Claire Danes Felt ‘Anxious’ about Return to Work

07/31/2013 at 11:00 AM ET

Claire Danes Homeland
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Claire Danes may spend her days crying on the Homeland set, but the Emmy-winning actress has no problems leaving her character’s problems behind thanks to her son Cyrus Michael Christopher.

“The material is very dark and it is so nice to come home and be jarred out of that state by this buoyant butterball — this bundle of love,” Danes, 34, told reporters Monday at Showtime’s Summer Television Critics Association tour in Beverly Hills.

“I have this beautiful little boy to just kind of go ‘bing’ and just erase it all very quickly.”

Danes and husband Hugh Dancy welcomed baby Cyrus in December. And despite telling Elle she “would make a lousy stay-at-home mom,” the actress now confesses she was nervous to return to work earlier this year for her hit show’s third season.

“I was anxious about returning. I was so in my cozy mommy bubble and I had all sorts of exaggerated fears,” she says. “But it has been great.”

After she wraps the current season of Homeland, Danes says she will join her husband in Toronto where he is filming his NBC drama Hannibal.

“It will be my turn to be holding down the domestic fort,” Danes explains. “We feel so fortunate that we get to work in tandem like this. There is, like, a month overlap but basically it is ‘his turn, my turn.'”

For now, Danes is enjoying bringing her son with her to set. “[Our director Lesli Linka Glatter] will hold him and direct,” she says. “She’s literally bobbing him [in her arms] and says, ‘Action.’ It’s very cool. It’s very sweet.”

— Patrick Gomez

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LC on

Dang! I wish I had this set up! I am jealous she can bring her baby to work and take turns watching the baby with her husband. They are blessed and I am happy for them. Enjoy it!

weezer on

Saw her at toronto airport in the spring, the baby is adorable!!!!

Diane Troxell on

Can’t wait for the new season of Homeland! Best show on television! And congrats to Claire on baby!

Guest -AB on

How awesome is her director?! Very cool and sweet. Thought I couldnt love this show any more…counting down to season 3!!!

Lisa T on

Saddling your baby with the name Cyrus is criminal.

karen on

Love her.

Heidi on

Wonder if she regrets her choices. I’m sure Mary Louise Parker would’ve loved sharing baby firsts with Billy Crudup.

Melissa on

Lucky woman! Her baby is sooooo adorable. She’s a fantastic actress! 🙂

Anonymous on

Heidi, maybe so, but Billy was in the relationship. His obligation was to Mary Louise Parker.

klutzy_girl on

Get over it Heidi, it has nothing to do with you anyhow. You must be 100% perfect if you can judge others – and only based on what you’ve read in tabloids…..