Anna Chlumsky

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Anna Chlumsky
Born(1980-12-03) December 3, 1980 (age 33)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Chicago
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Shaun So (m. 2008)
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Anna Chlumsky
Born(1980-12-03) December 3, 1980 (age 33)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Chicago
Years active1989–present
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[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, Chlumsky starred in several television film and series.

1999–2005: Hiatus from acting[edit]

As a child Chlumsky considered working with horses or in paleontology.[citation needed] 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 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.[2] 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.[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, 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.[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.

Personal life[edit]

Chlumsky was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Nancy (née Zuncic), a singer, actress, and former stewardess, and Frank Chlumsky, Jr., a chef and saxophone player.[8][9][10] She is of Czech descent.[11] Chlumsky graduated from Walther Lutheran High School, and in 2002 from the University of Chicago.

In October 2007, Chlumsky announced her engagement to Chinese-American Army Reserve member Shaun So.[12] They married on March 8, 2008 in Brooklyn, New York.[13] The couple has one daughter, Penelope Joan So (born July 2013).[14]


Film and television
1989Uncle BuckSchool Child
1991My GirlVada Margaret SultenfussWon – MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Macaulay Culkin)
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo (shared with Culkin)
1994My Girl 2Vada Sultenfuss
1994Trading MomElizabeth Martin
1995Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear MountainJody SalernoWon – Young Artist Awards for Best Young Leading Actress in a Feature Film
1997A Child's WishMissy ChandlerTV movie
1997Miracle in the WoodsGina Weatherby / Field PeaTV movie
1998CupidJillEpisode: "Meat Market"
1998Early EditionMegan ClarkEpisode: "Teen Angels"
2007Eight Days a WeekRiley McGannUnaired series
200730 RockLiz LemlerEpisode: "The Fighting Irish"
Law & OrderMary Calvin,
Lisa Klein
"Charity Case"
2007Blood CarLorraine
2009House RulesScotty FisherTV movie
2009In the LoopLiza Weld
2009The Good GuyLisa
2009Cupid (2009 TV series)Josie4 episodes; the 2nd rom-com dramedy of the same name
2009My Sweet MiseryChloe
200912 Men of ChristmasJan LucasTV movie
2010The Quinn-tupletsRachel QuinnTV (pilot) movie
2010Civil Unions: A Love StoryShort
2010Covert AffairsVivian LongEpisode: "I Can't Quit You Baby"
2011Lights OutCharlieEpisodes: "Headgames", "The Shot"
2011Three Weeks, Three KidsJennifer MillsTV Movie
2011The PillNelly
2011White CollarAgent Melissa MatthewsEpisodes: "Where There's a Will", "Countdown"
2012Bert and Arnie's Guide to FriendshipSabrina
VeepAmy BrookheimerSeries regular
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2013)
2012Army WivesJessica AndersonEpisode: "Tough Love"
2012Law & Order: Special Victims UnitJocelyn PaleyEpisode: "Twenty-Five Acts"
2013-2014HannibalMiriam Lass3 episodes


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