How Anna Chlumsky Prepared For That Heart-Wrenching 'My Girl' Scene (VIDEO)

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Though she now stars on the HBO comedy "Veep," Anna Chlumsky will forever be remembered for her role in the 1991 coming-of-age film "My Girl." The iconic scene, in which her character clutches onto the casket of her best friend (played by Macaulay Culkin), is considered one of the saddest in movie history. Chlumsky joined HuffPost Live to look back on that role, and talked about how she drew inspiration for that dramatic scene.

“My mom was like, ‘picture me in that casket’ and you know, that’s how that happens,” she told host Caitlyn Becker. “Kids can imagine. They’re imagining every day. It’s not hard for them.”

Though she appreciated the acclaim she has received for the role, she didn't take all the credit for her performance. Chlumsky, who was 11 when the movie was released, explained that the ability to act is there for all adolescents.

“Kids all have raw talent. They are all truthful by nature,” Chlumsky said. “They don’t have the walls yet, that we learn to put up, as adults. So when you go back to train as an adult [actress], you’re learning to be a kid again.”

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