Claire Danes Would Make A Lousy Stay-At-Home Mom

claire danes covers elle february 2013

Claire Danes was very open with Elle magazine! The ‘Homeland‘ star talked about her marriage and becoming a mother. Elle says Claire was eight months pregnant when she did this photoshoot (she and husband Hugh Dancy welcomed a baby boy in December). Do you BELIEVE it? I’m having a hard time buying that one! Here are some excerpts from what Claire shared with Elle:

On waiting to have children: “I’ve always wanted to have kids, but I’m glad I didn’t until now. When I was thinking about [working and being a mother] originally, I was really nervous about it…I think I would make a lousy stay-at-home mom. It just wouldn’t suit me. I feel so fortunate, in that I’ve had this arrow-straight focus…that I wanted to act.”

On her relationship with husband Hugh Dancy: “Hugh was just the right partner for me. I got very, very lucky. There’s only so much credit you can take when it just sort of works, you know? And obviously we work hard at maintaining our relationship – that is central to both our lives – but at the same time, it’s just this kind of ease that I can’t really account for.”

On meeting President Obama (a fan of Homeland) with her husband Hugh at the White House Correspondent’s dinner: “Hugh was like, ‘We have to meet Obama,’ and we walked over before we could think and found ourselves shaking hands with him. Hugh realized that he’d forgotten to actually properly introduce himself, and [President Obama] was like, ‘And you are?’ And Hugh was like, ‘I’m sorry, Mr. President.’ I said, ‘I’m Claire Danes,’ and he said, ‘Oh, you’re a fine actress.’ And I said, ‘You’re a fine president!’ And he said, ‘Oh, you’re a finer actress than I am president.’ I didn’t have any retort. Hugh and I went immediately to the bar and had a big shot of vodka.”

On teenagers growing up in Hollywood today: “When I was younger, I was a little bit more restless, but there weren’t as many eyes. There weren’t as many tabloids or the number of cameras that everyone’s armed with. I feel huge sympathy for teenagers who have suddenly found themselves as public figures now, because it just sucks for them.”

You can read Claire’s entire interview, and see the rest of her photoshoot, in the February issue of Elle, which will become available on January 15.


Photos by Carter Smith/ELLE




  1. True Story says

    Speaking of the husband…why not ask her how she met him? That’s a much more interesting story that the dribble up above.