HBO Veep’s Anna Chlumsky

Did you watch the premiere of Veep last night? Well we did. And we figured it was as good a time as any to throwback to our interview with Amy (aka Anna Chlumsky) who told us all about funny antics from Julia Louis Dreyfus, stereotypical DC fashion and the similarities her and Amy share. Here were our favorite parts of the sit-down…

On preparing for her role… “Lots of elements go into preparing for a character. Especially over time, as I have season after season to learn more and more about her. In the beginning however, the main things I needed to jump in were her job description and day-to-day, provided to me in large part by Laura Schiller, Senator Barbara Boxer’s Chief of Staff. Then I looked at lots of female CEO’s, because in essence a Chief of Staff is the boss of their office. So I figured ‘Amy’ was the CEO of the “Selina Meyer Company.” After making those character choices, the rest is learning my lines, doing my vocal warm-ups, and analyzing the episode scene by scene. I’m a craft-nerd, so those tasks keep me plenty busy and motivated.”

On pre and post shoot routines… “Pre-shoot is spent securing a sublet in Baltimore and packing up the family for our time down Chesapeake way. Usually, we’ll get a good crab boil in there at the beginning, because they’re out of season soon after we start filming. (Nothing like Old Bay and Natty Boh on top of a newspaper!).”

On secrets about her cast members… “Reid Scott is an accomplished director, Matt Walsh was a psychology major, and Tony Hale loves malls.

On the funniest thing Julia Louis Dreyfus has done off-screen… “Julia once staged an entire “business phone call” using a banana as her phone. I loved that day.”

On avoiding laughing in scenes… “If I laugh in a scene, it’s usually Matt Walsh or Tony Hale who is at fault. Then I have to remind myself that my character would not find that particular thing funny.”

On similarities between her and Amy… “We don’t suffer fools easily. We need order. And we look an awful lot alike.”

On DC style… “Not particularly. I mean, it’s nice that pearls are a die-hard. Pearls are nice. Though, I have to say, since Mrs. Obama hit the scene, girls seem to have more licenses to look good and even get creative with their style. I notice a lot more Anthropologie now than I ever did pre-2008.”

*Read the full interview with Anna Chlumsky here