Home Alone icon Catherine O’Hara ‘wasn’t first choice’ for role of Kevin’s mum

Catherine O’Hara was a firm favourite with Home Alone fans after taking on the role of Kevin McCallister’s mum, Kate.

While she may have appeared in many, many other roles – including the iconic Moira Rose in Schitt’s Creek – it is the festive film she is mostly recognised for now, even three decades on.

However, Home Alone cinematographer Julio Macat dropped a huge bombshell that she wasn’t the first actress tipped for the part.

Chatting to Metro.co.uk about the magic of the Christmas film, ahead of the 30-year anniversary, he explained that his wife – Big actress Elizabeth Perkins – was in the frame.

‘My wife, Elizabeth Perkins, had a similar situation where she worked on a movie that also was very special,’ he told us. ‘You know the movie, Big? She was the girlfriend, Susan. 

‘We hadn’t met yet, and she filmed that movie almost a year before Home Alone. 


‘John Hughes [writer] asked her to be the Catherine O’Hara role, and she wasn’t able to do it, she was busy. 

‘But we would have met… We met on a movie called Miracle On 34th Street, so we would have met four or five years before. We met on the movie and we fell in love.’

Julio and Elizabeth eventually worked together on the festive flick, which was released in 1994.

They later became a couple and tied the knot in 2000.


Catherine went on to reprise her role of Kate in the Home Alone 2 sequel, Lost in New York, before going on to star in a string of other epic films and TV shows.

She was most recently lauded for her stint as Moria in Schitt’s Creek – for which she recently won an Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series.

Accepting the much-deserved gong earlier this year, the star channeled her inner Moira in her speech, telling viewers: ‘Thank you members of the television activity for nominating me alongside these very cool women, and for topping off this fun evening with this trophial treat. 

‘I will forever be grateful to Eugene and Daniel Levy for storing upon me the opportunity to play a woman of a certain age, my age… Who gets to fully be her ridiculous self.

‘I must pay an especially gaudiloquent tribute to Debra Hanson, our wardrobe whisperer, to my guardian makeup angel, and to our dare-doing hair wrangler.

‘Every day their munificent venistation made me who I thought I was, and I would be an ungrateful doddypoll not to share it with them.’

‘May I please wish you all a sound mind and a sound body,’ she added. ‘And though these are the strangest of days, may you have as much joy being holed up in a room or two with your family, as I had my dear with Roses.’

We have no idea what some of that means, but we’re thrilled for her nonetheless.

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