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My Girl' Star Anna Chlumsky is All Grown Up

May 21, 2010

Anna Chlumsky experienced a pleasant shock at last year's Sundance Film Festival. A woman spotted her in a shop and said, "'In the Loop' - you were great."

Yes, the woman said "In the Loop": the sharp-tongued political satire that had just debuted at the festival, and not "My Girl," the kiddie weepie that made the Chlumsky a star when she was 11 years old.

"I was just like, 'Oh, my God, I'm so happy,'" Chlumsky recalls over coffee and pastry at her favorite little French cafe in the Chelsea neighborhood.

Although "My Girl" came out in 1991, the year after "Home Alone" turned co-star Macaulay Culkin into a kid icon, Chlumsky says strangers still ask almost daily whether she's that girl - never mind that she has since abandoned acting, graduated from the University of Chicago and briefly pursued careers in food writing and book publishing before attempting a comeback. Read more