Anna Chlumsky Q&A: ‘Veep’
The third season of "Veep" had a surprise ending with U.S. Vice President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) actually becoming the new President. In a chat with Gold Derby (watch below), co-star Anna Chlumsky reveals, "The first moment was pure shock, and you're just ‘OK, I didn’t really think it was a possibility.'"
With that interesting development, does the HBO show even keep the same name? Chlumsky adds, "None of us knew what it would be called, and we still don’t."
After that initial shock, Chlumsky had "sheer admiration of our writers and our creator Armando Iannucci for the audacity to go there." She says, "It gives me a bit of a creative thrill to think that they’re willing do that and put our characters in such a surprising situation."
Chlumsky recently earned her second straight Emmy nomination for playing Amy Brookheimer, the right-hand woman to the V.P. For the category of Best Comedy Supporting Actress, she is up against Mayim Bialik ("The Big Bang Theory"), Julie Bowen ("Modern Family"), Allison Janney ("Mom"), Kate McKinnon ("Saturday Night Live"), and Kate Mulgrew ("Orange is the New Black").
Regarding the continued recognition, she adds, "It’s pretty great, I have to admit. The first one was a really kind of encouraging ‘you’re doing the right thing, keep going, keep doing what you’re doing.’ It felt so nice to be recognized by your peers and by my industry. And the second one is like ‘yeah, it wasn’t a fluke the first time.’"
On playing Amy, who this year rose to Selina’s campaign manager, Chlumsky says, "Whether or not they realize it, they are skirting the edge of family because they’re at the point where they don’t know why they’ve been in each other’s lives this long. Amy has bet on this horse to take them all the way and be the first female President. While Amy can be a cynic and be pretty pessimistic and negative at times, I think she’s got bit of idealism in her and that’s why she sticks with Selina."
Chlumsky says the tone of the show "feels like one voice, and I really believe that’s because of the way we workshop." This is where draft scripts are played out by the cast using improv and then reworked by the writers. She adds, "It’s always dependent on the people in the room, and gosh, just saying it out loud makes me even that much more grateful I get to be in the room."