July 31, 2013 05:37 PM

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Jay Ryan has his own real life beauty: his baby girl!

The Beauty and the Beast star and his longtime love, writer/director Dianna Fuemana, welcomed daughter Eve in March, Ryan confirms to TV Week Australia.

Until recently, the proud new parents had decided to keep the news private.

“It’s changing my life and really put a lot of things in perspective,” Ryan, 31, says. “I never expected to be a dad at my age and she was a little bundle of surprise for me and my partner, but it makes me realize how important family really is.”

Baby girl’s birth coincided with the New Zealand native’s time spent in Canada, wrapping work on the first season of his hit show.

“She’s a Canadian-New Zealand girl and we spent a lot of time in Toronto waiting for her papers and visas to come through, and realizing we’re not going to sleep for five years,” Ryan says.

But what’s all that work without a little play? “Then we had a holiday in L.A. and all our family from New Zealand came,” the actor adds. “We hired a beautiful villa in the Hollywood Hills and spent time as a family so everyone could get to meet her.”

— Anya Leon with reporting by Elizabeth Leonard

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