In a Friday appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Cooper doesn’t talk about being a father — but that doesn’t stop DeGeneres, 59, from gushing about his parenting skills.
“I knew you’d be a good father when I saw you in American Sniper,” DeGeneres says, referring to the 2014 movie in which Cooper, 42, portrayed real-life Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. “He’s so good with a baby.”
Cooper lets out a laugh — “I can’t believe you. We already went through this before,” he tells the host.
DeGeneres then shows a scene from the movie in which Cooper is seen holding a baby. She gets a kick out of the way Cooper uses his finger to move the child’s hand.
“It’s such a dramatic scene! And yet your little finger is … ,” DeGeneres says before bursting into a fit of laughter.
The interview is Cooper’s first full TV appearance since news broke last month that he and Irina Shayk had welcomed their first child, a daughter named Lea De Seine Shayk, on March 21 in Los Angeles. He briefly appeared on the show in April to joke about Ellen’s ongoing retweet challenge to a teen who requested free chicken nuggets.
A source confirmed the pregnancy to PEOPLE in November shortly after Shayk’s appearance on the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show runway.