New family ... Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy took baby Cyrus for a stroll in December.

New family ... Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy took baby Cyrus for a stroll in December.

Claire Danes thinks she would be a lousy stay-at-home mother.

The 33-year-old actress and her husband Hugh Dancy welcomed their first son, Cyrus, into the world in December, but before giving birth, Danes discussed her parenting plans with Elle magazine.

Do I want to be a yummy mummy? I want to be yummy to the people who I have an interest in finding me yummy, sure  

"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," she said.

"I think I would make a lousy stay-at-home mum. It just wouldn't suit me. I feel so fortunate, in that I've had this arrow-straight focus that I wanted to act."

Danes and Dancy met while they were shooting the movie Evening in 2006 and got married three years later. She has no special tips for how they keep their relationship going, insisting it works simply because they both want it to.

"Hugh was just the right partner for me. I got very, very lucky," she 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."

In December, the actress also spoke about her ideas of motherhood.

"I can't begin to imagine what kind of mother I want to be. How could I answer that? I want to be a putrid mother who does not listen to her child and puts her own needs before theirs? I would want my child to feel safe and loved and held.

“Do I want to be a yummy mummy? Well, I certainly don't want to be a repulsive mummy. I want to be yummy to the people who I have an interest in finding me yummy, sure."

Danes has achieved praise for her portrayal of bi-polar anti-terrorist agent Carrie Mathison in TV show Homeland. The character has earned her Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations this season and US President Barack Obama is a noted fan of the series.

The actress and her husband were overwhelmed when they met the politician at the White House Correspondents' dinner last year and had to take steps to calm their nerves.

"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," she laughed.

"Hugh and I went immediately to the bar and had a big shot of vodka."

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