Claire Danes is an Emmy Award-winning actress for her starring role in Homeland, but more importantly, she's a new mom! As the cover girl of Elle's Februrary 2013 edition, Claire opens up about being a first-time mom, as well as another life changing moment -- meeting President Obama!

"I've always wanted to have kids, but I'm glad I didn't until now," Claire tells the mag. "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 straight-arrow focus -- that I wanted to act."

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Along with winning an Emmy and having her first child, meeting President Obama at the White House Correspondents Dinnner probably also falls on the list of Big Moments for Claire. "Hugh [Dancy] was like, 'We have to meet Obama,' and we walked over before we could think and found ourselves shaking hands with him," she says.

"I said, 'I'm Claire Danes,' and he said, 'Oh, you're a fine actress,'" she continues. "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."

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