Being nominated for an Emmy for her supporting turn on "Veep" was the second-best thing to happen to Anna Chlumsky last month. The actress, who broke into the business with the 1991 coming-of-age movie "My Girl," gave birth to a girl of her own a week before nominations were announced.
The recognition for her sharp turn as Amy, the careerist chief of staff for Julia Louis-Dreyfus' vice president, is further confirmation that Chlumsky made the right choice by returning to acting after a hiatus of a few years.
In this video chat, Chlumsky (it's actually easy to pronounce ... the "H" is silent) recalls the various "signs" that made her decide to circle back to acting (lesson: always listen to Roberta Flack), Beltway reaction to "Veep" and her career-consumed character and the artful way the show's writers craft the innumerable insults and profane put-downs heard on each episode.
Chlumsky's sunny and engaging and remarkably alert for someone with a 6-week-old child in tow. Have a listen, won't you?