Her performance in My Girl brought us all to tears, but when Anna Chlumsky started growing up, she realized that this may not be the life for her. She was only ten years old when she starred in My Girl, and while she believed her family "did everything right" it still was hard on her.
"I didn't move to LA. I didn't go to parties and put shit up my nose. I stayed in school. I stayed around my parents, and my mum let me make my own decisions. So we did everything right, and it still kind of sucked," Chlumsky said to The Guardian.
Clumsky started to realize that acting was becoming increasingly difficult on her when she started going through puberty. "It’s great when everyone’s happy and they’re all telling you you’re doing the right thing," she said. "It’s when you go through puberty and they tell you that you’re too fat and this and that. Every adolescent feels that way; it’s just in my version, it was an industry telling me that.”
It was after a few flops that she decided that it was time to take a step back and try something different. She went to the University of Chicago and quickly realized that there was so much more to life than acting. “I thought all the angst had to do with having been in showbusiness – as an adolescent, anything negative I could trace back to being in showbusiness. That’s why I left it."