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Jeffrey Slonim
November 12, 2008 02:45 PM

Matthew Settle, the gallery owning father of Penn Badgley and Taylor Momsen’s Gossip Girl characters, is “thrilled” to be an expectant father in real life.

“I’m not ready. I don’t think I’ll ever be ready,” he told PEOPLE at Tavern on the Green Tuesday night. “But I’m thrilled.”

Settle and his wife, Naama Nativ, enjoyed a dinner to benefit the Tribeca Film Institute after attending a screening of the new James Bond flick, Quantum of Solace.

“We’re having a girl,” added a visibly pregnant Nativ, who played Sara in You Don’t Mess with the Zohan. “It’s going amazingly. I love it. He’s very happy, very excited.”

In describing the feeling of being a first-time parent, Settle invoked Jack Nicholson’s line from As Good As It Gets. “Before you have a child, everything is about you,” Settle explained. “But my wife, and us having a child, makes me want to be a better man.”

While art is known to imitate life, in this case, the dad-to-be claims that his character on Gossip Girl “is helping inform my real life.”

But when it comes to picking a name for the baby, Settle and Nativ are still undecided. “We’re not sure yet … we’ll see,” said Nativ. “I want Angelica.”

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