Christy Grosz is an Awardsline contributor.
Occasionally she still gets recognized on the street for her starring role in 1991’s My Girl, but Anna Chlumsky is better known these days for HBO’s Veep, in which she plays the Vice President’s chief of staff Amy Brookheimer, an all-business problem-solver who spends much of her time keeping VP Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) out of political hot water. Chlumsky, who received a supporting actress Emmy nom last year, also took a left turn to appear on NBC’s Hannibal this season. “I was happy to do something completely different. It stretches you just enough,” she says of her role as ill-fated FBI trainee Miriam Lass. Here, she speaks about working with Veep showrunner Armando Iannucci and the luxury of being pickier about roles.
AWARDSLINE: You worked with Armando Iannucci previously on In The Loop. What has your experience been like on Veep?
ANNA CHLUMSKY: We’re unlike any television show that I’ve heard of (because) we actually workshop the episodes first. We all get into a room with the writers and read whatever draft we’ve got of each episode. Then after we read the draft, we get up on our feet and we work out scenes. Improv goes into those sessions and the writers are just furiously taking notes. A lot of times that stuff will end up in the production draft and (then) onscreen. So it’s all about collaboration, which is probably the reason why I have vowed that I will follow Armando Iannucci anywhere. It’s just the most delicious way to work. (more…)