HOLLYWOOD -- If her first film does as well as her leading man's last one, Anna Chlumsky could become a big star.
Chlumsky, a 10-year-old from the Chicago area, is starring opposite Macaulay Culkin in "My Girl" in what may be the most coveted child's role since Culkin landed "Home Alone" last year. That film has grossed well over $200 million, while driving Culkin's per-movie fee into the $1 million range. Though Anna is getting considerably less for "My Girl" -- under $50,000, according to a source -- it is an opportunity to work with Hollywood's hottest male star.
"My Girl" centers on an 11-year-old (Chlumsky) who is being raised by her widowed funeral-director father (Dan Aykroyd). Obsessed with sickness and death -- and starved for dad's love -- she teams with her lifelong pal (Culkin) to "cook something up," says Chlumsky.
The daughter of a singer-actress and a restaurateur, Anna is a veteran of TV commercials, plays and industrial films. Her agent got her an audition for "My Girl" in Chicago last September, and soon after, she got a call at the theater where she was working as a moppet in "Annie" and was told she had the part.