Former child star Macaulay Culkin says Michael Jackson is one of his "very best friends in the world" and the two formed a bond over what it was like to grow up in the spotlight.

"We had very similar experiences in childhood," Culkin told New York magazine. "We're both going to be 8 years old forever in some place because we never had a chance to be 8 when we actually were."

Culkin, now 20, is starring in the play "Madame Melville" in New York, his first work as an actor in six years. He is best known for the 1990 hit "Home Alone."

Culkin told the magazine that he first became friends with Jackson when he was 9 and that Jackson invited him and his family to Jackson's sprawling home, Neverland.

It was a child's dream, with "every kind of soda in the world there, every kind of candy. A two-floor arcade, a carnival and a movie theater," said Culkin, who is the godfather of Jackson's son, Prince Michael, and daughter, Paris.

"Neverland is still the only place on earth where I feel absolutely, 100 percent comfortable," Culkin said.