When it comes to childhood tearjerkers, few films loom quite as large as 1991’s My Girl. The story of the close friendship between young Vada Sultenfuss — played by Anna Chlumsky — and Thomas J. Sennett (Macaulay Culkin), My Girl has one of the most tragic endings in cinematic history, thanks in large part to the emotional central performances by Chlumsky and Culkin.
After appearing in 1994’s My Girl 2 without Culkin, Chlumsky took a significant break from acting and attended the University of Chicago, ultimately graduating with a degree in international studies in 2002. However, Chlumsky still wanted to act, and after training at New York City’s Atlantic Acting School, she booked the role of a lifetime as Amy Brookheimer on HBO’s biting political satire Veep.
Alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, and a whole host of other talented comedians, Chlumsky shined as the uptight, eternally stressed Amy, and earned six Emmy nods for her supporting role. If you were a fan of My Girl as a child and haven’t caught Veep yet, it might be shocking to see little Vada display such a foul mouth, but there’s no denying that Chlumsky’s performance on Veep is a comedic tour de force.