‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ Exclusive: ‘Veep’ Star Anna Chlumsky Talks Guest Spot

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Anna Chlumsky has made a memorable return to television this season by starring in Veep, and now the actress (whom we all know from My Girl) is stepping out during her HBO hiatus to take on a new role in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In the episode that airs tonight, “Twenty-Five Acts,” Anna guests as Bart, a successful S&M romance novelist. Perfect timing for you Fifty Shades fans. In the episode, Bart goes home with a television show host that later forces himself on her. Chlumsky stars alongside Broadway actor Raul Esparza.

“What drew me to this particular job was we really get to see a full picture with Jocelyn in this episode. Sometimes when you guest you hope that your character can matter to that episode and in this one she unequivocally matters to this episode. That was very encouraging,” Anna recently told us about her character. “And also the way she’s written—I think on the surface she has all of these qualities that people like to assume they know, but she’s got a lot of other kind of textures going on inside her life. She’s not just one note the way she’s written whatsoever. And that’s what I’m always drawn to. That’s something that’s always worthwhile for me as an actor is to play around with all of the deeper layers of a person. They really gave me a shot to do that.”

We can’t help but miss Amy Brookheimer and her banter with the rest of the Veep cast, but at least she’s making use of her time off. “As far as guesting during hiatus and stuff—you know—I love working! [Laughs] So yeah, it’s always nice to breathe in a hiatus, but at the same time it’s an absolute joy to get a shot to play around with different roles when you’re on break from the one that you play a lot. “

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