Claire Danes Glows on the Cover of Elle


Claire Danes didn’t let her pregnancy slow her down when she shot her cover for this month’s Elle at 8 months! Between the pages, Danes chats about growing up in Hollywood, becoming a working mom, and even meeting President Obama! Here are a few excerpts from her upcoming interview, which hits newsstands on January 15th:

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.

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 meeting President Obama (a fan of Homeland) with her husband Hugh Dancy 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.