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Anna Chlumsky on Keeping It Together on "Veep"

Friday, April 11, 2014

Anna Chlumsky talks about her Emmy-nominated role in the HBO comedy “Veep.” She plays Amy Brookheimer, the ambitious chief of staff to Vice President Selina Meyer, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Chlumsky explained how Amy approaches her job: "I think Amy fancies herself someone who is willing to lose some of the battles now, maybe in her personal life or, you know, in her dynamic with Selina, in order to win the long game…Amy’s like her one-woman mafia – every favor she does, she’s going to call in somewhere."

The cast of "Veep" has consulted with lots of people who work in politics. "We know that it’s only funny if it’s as rooted in truth as possible. Especially because it’s so farcical what we’re actually doing, so we’re very committed to tell people’s stories the way they know it and the way they live it."

She described the show's collaborative rehearsal process: “[creator and executive producer Armando Ianucci] likes to workshop his scripts…where he’ll have a draft that all these brilliant writers…will come up with. And then he gets the cast around a table, we all read it, and then we all get up on our feet and just muck around. And then all the writers’ll be furiously taking notes. And then in the next drafts you start to see some of the things that you did in that rehearsal period.”

Guests:

Anna Chlumsky

Comments [3]

My god, Andy is not letting her get a WORD IN EDGEWISE!

Apr. 11 2014 01:36 PM
Jon Antis from BENSONHURST

PLEASE ASK ANNA ANBOUT HER RECENT APPEARANCES ON NBC'S "HANNIBAL". I LOVE THAT SHOW AND HER WORK IN GENERAL. THANKS! :)

Apr. 11 2014 12:48 PM
Dave from Sunset Park

You have to ask Ms. Chlumsky about her role in Hannibal. The ending to the last episode was very surprising!

Apr. 11 2014 12:23 PM

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