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Gossip Girl's Matthew Settle is a Father!

03/05/2009 at 06:30 PM EST

Gossip Girl's Matthew Settle is a Father!
Naama Nativ and Matthew Settle
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On Gossip Girl, Matthew Settle plays Rufus, one of the coolest dads on TV. Now he gets to be one in real life too!

Settle, 39, and his wife, actress Naama Nativ, 25, celebrated the birth of an 8 lbs., 11 oz. daughter this afternoon. Her name? Aven Angelica.

"Baby and mother are happy and healthy and the new parents are thrilled," says Christina Papadopoulos, the actor's rep.

Last November, the actor, who plays father to Penn Badgley and Taylor Momsen on the popular series, told PEOPLE he was expecting parenthood to change his life. "Before you have a child, everything is about you," Settle said. "But my wife, and us having a child, makes me want to be a better man."

To leave a comment about baby Aven, visit Celebrity Baby Blog.

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