Gerard Butler: Katherine Heigl Will Be an Amazing Mom

09/24/2009 at 12:35 PM EDT

Gerard Butler: Katherine Heigl Will Be an Amazing Mom
Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl
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As first time mom Katherine Heigl nests with her newly adopted baby girl, her Ugly Truth costar Gerard Butler raves that she will be a natural at motherhood.

"She will be an amazing mom," Butler told PEOPLE at the premiere of his new film Law Abiding Citizen in New York City Wednesday. "She's incredibly responsible, smart and loving. This is a huge deal for her and she's going to take to it like a duck to water."

In fact, the Scottish actor, 39, said Heigl used her maternal instincts on him while working together. "She mothered me," he said. "Anytime I was feeling under the weather or was having a hard day, that's when she was amazing. She would always come and check on me. I think she's naturally a caretaker in the best way."

Heigl, 30, and her musician husband Josh Kelley, 29, recently adopted 10-month old Naleigh from South Korea after a six-month long process.

"It's great that she did that," Butler said of Heigl's decision to adopt a special needs baby. "It's just a testament to her character and to her personality that she went out of her way to do that. It's a beautiful thing."

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