11:12 AM EDT 07/06/2014
Originally posted 09/20/2013 07:00PM
Going into Sunday's Primetime Emmy Awards has Claire Danes feeling a flurry of emotions.
The Homeland star, 34, who is once again nominated for outstanding lead actress in a drama series, calls her nod "a nightmare come to life" – but not because she isn't grateful for the acknowledgment of her hard work.
"If you lose, you have to cope with that sting, and if you win, you have to get up and say something eloquent and charming, and remember to thank your husband or your wife," Danes tells PEOPLE. "It's always the vital person you forget to thank. It's terrifying. And then you see the clock ticking. It's awful, that particular part of it."
Originally posted 09/12/2013 06:30PM
It's rare you get a chance to see Claire Danes let loose.
The Emmy-winning (and currently nominated) Homeland star, 34, plays an intensive role as bipolar CIA officer Carrie Mathison on Showtime's hit series – so when she filmed her kooky Audi Smart Performer commercial, she enjoyed venturing away from a serious set.
"It's nice to just goof off and improvise and be a little silly," Danes told PEOPLE on Wednesday. "I'm getting ready for a more substantial reprieve from Homeland, which I love and continue to be inspired by – but it would be nice not to be saving the world for a second."
Originally posted 07/31/2013 02:15PM
"I was so in my cozy mommy bubble and I had all sorts of exaggerated fears," the Homeland star says
Originally posted 07/18/2013 12:30PM
The best news out of Thursday's Emmy Awards nominations is that newlywed Kerry Washington is up for best actress for Scandal.
I was worried that the ABC melodrama – about a beautiful political fixer with conflicted romantic feelings for a handsome, emotionally disturbed president – wouldn't be considered serious enough to merit attention.
Actually, now that I've written that out, I can see why the show might not be considered serious. It's ridiculous. And, in fact, it was shut out of the other top categories. (Although Dan Bucatinsky got a guest-actor nod.)
Originally posted 07/15/2013 09:00PM
Homeland stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis get cozy for Vogue
Originally posted 04/28/2013 07:30PM
Sofia Vergara, Claire Danes and Beth Behrs all went for similarly flippy dos at Saturday's bash
Originally posted 01/27/2013 08:05PM
Actresses don't usually like to talk about weight gain, but Claire Danes was more than happy to Sunday evening. Of course, the topic of discussion was her 6-week-old son Cyrus Michael Christopher.
"He's six weeks and getting fat. It's very exciting. All that time on the boob is starting to result in growth," the Homeland star, 33, told Giuliana Rancic on E!'s Live from the Red Carpet at the SAG Awards.
"He's getting rolls ... thank goodness they've arrived. He's starting to smile a little bit and he kind of knows I exist," she added. "That's reassuring – that feedback is amazing."
Originally posted 01/13/2013 09:25PM
The two stars – plus Claire Danes and Sienna Miller – show off amazing post-baby bodies in glam gowns
Originally posted 01/07/2013 01:30PM
"I've always wanted to have kids, but I'm glad I didn't until now," says the Homeland star and new mom to son Cyrus
Originally posted 12/20/2012 07:45AM
The actors welcomed son Cyrus Michael Christopher on Monday, her rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively
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