Claire Danes would make a ‘lousy’ stay at home mum

The actress and new mum is happy to be a working parent – but explains she can’t take the credit

Homeland star Claire Danes has revealed that she’s happier being a working parent and thinks if she wasn’t acting she’d make a ‘lousy’ stay at home mum.

The actress, 33, gave birth to her first child, son Cyrus Michael Christopher last month but despite rumours she was planning to quit Homeland, motherhood doesn’t appear to have changed her acting plans. Homeland star Claire dazzles on the cover of Elle Magazine US ©ElleUS/Carter Smith

“I’ve always wanted to have kids, but I’m glad I didn’t until now," she told the US edition of ELLE Magazine. 

"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.”

She added, "It just wouldn’t suit me. I feel so fortunate, in that I’ve had this arrow-straight focus ... that I wanted to act.”


But the juggling between work and family isn’t down to Claire being a supermum and she’s happy to admit that her husband Hugh Dancy is a big reason that she can continue her Emmy-winning role as Carrie Mathison in the hit show.

“Hugh was just the right partner for me. I got very, very lucky,” Claire said. "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.”