January 07, 2013 11:00 AM

Courtesy ELLE

Long before she welcomed son Cyrus Michael Christopher in December, Claire Danes always knew a family was in her future.

But the actress also knew a brood of babies would not close the curtain on her career.

“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,” the Homeland star, 33, says in Elle‘s February issue.

“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.”

But while she may have worked hard to achieve her success in the spotlight, other aspects of her life — mainly her marriage with husband Hugh Dancy — have fallen into place on their own.

“Hugh was just the right partner for me. I got very, very lucky. There’s only so much credit you can take when it just sort of works, you know?” she shares.

“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.”

Courtesy ELLE

— Anya Leon

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