Anna Chlumsky Welcomes Daughter Penelope Joan

07/18/2013 at 11:00 AM ET

Anna Chlumsky Welcomes Daughter Penelope Joan
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Anna Chlumsky, who shot to fame as a child star in 1991’s My Girl, has a little girl of her own now.

Chlumsky and her entrepreneur husband Shaun So, both 32, welcomed daughter Penelope Joan So on Thursday, July 11 in New York City, she tells PEOPLE exclusively.

“She’s a really good mix between my husband and me,” the Veep actress tells PEOPLE. “When she’s with him, you see him, and when she’s with me, you see me. She’s a perfect mix.”

“We think she has my mouth, but it’s hard to tell. Even the color of her eyes, they are different in different light. But she has a really full head of hair.”

It’s been quite a week for Chlumsky, who on Thursday also earned her first Emmy nomination for her work on Veep.

“I’m still in shock. When I got the call I wasn’t sleeping because I was breastfeeding my daughter,” she says. “It was neat because it was me and my husband and my daughter all in the room getting the news at the same time. When [my manager] told me, it was that nervous, happy, appreciative laughter. I just laughed a lot! It feels really great to have your work noticed.”

Not surprisingly, Chlumsky is on cloud nine about all the new developments. “I’m really, really happy. I’m just smiley,” she says. “I have this new bundle of love that’s now in my life. She has made my life even better.”

And motherhood? “I’m really surprised how real it is,” she says. “What’s really strange is how fast it happened. You prepare for so long, and all of a sudden the baby’s here … It’s seriously the best thing. Holding her is fantastic. It’s one of the more enjoyable things. It doesn’t get boring at all. I could hold her all day.”

— Tim Nudd with reporting by Paul Chi

FILED UNDER: Anna Chlumsky , Births , Exclusive , News

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Emma on

I love Anna 🙂

Suval on

Congratulations Anna on the birth of your daughter and your Emmy nomination. Nice to see that a celebrity CAN name their baby a normal name. Lovely name.

Emily on

Awww congrats to her! In 1995 I was 12 and my dad was dying of cancer. She signed an autograph with Best Wishes and Good Luck to our family. Her dad was fighting cancer at the same time and he survived. Mine did not. But it always meant a lot to have that autograph because it was so nice and thoughtful. Bless her and her family ❤

Charli Mabriel on

LOVE the name Penelope.

So happy for them! Could she look more like Kristen Johnston!?

Guest -AB on

How precious is she! So sweet and beautiful. Congrats to their sweet family! – and the Emmy nom too! 🙂

klutzy_girl on

Congratulations on both accounts! I’ve loved Anna since My Girl and she’s great on Veep.

And Penelope’s one of my favorite names. Love it!

kamden1130 on

Happy for her…July 11th is a great day to have a baby! Mine was in 2003! You have made Forest Park proud Anna!

Anonymous on

One child star that turned out right! Hopefully it stays that way. Congratulations!

diane on

Congrats on the baby!! And I love her in Veep – she steals the show for me.

Everyonehasanopinion on

Our little Vada is all grown up 🙂

Danielle Richard on

Congrats on your new precious little princess 🙂

Wendy on

Congratulations to Anna and her husband. Love the name Penelope.

Julia on

I love Anna and I love the name of her little girl. I also love how down to earth she is and how she has described motherhood after one week.

I know its different for everyone, but her words are so real and genuine.

Stacey on

Should have named her Vada.

Amanda K on

Best wishes to her and husband. I grew up watching My Girl and I too got her autograph. Nice to see her happy as a mother!

Really?? on

She uses the word “really” alot!

Diana on

OMG, she looks sooo alike Kristen Johnston !! lol

Rebecca on

So that’s who she is! I’m not saying that in a “Who the hell is she?” kind of way, but I’ve seen her in a lot of tv shows and couldn’t place my finger on who she reminded me so much of. Now I know it’s the wee girl from ‘My Girl’. Aww!

She was awesome in Law & Order SVU as the rape victim/fake author.

Congrats to her on the nomination and the baby!

c on

congratulation !!! i bet Penelope is gorgerous.

Guest on

Ohhh Anna …. congrats! You are adorable. No doubt at all you and Shaun will be a fab parents to Penelope! Difficult to imagine you being 32! Wow.

P.S. My Girl is on (cable) practically every single day! A real joy to watch that film after all these years.

grizzwells on

We named our baby VADA after that movie!

thenitenurse on

I love Anna! She’s wonderful on the “Veep”. Congrats on the Emmy nod and the baby!

Eve on

Loved her in “My Girl.” Congratulations!

Bryan Foreman on

She’s the least funny on that show, proving once again that most award shows are popularity contests. Who doesn’t want to see the My Girl chick make a comeback as an adult?

Sharon on

Aaaw i love her!! Congratulations! I knew she wouldnt pick some crazy name for her daughter. Congrats on the nomination too…double happiness =)

KiMark on

I *LOVE* VEEP and as someone whose worked at a couple U.S. Embassies, I can say that without a doubt, that show represents Washington, nicely! I highly recommend the show to everyone, as there are several fantastic actors and characters on that show, with Anna being one of them:-)

Candy on

That’s Kristen Johnston long lost sister! The similarity’s a bit scary

Erica on

Yay! I love her! “My Girl” is still my favorite movie after all these years!

Chweener on

Nice to see a child star who has grown up to be a well adjusted adult, who will now bring a well adjusted child into the world. She is a lovely girl and looked like she was really enjoying her pregnancy, and I can’t wait to see the first photo. Congratulations Vada Sultenfuss!

Anonymous on

Is she Polish?

Kiera on

She was my favorite young actress… So adorable and talented. I am sure her daughter is just as beautiful as her mommy 🙂

bekah on

What a nice name. I’m becoming convinced their is a gene for picking good names some have it and some don’t.

Anna is a favorite actress of mine a child star that turned out OK and seems down to earth.

Congratulations to the family.

GermanGirl on

She will always be Vada Sultenfuss to me… Would love to see My Girl 3 🙂

lepf on

so funny…my brother just named his daughter this…both middle (for our mom) and first!