John Stamos to finally be a dad at 54: 'I've been practicing for a long time'


John Stamos‘ house is about to get a little fuller.

The actor, 54, and his fiancee Caitlin McHugh are expecting their first child, Stamos reveals to People exclusively in this week’s cover story.

In the latest episode of The Jess Cagle Interview (streaming now on People TV), Stamos tells People’s editor-in-chief Jess Cagle that he and McHugh “talked about” having a baby in the past — and everything just fell into place.

“We have the same morals and the same values, that all clicked nicely. So we said, ‘Oh, well, maybe we should have a family,’ ” the “Fuller House” star said.

McHugh suggested, “‘Maybe we should have a kid (before we get married)’ and I said, ‘Why?’” Stamos recalled, revealing his fiancee jokingly responded, “Because you’re old.”

John Stamos (People Magazine)

After almost two years of dating, Stamos and the model and actress, 31, were engaged Oct. 22 at Disneyland — one of Disney Parks super fan McHugh‘s favorite places.

The actor made a short film of romantic moments from animated Pixar and Disney films, ending the display with “The Little Mermaid” — which encouraged Stamos to “just ask the girl.”

I asked...she said yes! ...And we lived happily ever after💍

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“The (pregnancy) happened. Then I said, I better have a ring on her finger because it’s the right thing to do, and I wanted to marry her anyway,” Stamos told People. “So I called her parents to ask, and it was like, ‘You better!’ “

“The look on John’s face when I told him we were pregnant was priceless,” McHugh said. “It was the look of a man who has wanted a family of his own but wasn’t sure it was going to happen for him. Now it is!”

The couple are overjoyed to be adding to their family — though they’re keeping mum on the baby’s sex for now — with Stamos admitting that he “always wanted to be a dad” but wasn’t sure it was in the cards. “People would say, ‘You should have a child,’ ” he told People. “I was like, ‘That ship has sailed.’ “

I'll be Prince Eric to your Ariel any ol' time. ❤ @caitlinskybound #disneybound

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Luckily for Stamos, that ship is anchored quite steadily — and the star can’t wait for its next voyage, during which his feet will be planted firmly on board.

“I’ll be a fun dad. I’ve been practicing for a long time,” he said, joking, “I’ve done every schtick you can do with a baby on TV … all the bits and jokes and diaper gags. I’ll probably just do all that stuff.”

The mom-to-be couldn’t agree more about Stamos being ready for fatherhood, praising her fiance for having “the biggest, most loving and generous heart of anyone I know.”

“I greatly admire his originality, creativity, ambition, work ethic and humor — all qualities I’m sure he’ll pass down to his child,” McHugh told People. “He’s always been wonderful with kids, and I’m sure he will be an amazing father.”

Will Stamos’ natural gift translate to continuing to expand his family after baby No. 1 is born next year? “I think so,” the “Grandfathered” alum said. “Caitlin wants to have other kids, too.”

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