“I put it in the air years ago that I wanted a daughter,” the 30 Rock alum tells PEOPLE. “I wanted a baby, and I got a beautiful baby girl.”
“Her mom is beautiful, you know?” he says. “When I first met her mother, that was the first thing I said to her: ‘You’re gonna get pregnant. I love you.’ ”
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And now, he admits he gives his little girl the things she wants, but not at the expense of sacrificing her character development as she grows.
“My daughter knows, at this age, she’s got me wrapped around her little finger,” Morgan says. “And I’m fine with it. I spoil my daughter, but to a point — not rotten.”
Morgan’s three sons from a previous relationship — Malcom, Gitrid, and Tracy, Jr. — all taught him the ins and outs of parenting. But deep down, the actor knew he wanted a girl someday too.
“It changed me as a man. It just changed my perspective on women. I’ve always had respect for women, but it’s just a bit more.”
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Morgan may credit his daughter’s beauty to her mother, but Maven takes after her dad in quite a few ways as well.
“She don’t have nothin’ to say to nobody before 11:00,” he says. “When she don’t get her way, she’s got this look that I give — this intense Morgan look.”
“When she was first born, she looked exactly like me,” Morgan continues. “For a man, when someone says, ‘Your baby looks just like you,’ that means a lot to us.”