People.com Celebrity Parents Surprise — Jason Ritter and Melanie Lynskey Are Parents! Engaged Actors Welcome a Daughter Parenthood alum Jason Ritter and Castle Rock star Melanie Lynskey got engaged after four years of dating, the new mom revealed in early 2017 By Jen Juneau Jen Juneau Twitter Jen Juneau is a digital news writer for PEOPLE. A '90s teen and horror film connoisseur, she started at the brand in 2016, after a decade of working as a technical writer and then moonlighting as a journalist beginning in 2013. Originally from New Orleans, Jen grew up both in NOLA and Florida and eventually attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando (still her home base!), where she earned a bachelor's in English/technical communication, with a minor in magazine journalism. People Editorial Guidelines and Julie Jordan Julie Jordan Instagram Twitter Julie Jordan is an Editor at Large for PEOPLE. She has been with the brand for 25 years, holding various roles in the Los Angeles Bureau including Associate Bureau Chief. In 2006, she relocated to the Midwest where she continues to cover all things entertainment and Hollywood, including celebrity covers, features and specials such as Sexiest Man Alive and the Beautiful Issue.Prior to joining PEOPLE, Jordan freelanced for magazines such as SOUTHERN LIVING and graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism. She is well-versed in what it takes to be the Sexiest Man Alive (having interviewed 11 of them for their cover stories) and considers shooting a confetti cannon on-stage alongside Garth Brooks during his performance of "Friends in Low Places" a career highlight. People Editorial Guidelines Published on January 28, 2019 05:45 PM Share Tweet Pin Email It’s time for Jason Ritter to enter real-life Parenthood! The actor and son of the late John Ritter has welcomed his first child, a daughter, with his actress fiancée Melanie Lynskey, a source confirms to PEOPLE. No further information — including the baby’s name and birth date — are known. Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, plus celebrity mom blogs? Click here to get those and more in the PEOPLE Parents newsletter. Jennifer Lourie/Getty Jason Ritter Remembers Breaking His Dad John’s Emmy as a Kid While speaking with Hollywood Today Live in February 2017, the Castle Rock actress, 41, revealed to the show’s co-hosts that she and Ritter were engaged. The proposal came as a surprise to the star, who admitted that she had no idea that it was coming. According to Lynskey, the couple had been dating for four years and met when they were doing a movie together. And the couple’s engagement story is sweet and simple: Ritter, 38, proposed “on the sofa,” Lynskey said with a laugh. “It was cute.” Joe Scarnici/Getty Ritter, who will next appear in Netflix’s upcoming sci-fi series Raising Dion, was congratulated last month by industry pal Neema Barnette, who shared a snapshot of herself with the new dad. “Congrats to Raising Dion Co Star Jason Ritter & his wife on the birth of their beautiful Sag baby girl🎈🎈🎈Babies are a blessing & so is Jason!” the 69-year-old director captioned her celebratory selfie. RELATED VIDEO: Jason Ritter Reveals the Best Advice His Late Father John Ritter Ever Gave Him “What a hands down brilliant talent & exceptional human being he is!” she continued. “I’m blessed to have shared creative energy with you. Thank you for giving me a seamless performance.” Us Weekly was the first to report the birth.