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Published On: Tue, Jan 8th, 2013

‘Homeland’ star Claire Danes talks about being a mom and meeting President Obama

The “Homeland” star Claire Danes has been the focus of some recent Internet speculation, including that her pregnancy would prevent the actress from returning to the popular Showtime series.

"Homeland" star Claire Danes on the cover of the February 2013 Elle magazine

“Homeland” star Claire Danes on the cover of the February 2013 Elle magazine

Now appearing on the February cover of ELLE, the “Terminator 3” actress, 33, imagines what kind of mother she’ll be to her son, Cyrus, born December 17.

“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,” Danes admits. “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.”

Danes fell in love with Hugh Dancy on the set of the 2006 movie Evening and it’s been like a fairy tale ever since.

“Hugh was just the right partner for me. I got very, very lucky,” the actress gushes. “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.”

The pair had an opportunity to meet the President and she was very excited.

 “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.”

Check out the full interview over at Elle or pickup a copy.

On October 22, 2012, Homeland was renewed for a third season of 12 episodes, but there’s been no information about production dates at this point.

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