should point out that excuse does not hold up in a court of law.
In October it was discovered there is a direct link between much-loved TV sitcom Friends and the first two Home Alone films.
According to online production company 22 Vision, when Monica and Chandler decide to sell their beloved Manhattan apartment for a family home upstate – where they could raise their adopted children and have a room so Joey can ‘grow old’ – the house they end up choosing happens to be home to the McCallister’s.
While – technically – they don’t exist in the same universe, the reason for the similarities is because the crew of Friends decided to use stock footage which was filmed during the production of Home Alone to make the world outside the windows, and nobody even noticed.