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Home Alone' Actress Catherine O'Hara Is a Mother of Two - Meet Her Sons

Bettina Dizon
Mar 04, 2022
12:34 P.M.

Catherine O'Hara undoubtedly established herself as a Hollywood icon with several acting credits under her belt. While her career as an actress shines bright, her role as a mother is no less important and successful. Together with her husband, Bo Welch, O'Hara raised two sons who joined her in the industry.

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Fans can easily recall the characters Catherine O'Hara brought to life, but not many know about the most significant role she took on – being a mother to two sons, Luke and Matthew Welch.

O'Hara kept her children away from the limelight for the longest time, but now that her boys are men, they have directed their lives into the same industry. Here's a look at O'Hara's sons, whom she shares with her husband, Bo Welch.

A side-by-side photo of Catherine O'Hara from 1994 and 2021. | Source: Getty Images

A side-by-side photo of Catherine O'Hara from 1994 and 2021. | Source: Getty Images

MEETING BO WELSH ON SET

O'Hara was an actress on Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice as Delia" (1988) when she met the film's production designer, Bo. It wasn't love at first sight for the couple, although the actress admitted that Bo was quite handsome. She told The New Yorker:

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"He was very attractive, and he finally asked me out. We went on location at the end of the movie, and we started dating. I moved to LA to be with him."

It didn't take long before they realized that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. In 1992, O'Hara and Bo tied the knot but continued to build their careers.

Bo Welch and Catherine O'Hara during the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020. | Source: Getty Images

Bo Welch and Catherine O'Hara during the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020. | Source: Getty Images

BUILDING A DREAM TOGETHER

Welch became a known production designer, working on the films "Batman Returns," "Edward Scissorhands," and "Men in Black." He later became a director, working on the movie "Cat in the Hat" and "A Series of Unfortunate Events," for which he earned an Emmy nomination.

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After she was announced as the winner, Bo had an applause track ready to play. Meanwhile, the star celebrated with a smear of red lipstick on her husband's face.

O'Hara's career was going just as great with roles in cult classics such as "A Mighty Wind," "Schitt's Creek," "Waiting for Guffman." In 1994, the couple pursued another journey together, parenthood.

Catherine O'Hara and Bo Welch during the 24th Annual Art Directors Guild Awards at InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown on February 01, 2020. | Source: Getty Images

Catherine O'Hara and Bo Welch during the 24th Annual Art Directors Guild Awards at InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown on February 01, 2020. | Source: Getty Images

BECOMING PARENTS

In 1994, O'Hara and Bo became parents to their firstborn, Matthew, and three years later, they welcomed another son, Luke. Although the actress continued to focus on her career, she raised her boys away from the spotlight.

The boys never made appearances in events with their parents and avoided social media. However, O'Hara shared a glimpse of their personalities during a 2007 interview for The Toronto Star. She revealed:

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"They're very funny, and we encourage it. The older one does Warner's cartoon bits – really old-fashioned, cheap [expletive] funny vaudeville stuff, and the little one does wordplay. I'm proud to say we all make each other laugh."

Catherine O'Hara during the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on February 09, 2020. | Source: Getty Images

Catherine O'Hara during the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on February 09, 2020. | Source: Getty Images

JOINING THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY

O'Hara did a great job raising them and influencing their entertainment streak. She had a lot on her hands, juggling her thriving career and motherhood, but she made sure to pull through.

While moving higher in Hollywood and copping accolades on her way, O'Hara and Bo raised their kids away from the spotlights. However, now that the boys are way into their adult years, they are both involved in Hollywood.

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Both sons worked with their mom on the set of "Schitt's Creek. She worked in front of the camera, Luke worked as an office production assistant, while another was a set dresser. Aside from these simple facts, not much is known about the two as they continue to live a private lifestyle.

Bo Welch and Catherine O'Hara during the Hammer Museum's 17th Annual Gala In The Garden on October 12, 2019. | Source: Getty Images

Bo Welch and Catherine O'Hara during the Hammer Museum's 17th Annual Gala In The Garden on October 12, 2019. | Source: Getty Images

A HOLLYWOOD POWER COUPLE

In a 2019 TIME interview, O'Hara shared that she wished she had more time with her children. "I'm always wondering where my kids are," she said. Although her sons are grown up now, there is still one more man in her life who will never leave her side, Bo.

This was evident when O'Hara appeared for her 2021 Golden Globes for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. Because of the pandemic, she had to film her experience from home, but her husband made it quite memorable by her side.

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After she was announced as the winner, Bo had an applause track ready to play. Meanwhile, the star celebrated with a smear of red lipstick on her husband's face.

ANOTHER HOLLYWOOD COUPLE

O'Hara and Bo are some of the many parents whose children chose a similar career path. "The Andy Griffith Show" star Ron Howard and Cheryl Howard's kids joined the entertainment industry as well, following in their footsteps as prolific actors.

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After landing her breakthrough role in "The Village, their daughter, Bryce, became an actress." She has since appeared in over 40 productions, including "Spider-Man 3," "Terminator Salvation," "Twilight," "The Help," and the "Jurassic World" franchise.

One of the couple's twin daughters, Paige, also joined the industry, becoming an actress in "Adventureland," following her education at the NYC Tisch School of the Arts.

Her other on-screen credits include "90210," "Arrested Development," "Medium," "stalkTALK," "The Astronauts," and "The Employer."

Meanwhile, Ron and Cheryl's other children, Jocelyn and Reed, chose different professions and lived a life away from the spotlight. Reed became a professional golfer and YouTuber, while not much information is known about his sister.

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