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.