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Claire Danes in real life is not the Carrie Mathison you see on Homeland. It turns out Danes has a wee bit more fun than her onscreen counterpart, who keeps busy by fighting international terrorism.

The Shopgirl actress, who has one child with husband Hugh Dancy, confessed on The Late Late Show Monday that she sometimes gets a little wild with her "mommy" friends. Although her partying days are mostly behind her, she and her gal-pals find some time to let loose.

"Mommys are a deceptively dangerous bunch," she confessed. "When they're not with child they've got to cram it all in."

Danes, mom to 2-year-old son Cyrus Michael Christopher Dancy, revealed that when she has a little too much to drink she turns into a party animal...who loves to dance. But there's a catch!

"I like to dance, and I get very bossy as a dancer," she admitted. "I'm like a bossy dancer. It's terrible and I start giving people lessons."

Claire Danes


"It's like 'bend your knees,'" she added. Sounds like she's a master dancer LOL!

The Romeo + Juliet actress even revealed a story that has since become "lore" in her "little group of friends" after Danes became a little too "inspired" by the waves while on a cruise around New York City! After having one (or a couple) drinks too many, Danes urged her friends to start dancing like the waves, which looked a lot like wildly waving her arms.

"I was urging everybody to dance with the waves," she recalled. "Dancing with the waves is a little like, 'OK maybe we just have water now.'"

Every mom deserves a break, so why not dance a little crazily?!

She recently opened up to Harper's Bazaar U.K. about the challenges of motherhood, confessing that it's something that doesn't always come easily to her. "Being a mom is incredibly challenging, but we still feel a pressure to talk about it in very romantic terms. And it's not just that," Danes told the mag.

"We all have that resentment at times and anxiety about being trapped by the role, that responsibility. And then chemically it can run riot...And there's no 'off' button. [For me] that was the hardest adjustment," she continued. "You always feel beholden to somebody."