December 3, 1980 |
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Chicago|
|Spouse(s)||Shaun So (m. 2008)|
Anna Chlumsky (born December 3, 1980) is an American film, stage and television actress who rose to prominence for her role as Vada Sultenfuss in My Girl (1991), as well as in its 1994 sequel. Chlumsky abandoned her acting career in 1999 to study at the University of Chicago, and pursued other work before returning to acting in her late twenties, starring in independent films such as Blood Car (2007) and In the Loop (2009). As of 2012, Chlumsky has a starring role in the HBO series Veep, for which she was nominated in 2013 for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
1989–1998: Early career
Chlumsky entered show business at an early age, modeling with her mother in an advertising campaign, though her roles in My Girl (1991) and My Girl 2 (1994) brought her fame. She also starred in Trading Mom (1994) alongside Sissy Spacek, as well as in Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain with Christina Ricci. In the mid to late 1990s, Chlumsky starred in several television film and series.
1999–2005: Hiatus from acting
As a child Chlumsky considered working with horses or in paleontology. Once she reached adulthood, roles became scarce and she began to consider other careers. She attended the University of Chicago, graduating in 2002 with a BA in International Studies.
After graduation she worked as a fact-checker for the Zagat Survey and served as an editorial assistant for a HarperCollins science fiction-fantasy imprint. She found this work unsatisfying and decided to return to acting. She went to the Atlantic Acting School in Manhattan to receive formal training.
Chlumsky appeared on the March 8, 2007, episode of 30 Rock, called "The Fighting Irish", as Liz Lemler; as Mary Calvin in a season 17 episode of Law & Order, first airing on January 12, 2007; and as Lisa Klein in a season 20 episode, first airing March 15, 2010. She was in four episodes of the ABC dramedy Cupid.
Chlumsky starred in the Off Broadway production of Unconditional by Brett C. Leonard at The Public Theater, which opened on February 2008; it was produced by the LAByrinth Theater Company, She also starred in Lanford Wilson's Balm in Gilead in November 2005 at the American Theatre of Actors in New York City. In June 2012 she starred in the world premiere of David Adjmi's 3C at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York.
She appeared in Armando Iannucci's BBC Films political satire In The Loop, costarring with Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, Chris Addison, James Gandolfini, and Mimi Kennedy, a quasi-spinoff of Iannucci's BBC TV series The Thick of It. She plays Liza, a State Department assistant in the movie. Chlumsky currently plays the chief of staff to vice-president Julia Louis-Dreyfus in HBO's Veep, also produced by Iannucci.
Dan Aykroyd, who played her father in the two My Girl films, has said that a script for a third film has been in development since 2003. In April 2012 Chlumsky "put to rest" any rumors that such a film was in development.
In addition to her role on Veep, Chlumsky has appeared in multiple television series between 2011 and 2013, including White Collar, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and NBC's adaptation of Hannibal.
Chlumsky was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Nancy (Zuncic), a singer, actress, and former stewardess, and Frank Chlumsky, Jr., a chef and saxophone player. She is of Czech descent. Chlumsky graduated from Walther Lutheran High School, and in 2002 from the University of Chicago.
In October 2007, Chlumsky announced her engagement to Army Reserve member Shaun So. They married on March 8, 2008 in Brooklyn, New York. The couple has one daughter, Penelope Joan So (born July 2013).
|1989||Uncle Buck||School Child|
|1991||My Girl||Vada Margaret Sultenfuss||Won – MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Macaulay Culkin)
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo (shared with Culkin)
|1994||My Girl 2||Vada Sultenfuss|
|1994||Trading Mom||Elizabeth Martin|
|1995||Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain||Jody Salerno||Won – Young Artist Awards for Best Young Leading Actress in a Feature Film|
|1997||A Child's Wish||Missy Chandler||TV movie|
|1997||Miracle in the Woods||Gina Weatherby / Field Pea||TV movie|
|1998||Cupid||Jill||Episode: "Meat Market"|
|1998||Early Edition||Megan Clark||Episode: "Teen Angels"|
|2007||Eight Days a Week||Riley McGann||Unaired series|
|2007||30 Rock||Liz Lemler||Episode: "The Fighting Irish"|
|Law & Order||Mary Calvin,
|2009||House Rules||Scotty Fisher||TV movie|
|2009||In the Loop||Liza Weld|
|2009||The Good Guy||Lisa|
|2009||Cupid (2009 TV series)||Josie||4 episodes; the 2nd rom-com dramedy of the same name|
|2009||My Sweet Misery||Chloe|
|2009||12 Men of Christmas||Jan Lucas||TV movie|
|2010||The Quinn-tuplets||Rachel Quinn||TV (pilot) movie|
|2010||Civil Unions: A Love Story||Short|
|2010||Covert Affairs||Vivian Long||Episode: "I Can't Quit You Baby"|
|2011||Lights Out||Charlie||Episodes: "Headgames", "The Shot"|
|2011||Three Weeks, Three Kids||Jennifer Mills||TV Movie|
|2011||White Collar||Agent Melissa Matthews||Episodes: "Where There's a Will", "Countdown"|
|2012||Bert and Arnie's Guide to Friendship||Sabrina|
|Veep||Amy Brookheimer||Series regular
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2013)
|2012||Army Wives||Jessica Anderson||Episode: "Tough Love"|
|2012||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Jocelyn Paley||Episode: "Twenty-Five Acts"|
|2013||Hannibal||Miriam Lass||Episode: "Entrée"|
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- "Entertainment Weekly Online; "Chlumsky, Gandolfini in 'In The Loop'"". Ew.com. 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2011-03-27.
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- Johnson, Zach (March 28, 2013). "Anna Chlumsky Pregnant With First Child: See Her Baby Bump!". US Weekly. Retrieved 2013-07-18.
- "Anna Chlumsky Welcomes Daughter Penelope Joan". People. July 18, 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-18.