Watch: Anna Chlumsky on re-teaming with ‘Veep’ creator Armando Iannucci

Anna Chlumsky is no stranger to the work of “Veep” creator, Armando Iannucci, having starred in his 2009 Oscar-nominated “In the Loop.” As she tells GoldDerby in the video chat below, “I certainly felt like I had my footing and I was so excited to do that kind of work again.”

And why was that? “It’s very unique what you get to do with Arm [Iannucci], he’s so trusting and he knows that you show up … and he just lets you fly… not a lot of directors trust you that much. In between doing ‘In the Loop’ and the pilot for ‘Veep,’ I was craving that again, so I know that day one I was like raring to go.”

Because of her work on “In the Loop,” she didn’t have to audition for the role of Amy, Chief of Staff to the Vice President (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) on the HBO show. But, as she recalls, that had not been the case for the film: “I was doing a really, really dark play where I had to do a lot of insane things … had to stage smoke meth, had to stage do S&M… it was a heavy play; lots of murders. So I got called in for “In the Loop” and he [Iannucci] didn’t want preparation. He wanted to see what you could come up at a cold reading cause he wanted to see how game you could be I think … and I was totally totally game because I was like, ‘Oh my gosh it’s going to be so refreshing.'”

The second season of “Veep” introduced Amy’s family and further developed her rivalry/alliance with Dan. She admits “I relish that as an actor, any more facets you can add to a dynamic between characters or to an individual character itself, I’m always happy to play with.”

She says the show and her character ring true: “I have a friend who works in the EEOB who’s convinced Amy is based on someone he knows, and I’ve never met her: so she’s not. At least we’re getting something right.”

And, although one might expect this cynical satire of the political establishment to rub insiders the wrong way, Chlumsky says, “We have awesome support from people in the political field and in DC. Both from highly visible politicians to staffers who are behind the scenes … It’s very therapeutic to laugh at oneself even if it can be a little painful.”

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