When VEEP premiered in 2012, most people were surprised to see former child star, Anna Chlumsky, cursing up a storm on HBO. Three seasons later, the 34-year-old actress is now a two-time Emmy nominee for her role as Amy Brookheimer, the determined and sometimes ruthless Chief of Staff to Vice President Selina Meyer.
Ahead of the show’s fourth season premiere on Sunday, April 12, ETonline looks back on Chlumsky’s breakout role as Vada Sultenfuss in My Girl.
Only 10 years old at the time of filming, the young actress still had a lot to learn about the craft that would later make her a star. Luckily, Hollywood vets Jamie Lee Curtis and Dan Aykroyd not only played her parents, but also mentored her on set.
“They taught me little exercises,” the young star told ET in 1990 during a break from filming. Two of those acting exercises were “silent scream” and “tiny face” -- techniques she revealed that she still practices to this day.
“Oh yeah! I still do the ‘silent scream’ and ‘tiny face,’” Chlumsky told ETonline 25 years later. “That’s so funny that I spoke about it then because yeah, [Jamie] did teach us that.”
“You know, it gets energy in your face when you’re kind of losing energy,” she continued, explaining the benefit of the exercise. “And if it’s cold outside, it makes you warm. Yeah, I definitely do. I still use that.”
Those exercises have not only served her well on the set of VEEP, where she needs her energy to keep up with the show’s quick wit and precise comedic timing, but also on stage.
This year, Chlumsky made her Broadway debut in You Can’t Take It with You opposite James Earl Jones. “There’s just nothing like it,” she said of stepping onto the New York stage. “It’s magic. And it feels really right, which is wonderful.”
Following VEEP’s premiere, the 34-year-old actress will return to Broadway in the comedy, Living on Love, which opens at the Longacre Theatre in New York City on April 20.
VEEP returns to HBO for season four on Sunday, April 12 at 10:30 p.m. Tickets now available for Living on Love.