The former Bachelor star says having his brother's daughter named after him is going to "help with his credit"

By Lisa Ingrassia
Updated January 05, 2009 03:00 PM
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What could be better than becoming a new uncle to your brother’s twin daughters? For Charlie O’Connell, having one named after you!

The consummate jokester tells PEOPLE that when he learned Jerry O’Connell and sister-in-law Rebecca Romijn named one of their little girls after him, he immediately thought, “[this] is going to help with my credit.”

O’Connell, 33, who met Charlie Tamara Tulip and Dolly Rebecca Rose in the hospital shortly after their Dec. 28 birth, says, “to see the baby and have Charlie meet Charlie was a real special moment.” He adds that the fraternal twins were “taking their turns” crying and sleeping in the hospital: “They seemed pretty independent.”

The reality TV star, who reunited with girlfriend Sarah Brice in July 2008 after their romance had fizzled two years following their meeting on The Bachelor, says he can’t wait to watch his nieces grow up. “I’m excited for when they start walking and talking, and seeing what they’re interested in. Dance, karate, things like that. I can’t wait to get them the Barbie Jeep or something!”

O’Connell, who spent Christmas in New York with Brice just days before the girls were born, says his brother and Romijn “seem to be doing pretty good. At the moment it seems like they’re always up.”

Meanwhile, the well-rested uncle jokes that his role in the babies lives “is the best job of all. It seems like such a fun thing. I don’t have to deal with any of the hassles.”