Anna Chlumsky

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Anna Chlumsky
Born (1980-12-03) December 3, 1980 (age 34)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Alma mater University of Chicago
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Shaun So (m. 2008)
Children 1

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 and 2014 for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.


1989–1998: Early career[edit]

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, she appeared or starred in several television film and series.[citation needed]

1999–2005: Hiatus from acting[edit]

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.[1]

2006–present: Return[edit]

Chlumsky appeared in the 30 Rock episode, "The Fighting Irish" as Liz Lemler. She appeared 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.[2]

She 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.[3]

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, co-starring 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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] In April 2012 Chlumsky "put to rest" any rumors that such a film was in development.[7] 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.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Chlumsky was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Nancy (née Zuncic), a singer, actress, and former stewardess, and Frank Chlumsky, Jr., a chef and saxophone player.[8][9][10]

Chlumsky is of Czech descent, and from a Catholic family.[11][12] She graduated from Walther Lutheran High School, and in 2002 from the University of Chicago. In October 2007, she announced her engagement to Army Reserve member Shaun So.[13] They married on March 8, 2008, in Brooklyn, New York, and have one child.[14]


Year Title Role Notes
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
2005 Wait Cara Short
2007 Blood Car Lorraine
2008 Eavesdrop Chelsea
2009 In the Loop Liza Weld
2009 The Good Guy Lisa
2009 My Sweet Misery Chloe
2010 Civil Unions: A Love Story Unnamed Short
2011 The Pill Nelly
2012 Bert and Arnie's Guide to Friendship Sabrina
Year Title Role Notes
1997 A Child's Wish Missy Chandler Movie
1997 Miracle in the Woods Gina Weatherby / Field Pea 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,
Lisa Klein
"Charity Case"
2009 House Rules Scotty Fisher Movie
2009 Cupid Josie 4 episodes; reworking of original Cupid series
2009 12 Men of Christmas Jan Lucas Movie
2010 The Quinn-tuplets Rachel Quinn Pilot movie
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 Movie
2011 White Collar Agent Melissa Matthews Episodes: "Where There's a Will", "Countdown"
Veep Amy Brookheimer Nominated: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2013, 2014),
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2013, 2014)
2012 Army Wives Jessica Anderson Episode: "Tough Love"
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jocelyn Paley Episode: "Twenty-Five Acts"
2013–14 Hannibal Miriam Lass 4 episodes


  1. ^ Caro, Mark (May 19, 2010). "'My Girl' star Anna Chlumsky all grown up". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  2. ^ a b Staff. "Anna Chlumsky: Actress". Amazon. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Anna Chlumsky to Star in Lanford Wilson's Balm in Gilead Off-B'way",; accessed May 14, 2014.
  4. ^ ""Chlumsky, Gandolfini in 'In The Loop'"". 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  5. ^ Bentley, Jean (December 3, 2010). "Congress Bans Loud Commercials, 'Dora the Explorer' Actress Withdraws Lawsuit and More". TV Squad. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  6. ^ "Dan Aykroyd Switches Gears and Starts Push for My Girl 3". Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  7. ^ "My Girl Star Reveals Nerdy Habits". Yahoo. April 26, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-26. 
  8. ^ Profile,; accessed May 14, 2014.
  9. ^ Obituary for Frank Chlumsky, Jr.,; accessed May 14, 2014.
  10. ^ Pearlman, Cindy (January 26, 1992). "The minors become a major force on the screen". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  11. ^ YouTube
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  13. ^ "My Girl's Anna Chlumsky Engaged". People. October 11, 2007. Archived from the original on March 29, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  14. ^ Saad, Nardine (18 July 2013). "Anna Chlumsky of 'Veep' toasts Emmy nomination, 1-week-old baby girl". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 

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