Anna Chlumsky burst onto the scene at the age of 10 as Vada in My Girl. Now, Chlumsky is starring in another season of the hit HBO show Veep, where she plays Amy Brookheimer, who served as chief of staff and later senior advisor. Here, the actress chats with us about what viewers can expect on the show this season, what it’s like working with her castmates Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale, and her thoughts on the state of real-life politics.
What can viewers expect on Veep this season? Anna Chlumsky: Selina's basically going through an identity crisis, and it's contagious for her former staff. We're all scattered to the wind and trying to find where we belong without the dream of the Selina Meyer presidency.
Will this season discuss or parody the 2016 election in any way? AC: No. It's basically a math problem. Our show is written, shot, and edited in the better part of a year, so we were already well under way with Season 6 by the time of the election.
What's it like working with your castmates like Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale? AC: Those two are so talented, dedicated, and impossible to watch when they're about to crack up in the middle of a scene.
What are the qualities in Amy that you admire and dislike? AC: I admire her quick wit, her distaste for suffering fools, and her tenacity. I dislike Amy's arrogance, temper, and lack of respect for others (although it's so much fun to play!).
Playing a chief of staff for so long, could you ever see yourself actually working in the White House or running for a political role? AC: No way, no how.
You have a degree in international studies. What are your thoughts on the state of politics right now? AC: Oh my gosh, so loaded. From an international relations point of view, I think it's definitely important to choose your battles and your bedfellows very carefully. I would recommend that everyone champion true democracies around the world, but sadly that idea seems to be an endangered notion in many governments of late, including our own.
You've had to do a lot of flying back and forth for Veep. What are some things you always carry with you? AC: Cross stitch, a book, lip balm, and my phone.
Do you have a vision of what you'll do after Veep? Any upcoming projects on the horizon? AC: I am hoping to sink my teeth into some really meaty roles both on stage and on screen. I just crave gorgeous text and compelling pieces. I'm getting a little more comfortable with the idea of developing work as well. There's a book I desperately want to be made into a limited series, so I'm pitching that around. I even dream of directing opera someday. There’s so much to explore. Mostly I'm just really looking forward to telling good stories.