An 8-months-pregnant Claire Danes glows on the cover of ELLE February, on newsstands nationwide January 15th. In the issue, she opens up about being a working mother, her relationship with husband Hugh Dancy, and even meeting President Obama.
On waiting to have children:
Ã¢â¬ÅIÃ¢â¬â¢ve always wanted to have kids, but IÃ¢â¬â¢m glad I didnÃ¢â¬â¢t until now. When I was thinking about [working and being a mother] originally, I was really nervous about itÃ¢â¬Â¦I think I would make a lousy stay-at-home mom. It just wouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t suit me. I feel so fortunate, in that IÃ¢â¬â¢ve had this arrow-straight focusÃ¢â¬Â¦that I wanted to act.Ã¢â¬Â
On her relationship with husband Hugh Dancy:
Ã¢â¬ÅHugh was just the right partner for me. I got very, very lucky. ThereÃ¢â¬â¢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 Ã¢â¬â that is central to both our lives Ã¢â¬â but at the same time, itÃ¢â¬â¢s just this kind of ease that I canÃ¢â¬â¢t really account for.Ã¢â¬Â
On meeting President Obama (a fan of Homeland) with her husband Hugh at the White House CorrespondentÃ¢â¬â¢s dinner:
Ã¢â¬ÅHugh was like, Ã¢â¬ËWe have to meet Obama,Ã¢â¬â¢ and we walked over before we could think and found ourselves shaking hands with him.ÃÂ Hugh realized that heÃ¢â¬â¢d forgotten to actually properly introduce himself, and [President Obama] was like, Ã¢â¬ËAnd you are?Ã¢â¬â¢ And Hugh was like, Ã¢â¬ËIÃ¢â¬â¢m sorry, Mr. President.Ã¢â¬â¢ÃÂ I said, Ã¢â¬ËIÃ¢â¬â¢m Claire Danes,Ã¢â¬â¢ and he said, Ã¢â¬ËOh, youÃ¢â¬â¢re a fine actress.Ã¢â¬â¢ And I said, Ã¢â¬ËYouÃ¢â¬â¢re a fine president!Ã¢â¬â¢ÃÂ And he said, Ã¢â¬ËOh, youÃ¢â¬â¢re a finer actress than I am president.Ã¢â¬â¢ I didnÃ¢â¬â¢t have any retort.ÃÂ Hugh and I went immediately to the bar and had a big shot of vodka.Ã¢â¬Â
On teenagers growing up in Hollywood today:
Ã¢â¬ÅWhen I was younger, I was a little bit more restless, but there werenÃ¢â¬â¢t as many eyes. There werenÃ¢â¬â¢t as many tabloids or the number of cameras that everyoneÃ¢â¬â¢s armed with. I feel huge sympathy for teenagers who have suddenly found themselves as public figures now, because it just sucks for them.Ã¢â¬Â
Since the interview, 33-year-old Claire gave birth to her first child, sonÃÂ Cyrus Michael Christopher.