Homeland's Claire Danes (and Damian Lewis) Talk Claire Danes' Baby at Emmys

Talk (eventually) turned to how acclaimed Showtime series ended Mad Men's Drama Series win streak—oh, that

By Joal Ryan Sep 24, 2012 4:22 AMTags

Homeland upended Mad Men for the Drama Series Emmy, breaking the AMC series' near-historic win streak, so obviously the big topic of discussion backstage was Claire Danes' pregnancy. 


Damian Lewis got things rolling when a reporter asked the Brit how he planned to celebrate his win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Lewis joked that he and Danes were bound for a romantic getaway.

"When that baby is a ginger," the red-haired Lewis said, "you guys are going to have a field day."

That part was also a joke. Lewis and Danes are married—to other people. Danes and husband Hugh Dancy announced in July that they're expecting their first child.

On Emmy night, Danes' drape of a gown hid her bump well, but it was there—the bump, that is, not the baby. 

"Thank God, I am not having my child right now," said an enthused Danes, a winner herself for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

It took a while, and a few questions about national security, a subject on which Lewis and Danes are also both experts, natch, for the talk to finally turn to Don Draper's crew.

Returning to the press-conference room after her show's big win, Danes said of Mad Men, "We didn't make our show to just undermine them."

"We're delighted and thrilled and a little startled," she continued. "It feels pretty nice."

No, an Emmy's no baby, but it's not bad, either.

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