Anna Chlumsky plays Amy, chief of staff to Julia Louis-Dreyfus's Selina Meyer, on HBO's critically acclaimed Veep. The comedy was recently picked up for a third season, and the actress stopped by our LA studios on the heels of the good news, giving us her prediction of what's ahead for the fictional White House. Anna also reflected on her upcoming real-life role as a new mom and told us about a celebrity run-in that sparked her to return to acting — more than 15 years after she first rose to fame with My Girl.
The pitfalls of young fame have been a hot topic online this week, with Mara Wilson — who played precocious roles in Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda — publishing an honest article about the good, bad, and ugly aspects of her own childhood experiences in the industry. So, when Anna stopped by our LA studios for an interview, we asked her whether she looks back on being out of the public eye during her teen years as a blessing.
"However my life unfolded — my adolescence unfolded — is exactly as it should have. Sometimes I did feel muscled into not having work because you just don't get work as a kid," Anna told us. "But I think it is a benefit that I got to stay at my high school and have a Summer job at the zoo and things like that. It is a good thing."
Anna also talked about what sparked her to give acting a try again . . . including a run-in at a nail salon with soul queen Roberta Flack. "If a person like that is saying, 'No, you gotta stick with it,' and telling you to perservere and to face your fears of it, then you gotta do that," Anna said. "And that kept happening. There were other people that I would meet, or I would have a friend that would say something that just clicked, or there was a psychic on the street who said that I had to stay in the business. It became much, much harder to ignore that I personally wanted to try it again."
Jake Gyllenhaal attended The Headstrong Project's first Words of War event in NYC last night. Along with his support, he lent his voice to the cause by reading the poem "Dulce et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen. The Headstrong Project aims to improve mental health care for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, and Jake also made a monetary donation by bidding $5,000 in the auction. He was joined by pregnant Veep star Anna Chlumsky, as well as the chairman of the Headstrong Project, Zach Iscol, for the charitable night.
It's been a busy week for Jake in the Big Apple. On Sunday night, he stepped out for the 2013 Lucille Lortel Awards, where he was nominated for outstanding featured actor for his role in the off-Broadway play If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet. Although he didn't take home an honor, he was able to present his costar Annie Funke with the award for featured actress.
The Tribeca Film Festival isn't the only celebration of cinema taking place this week. Right here in San Francisco, the San Francisco International Film Festival is underway, and it's got a long list of great movies lined up.
One of those is In the Loop, a British satire about the run-up to war. The film pokes fun at inept decision making on both sides of the pond, with a midlevel bumbling UK government minister, a self-important US official, a couple of rookie political aides, and a puffed-up Pentagon general combining for a comedy of errors (upon errors, upon errors, upon errors).
Fans of British comedy may already be familiar with one character, Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi), the raging, curse-word-happy director of communications, who's a main player on the series The Thick of It (which was actually turned into a US TV pilot with Mich Hurwitz and Christopher Guest a couple of years back). Other cast members include James Gandolfini, Mimi Kennedy, and My Girl's Anna Chlumsky. The film will open in the US in July, and to check out the trailer, just read more
I've been perusing the long list of interesting-looking movies scheduled for this year's Tribeca Film Festival, which starts this week. Some of them, like The Good Guy, are just starting to pick up buzz, and I'm anxious to find out what festivalgoers think once they've screened.
Gilmore Girl Alexis Bledel finds herself in a love triangle of sorts in a film by director Julio DePietro. The movie centers on a young Wall Street hotshot named Tommy Fielding (Scott Porter). The movie's description is intriguing:
[Tommy's] a rising star at his financial firm, and his budding romance with Beth (Alexis Bledel) could be the one. Then Tommy decides to take the new guy, Daniel (Bryan Greenberg), under his wing. Daniel — a quiet, stay-at-home, Banana Republic-wearing sort of guy — isn't exactly what you would call "Wall Street material," but Tommy sets out to teach him the ways of money and seduction. But as they each continue along their upward trajectories, their high-flying business lives complicate their personal lives, and money can't always fix everything.
Sounds timely and thought-provoking. Oh, Andrew McCarthy and Anna Chlumsky (My Girl!) appear in this as well. The movie will premiere at Tribeca on April 26 and I can't wait to hear what people have to say about it.
No trailer yet, but you can check out some photos from the movie if you read more
In addition to learning about two of the leads in the CW's Body Politic, there's plenty of other casting news making me smile today, including: