Anna Chlumsky in the first season is fucking g…

Anna Chlumsky in the first season is fucking golden

I would agree with that.  I think Veep’s cast is generally brilliant – there certainly isn’t anyone I would think of as a weak link acting-wise, even if I do occasionally get a bit sick of Gary or Catherine as characters.  (How the emmys have never nominated either Reid Scott or Timothy Simmons for something amazes me, as they are consistently hilarious).

However, I think there’s a…comfort level in Chlumsky’s performance that some of the others didn’t reach until slightly later on.  I remember Reid Scott, in particular, talking about Armando Iannucci having an unusual process for TV (as in, there’s lots of rehearsal – which makes me sad for TV/film actors, because rehearsal is where actors find the characters), and I wonder if part of it is that Chlumsky was familiar with how he worked in a way the others weren’t?

I’m also aware that Chlumsky’s done a lot of theatre work (which I think some of the others haven’t…though I’m not an expert on their bios), which would also have made it easier for her.

She’s very, very good at using her physicality to create a character – partly, I think, because she naturally has an incredibly expressive face (and, as a side note, I love that Veep takes full advantage of that expressiveness – so often, women in comedy are only allowed to be funny so long as they remain pretty – Veep doesn’t rein its women in that way).  

If you look at her work in Veep versus Hannibal, it’s almost hard to believe you’re looking at the same person, because she holds herself so differently.  (None of the characters in Hannibal got happy endings, of course, but what happened to Miriam was particularly brutal – and the way Chlumsky carried herself in her later appearances really conveyed that).