Catherine O’Hara admits she had ‘such a crush’ on her SCTV and Home Alone co-star John Candy: ‘He was just as lovely as you want him to be’

Catherine O’Hara opens up about her longtime crush on former co-star John Candy in a new interview.

The 69-year-old actress co-starred with Candy in SCTV, which debuted in 1976, and in her 1990 hit holiday classic Home Alone.

Candy was married to Rosemary Margaret Hobor from 1979 until his death in 1994 aged just 43.

While O’Hara didn’t think she had any romantic interest in her since he was happily married, she admitted that she had “such a crush” on the actor.

‘While O’Hara didn’t think she had any romantic interest in her since he was happily married, she admitted she had ‘such a crush’ on the actor.

Catherine O'Hara opens up about her longtime crush on former co-star John Candy in a new interview

Catherine O’Hara opens up about her longtime crush on former co-star John Candy in a new interview

The 69-year-old actress co-starred with Candy in SCTV, which debuted in 1976.

The 69-year-old actress co-starred with Candy in SCTV, which debuted in 1976.

They also starred together in her 1990 hit holiday classic Home Alone

They also starred together in her 1990 hit holiday classic Home Alone

“He was just as cute as you want him to be,” O’Hara admitted of her co-star, who began working with Candy in the band Second City in their hometown of Toronto in 1974.

She first served as an understudy for Gilda Radner, before leaving to star on Saturday Night Live for its debut season in 1975.

She originally started out as a waitress at Second City before joining the cast, and two years later she would star on SCTV alongside Candy, who always helped with her craft.

‘He will always be willing to do an improvisation with me after the show. You do a show and then you do improv after the show,’ she said.

‘That’s how you build the next show at Second City Theatre. And he was always willing to try any idea,’ she added.

She also said that he will often communicate with fans using two improvisational warnings: ‘yes, and…’ and ‘no, but…’

‘People always say “yes, and…” but “no, but…” is just as important,’ she explains, giving an example. ‘

Are you the doctor?’ “No, but I played one in commercials.” He was the king of it,’ she admitted.

“He was just as cute as you want him to be,” O’Hara admitted of her co-star, who began working with Candy in the band Second City in their hometown of Toronto in 1974.

She first served as an understudy for Gilda Radner, before leaving to star in Saturday Night Live for its debut season in 1975

She first served as an understudy for Gilda Radner, before leaving to star in Saturday Night Live for its debut season in 1975

Candy played Gus, the "Polka King of the Midwest," which gives O'Hara's character a lift to get home to her son (Macaulay Culkin) in Home Alone

Candy played Gus, the “Polka King of the Midwest”, who gives O’Hara’s character a lift to get home to her son (Macaulay Culkin) in Home Alone

“You’ll be on the street with him, in a mall, and someone will come up and just want to do comedy with him, and he’ll always pick it up right away and give something back and see their eyes light up, like, “Oh, I’m doing a little bit with John Candy,” she added.

‘It’s so nice not to have to make up a bull because people loved him. And when people ask, “How was he?” they want to hear what they think he will be like. And it’s so nice to be able to confirm their guesses about what he would be like in person,’ she added.

O’Hara continued that Candy was ‘just so generous and larger than life’. Maybe not bigger, but (what) life was supposed to be.’

Candy played Gus, the “Polka King of the Midwest,” who gives O’Hara’s character a lift to get home to her son (Macaulay Culkin) in Home Alone.