By Matthew Blank
03 Jul 2012
Chlumsky has appeared onstage in such productions as Measure for Measure, Darwin in Malibu, Half Life, The Butcherhouse Chronicles, The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero and Unconditional.
Her screen work includes the lead role in "My Girl" and "My Girl 2," "Uncle Buck," "Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain," "Cupid", "Law & Order" and "30 Rock."
She currently plays chief of staff Amy on HBO's "Veep."
|Full given name:||Anna Mary Chlumsky|
|Where you were born/where you were raised:||Broadview, IL|
|What your parents did/do for a living:||Mom: Public school music teacher|
Dad: Chef/Culinary instructor
|Siblings:||1 half-brother. He rocks. :)|
|Special skills:||Needlepoint and crochet|
|Something you're REALLY bad at:||Video games|
|First Broadway show you ever saw:||The Secret Garden|
|If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be?||The original Into the Woods or Sweeney Todd|
|Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations as a young actor?||
Inspirations: Vivien Leigh, Bernadette Peters, Bette Davis, Ann Miller. |
Also, as a kid, I had this choreographer named Brenda Didier. I loved everything about her. I would wear warm-up clothes to school - jazz shoes, legwarmers and all - because I was so into her.
|Current show you have been recommending to friends:||One Man, Two Guvnors and Once|
|Favorite showtunes of all time:||
"I Am What I Am"
"The Impossible Dream"
|Some favorite musicals:||
A Little Night Music|
Into the Woods
La Cage aux Folles
|Some favorite modern plays:|| Pillowman|
The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
|Some favorite modern playwrights:||Edward Albee, John Guare, Nicky Silver, Rebecca Gilman, Amy Herzog|
|Stage or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with:||Jimmy Durante, Eddie Cantor, Gene Kelly, Marjorie Main|
|The one performance – attended - that you will never forget:||My family and I saw the revival tour of Show Boat at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. At the finale, the full company performed "Old Man River," and I get chills just thinking about it.|
|Music that makes you cry, any genre:||Mahler, Tchaikovsky and Bernstein can all really get to me. Also, when PBS airs the clip of Zero Mostel performing "If I Were a Rich Man," I'm a mess.|
|You personal acting idols:||Bette Davis, Karl Malden, Vivien Leigh, Jimmy Stewart, Jack Lemmon, Emma Thompson, Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore, I could go on...|
|MAC or PC?||MAC|
|Most-visited websites:||art.sy, shopstyle.com, goodreads.com|
|Most played song on your iPod:||Lately the most-played is "Déjame Entrar" by Carlos Vives.|
|Last book you read:||"Devil in the White City"|
|Must-see TV show(s):||
"Veep" (duh!), "Girls," "Game of Thrones," "Downton Abbey," "Nurse Jackie," "Justified," "So You Think You Can Dance." |
And a good dose of "RuPaul's Drag Race" can't hurt. ;)
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