Anna Chlumsky isn’t alone. In fact, the actress, best known for her role as the sweet and spunky Veda in the beloved 1991 dramedy My Girl, is surrounded by artists constantly remembered for their former nostalgia-inducing projects. On her new HBO series Veep, Chlumsky, 31, stars alongside the likes of Seinfeld vet Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Arrested Development alum Tony Hale. In pop culture terms, when Veda met Elaine and Buster.
“It wasn’t even just a relief with work with Armando again, it’s one of the best joys of my career so far,” Chlumsky says. “Just to work with him even once during In The Loop and then to be called up again to do an even longer project. He and his team [including scribe Simon Blackwell] works in a way that just really gels with the way I work. I’ve always just felt really trusted by them and so fulfilled, so that was something I was really looking forward to doing again. It was neat because it was a new venture, a new character.”
That character is Amy, the hard-working, if not incredibly stressed-out, Chief of Staff to Louis-Dreyfus’ Selina Meyer, the well-meaning, but gaffe-prone Vice President of the United States of America. While their characters and the setting are unequivocally American, the humor is pure Iannucci. But Chlumsky is not worried about the laughs getting lost in translation with U.S. audiences, or with anyone outside of political world.