See The Cast Of ‘My Girl’ Then And Now

Released in 1991, ‘My Girl’ tells the story of 11 year-old Vada Sultenfuss (Anna Chlumsky), who is coming of age in the summer of 1972 with her best friend, Thomas J., played by young star Macaulay Culkin. The film, which also reunited ‘Trading Places’ stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Dan Aykroyd, became an instant classic and a hit among critics and audiences alike. 23 years later, we revisit the cast of this beloved movie and see what they’re up to now.
#1 Anna Chlumsky, Vada Sultenfuss
Then: Anna Chlumsky, who previously had a minor role in ‘Uncle Buck,’ landed her first major role in ‘My Girl’ as Vada, a young tomboy and hypochondriac whose mother died during childbirth. Vada is obsessed with death and her best friend is an awkward boy named Thomas J. Chlumsky reprised the role of Vada a few years later in ‘My Girl 2,’ and also appeared in ‘Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain.’

Now: From 1999 to 2005, Chlumsky took some time off from acting and attended the University of Chicago, where she received a BA in International Studies. After spending some time working in publishing, she returned to acting with roles in ‘In the Loop’ and guest spots on ’30 Rock’ and ‘White Collar.’ She played Amy Brookheimer on the hit HBO series ‘Veep,’ created by ‘In the Loop’ director Armando Iannucci, and has also appeared on ‘Army Wives’ and ‘Hannibal.’

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#2 Dan Aykroyd, Harry Sultenfuss
Then: Former ‘SNL’ star Dan Aykroyd, also known for his roles in ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘The Blues Brothers,’ played Harry, Vada’s widower father who runs a funeral home and often ignores his daughter. Aykroyd would also reprise his role for the sequel.

Now: Aykroyd went on to appear in films like ‘Coneheads,’ ‘Tommy Boy,’ ‘Blues Brothers 2000,’ and ‘Pearl Harbor.’ He also starred in the Adam Sandler comedies ’50 First Dates’ and ‘I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,’ and has recently starred in the films ‘The Campaign’ and ‘Behind the Candelabra.’ Aykroyd is known for his fascination with UFOs, and in 2005 he produced a DVD titled ‘Dan Aykroyd: Unplugged on UFOs,’ in which he in interviewed for 80 minutes on his beliefs. He also has a line of vodka called Crystal Head Vodka, and recently cameoed in the ‘Ghostbusters’ remake.

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