In what is purely coincidental timing, Anna Chlumsky is on the phone with ET to discuss Veep as former FBI director James Comey is testifying before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee. In the days leading up to it and as it was happening, the testimony was covered with the kind of fanfare that seemed more likely to happen on the HBO political comedy than in real life. But there it was, #ComeyDay, happening as we spoke. “At the very least is that it's teaching everybody to freaking cover their ass,” Chlumsky chuckled. “C-Y-A. Cover Yo Ass!”
And the longtime actress knows a thing or two about the idea, having played Amy Brookheimer, the deputy chief of staff to former (Vice-) President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), for the past six seasons. As the put-upon, uptight staffer, Chlumsky has dealt with her fair share of scandals and cover-ups, which seem to be spilling over entirely this season, which concludes on Sunday, June 25.
“I’m so eager to see Amy kind of win again,” Chlumsky says of what she hopes is to come for her character, who has sunk to new lows. After a failed campaign and engagement to budding Nevada politician Buddy Calhoun (Matt Oberg), Amy is (begrudgingly, it seems) back in Selina’s fold, working to clean up the mess left behind by the former president. “That brought out the worst in her, didn’t it?” The latest is the fallout over Selina’s memoir, which seems to have skated over certain details that the press has uncovered of her short tenure in the Oval Office.
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