By Lauren Charlip
Updated December 31, 2008 11:15 AM
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The Mentalist star Simon Baker is part of the close-knit community of Australian actors who are popular in Hollywood – but he’s considering American citizenship, he reveals in a new interview.

“The morning after your election in November, I said to my wife Rebecca, You know, I’m thinking about becoming an American,’ and then she said that she felt the same way,” Baker tells Parade in the Sunday issue.

The actor, who has lived in the U.S. since 1995 and has three children, says his work on The Mentalist has kept him too busy to do anything about American citizenship just yet, but, he tells Parade: “It’s going to happen!”

Still, Baker maintains such close ties with his fellow Aussie actors that many are like family. In fact, Nicole Kidman is godmother to Baker’s son Harry, 7, while Naomi Watts is the godmother of 9-year-old Claude. (Baker and his wife Rebecca Rigg also have a daughter, Stella).

Baker, who will turn the big 4-0 in 2009, said his children keep him youthful. “I stay fit, mostly mucking about with the boys,” he said. “And I love the wisdom that comes with age.”