Ugly Betty's Eric Mabius Is Negotiating Baby Names

09/19/2008 at 07:15 AM EDT

Ugly Betty's Eric Mabius Is Negotiating Baby Names
Eric Mabius
Patrick McMullan
What's in a name? Your future if you're going to be Eric Mabius's second son.

"My wife, [interior designer Ivy Sherman], wants a French name, but I don’t know. I’ll have to enroll him in karate right away if I give him a French name,” the Ugly Betty star tells PEOPLE. "I was thinking Raphael with the p-h spelling. It’s a cool name. I guess he’ll be a painter or a sculptor or something.”

Recently relocated from Los Angeles, Mabius and family are enjoying Manhattan – especially 2-year-old Max, who thinks of it as "an island full of playgrounds," Mabius, 37, says at a launch party for Vertu Signature Collection mobile phones at the Plaza Hotel Thursday.

And now that his costar, Rebecca Romijn, is expecting twin girls, Mabius says he will definitely be taking his children to play with them during the show.

“Oh, all the time," he says. "Max is a hit on set.”

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