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Obama Tells Claire Danes She’s Better at Acting Than He Is at Being President

Even major celebs get star-struck sometimes — especially in front of the president.

Claire Danes is on the new cover of Elle, and in her interview she talks about how she'd probably make "a lousy stay-at-home mom," so she's glad she can balance her role on Showtime's Homeland with being a new mom to baby Cyrus. She also gushes about her husband, actor Hugh Dancy, whom she met on the set of Evening in 2006. They were married in 2009. "Hugh was just the right partner for me," Claire told Elle. "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.”

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And you have to read this great story about Claire and Hugh meeting President Barack Obama — a big Homeland fan — 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 he [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.”

Ha! There are plenty of people who would probably agree with him, but at least he can joke about it!

Source: Elle

01.7.2013 / 08:45 PM EDT by Gina Carbone
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