October 19, 2010 09:00 AM

DMAR/Splash News Online

After splitting from wife Naama Nativ earlier this year, Matthew Settle says the two continue to focus on raising their daughter Aven Angelica, 19 months.

“She’s a wonderful kid and super smart. She’s learning two languages now!” the Gossip Girl star told PEOPLE Monday night at the Elton John AIDS Foundation‘s ninth annual benefit “An Enduring Vision.”

“She’s learning English and Hebrew and we play a little Italian and French for her,” Settle, 41, said.

What are the toddler’s favorite words?

“She’s only 19 months old and usually when you’re learning several languages, it takes longer for you to speak,” he explains. “She mostly speaks gibberish, but it’s as if she’s talking about everything!”

Settle added that she’s even starting to take after him. “Hopefully she’s more like her mother and less like her father, but she seems to be into everything and have an incredibly curious mind like her father, so hopefully it won’t get her in trouble.”

— Carlos Greer

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