Star kids: Alex D. Linz

Alex D. Linz has taken over the bad-boy role made famous by Macaulay Culkin in the first two “Home Alone” movies with his role in the forthcoming “Home Alone 3.” Next year, he will also have the title role in “Bruno,” which is being directed by Shirley MacLaine.

But this impressive beginning to his career doesn’t particularly impress 8-year-old Linz. He was too busy having fun hanging out in Chicago while filming “Home Alone 3” to think about such things.

“I like meeting new friends and spending a long time somewhere else,” he says. “In Chicago, everything is packed together, and you don’t have to drive to go somewhere cool, like Dave & Buster’s Video Games.”

The recipient of this year’s ShoWest Young Star of the Year Award got his big break when he was cast as Sammy opposite Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney in last year’s “One Fine Day.” But even before that, he was an acting veteran, having performed since the age of five, when he landed the lead role of Teddy in the Danielle Steele made-for-TV movie, “Vanished.”

“I was approached by a lot of people at the mall and elsewhere who thought that Alex would be good on TV,” says his mother, Deborah Baltaxe. “Then he expressed an interest after watching some commercials. I had a friend in law school who used to do casting and she guided me. Now here we are.”

Linz has also appeared on episodes of “Lois and Clark,” “Cybill” and “Step by Step,” and has a recurring role as young Phillip on “The Young and the Restless,” a title that fits him to a tee.

“I like to rollerblade, hike, swim, play videogames, go to the beach, go to parks, hang out with my friends and go to Santa Barbara,” he rattles off, naming just a few of his ever-expanding list of interests.

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