Nineties nostalgia seems to be everywhere these days. But even though we’re getting tons of questionable remakes and revivals (here’s looking at you, Fuller House), one property that won’t be remade anytime soon is one we’d actually love to see: My Girl.
Or at least that will be the case if Anna Chlumsky, has anything to say about it. We caught up with the original Vada actress, who is all grown up and currently starring in HBO’s Veep, to find out whether she would ever reconsider reprising the iconic role. The answer, sadly, is a resounding no.
“I personally have no interest in doing it,” she said. “I don’t see the point in remakes unless there’s something to be improved upon, and I’ve always felt that way. Why remake Ben-Hur? Why remake… there’s a whole bunch of why. If something’s really good I just don’t see the point in doing another one. It’s a testament to Hollywood wanting to bank on something that they know will make money, as opposed to being creative and telling new stories. I think there are plenty of stories to tell.”
So what about the story of Vada potentially being a mom now that she’d be all grown up, too? Perhaps with a little boy named Thomas J.?
“Oh god no. No, I don’t want to see that at all,” Chlumsky laughed.
Fair enough. At least for now we get to see plenty of Chlumsky as her current TV character Amy Brookheimer, the foul-mouthed campaign manager, and former chief of staff to President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) on Veep. With the show currently in its sixth season and Meyer out of the White House, this year has been a fun chance to see Amy try and make a go of her career sans Selina, and with her new fiancé Buddy Calhoun (Matt Oberg).
To say watching Amy try her hand at a “normal” life has been hilarious would be an understatement. If anything, she’s just as bad at her job as ever.
“It’s a possibility that she peaked when we met her,” Chlumsky said. “She’s always just really liked work, and doing well at work, and being the boss and getting to tell people what to do. That’s what she was doing when we met her. Slowly Selina’s freefall has kind of taken Amy down with her, and Amy has only now been faced with the sad reality that she’s an empty shell, whereas maybe before her qualifications were deemed worthy.”
For now Amy will continue to be separated from her tribe of misfits as she works on Buddy’s campaign, but from what we’ve seen so far this season, that might not be working out so well for her either. As far as Chlumsky is concerned, Amy living the idyllic family life just might never be in the cards.
“She’s very much somebody who tries to accomplish and achieve whatever mythological role is expected of her. In the past we’ve seen her flirt with it and give it a shot, but she was raised the way she was raised, and she has the personality type that she has. An idyllic life terrifies her,” the actress explained. “Playing the burgeoning relationship last season was such a new experience, because it was the first time I got to play Amy as seeing life with possibility. It was kind of sweet. But of course she’s a fish out of water, and the dessert air has not been good for Amy’s head.”
Does that mean Amy and Dan (Reid Scott) could be back on the table relationship-wise? Chlumsky was pretty tight-lipped about that, as she was about whether her relationship with Buddy could ultimately survive this latest arrest hiccup that we saw in the second episode. The actress was also mum about whether she’ll be reunited with her other cast mates onscreen anytime soon. The good news? As a fan, she’s hoping Amy and Dan can eventually find their way back together, at least.
“Personally I love them together, and I root for them just because I think they’re two sides of one Machiavellian coin,” she laughed. “They are terribly dangerous when they’re together for the world, which is just terribly exciting.”
Sorry Buddy, looks like Dan our Man might be end game after all.