Claire Danes Says Motherhood Is “Incredibly Challenging” (VIDEO)
Pop quiz: What’s more challenging? A) Lending your mental powers to the emotionally challenging role of Carrie Mathison in Homeland, or B) Being a mother. If you ask Claire Danes, it’s B all the way.
The 35-year-old actress takes the cover of Harper’s BazaarUK for the October issue and, of course, the topic of her baby boy came up. Claire and husband Hugh Dancy welcomed son Cyrus Michael Christopher back in December 2012.
While little Cy is no longer a newborn, his mama says motherhood proves a constant test and that reality often goes undiscussed. “Being a mum is incredibly challenging, but we still feel a pressure to talk about it in very romantic terms. And it’s not just that,” she says. “We all have that resentment at times and anxiety about being trapped by the role, that responsibility. And then chemically it can run riot… And there’s no ‘off’ button.”
It’s that state of constantly being “on” that has proven to be the hardest change for Claire (and we can’t help but wonder, an experience that has helped inform her character of Carrie, who was — spoiler alert! — pregnant at the end of last season’s Homeland).
“You always feel beholden to somebody,” Claire explains of being a mom IRL. “And for so long they’re like koala bears, you just feel a physical responsibility to be there for them to cling to. It’s pretty primal.”
Don’t take that to mean she’s not enjoying being a mom; as Claire reveals, her little guy totally wins in the cuteness department. “He’s kind of revealing himself to be a bit of a ham, which shouldn’t really be a surprise,” she says. “A babysitter gave him a kiss goodbye and now he does ‘Mwah, mwah’ to everybody. Or he says ‘ciao.’ It’s ridiculous.”