The Crossing Jordan star and her husband, Paolo Mastropietro, have a son

By Jeffrey Slonim
Updated August 12, 2007 11:55 AM

Crossing Jordan star Jill Hennessy is pregnant with her second child, she tells PEOPLE.

When asked at a party for Hamptons magazine on Saturday if she was expecting, the 39-year-old actress joked, “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I think it’s just too much beer and burritos.” She then added, “No, no, no . . . I’m almost six months pregnant with a boy.”

Hennessy and her husband, Paolo Mastropietro, already have a 4-year-old son, Marco.

Of keeping the pregnancy news quiet for so long, Hennessy said, “I like to be sort of tentative about these things, but it’s definitely a boy. I’m still trying to find a name that goes with Mastropietro . . . maybe something Irish.”

As for her diet, she says she hasn’t had any odd pregnancy cravings. “I haven’t been eating anything strange. If anything, it’s more about what turns me off, anything fried – hamburgers, fried chicken.”

Like many other mothers having their second child, Hennessy noted, “I’m definitely less worried, much more relaxed about it this time around. I’m still dying to meet this little person, but now I’ve got a pretty good idea about what will happen over the next few months and how uncomfortable I will be, especially if I go past my due date, which I did with Marco.”

Hennessey, who starred on Law & Order in the late 1990s before landing Crossing Jordan in 2001, is now focusing on her other love – music.

“I’m working on a CD. We should have it done by fall,” she said. But first on the agenda will be her newborn, she insisted, pointing to her bump. “I want to get some quality time with this dude, especially in the first few months of lactation, and then maybe even tour. Music is actually what I did before I acted.”