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    Surprise! Beauty & the Beast’s Jay Ryan Is a Dad After Birth of Baby Girl

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    The beast has a little beastie of his own!

    Beauty and the Beast star Jay Ryan is a new dad! The CW heartthrob and his longtime girlfriend Dianna Fuemana welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Eve...four months ago!

    Yes, Ryan and writer-director Fuemana managed to keep their secret baby under wraps until the New Zealand actor revealed Eve's arrival to Australia's TV Week at Comic-Con, saying, "We've kept everything pretty quiet until now, but it's changed my life and really put a lot of things in perspective."

    VIDEO: Ryan thanks fans for voting  him E!'s Hottie of the Week!

    Ryan, 31, admitted, "I never expected to be a dad at my age and she was a little bundle of surprise for me and my partner, but it makes me realize how important family really is."

    Eve was born just two days before filming wrapped on Beauty and the Beast's first season in Toronto. "She's a Canadian-New Zealand girl and we spent a lot of time in Toronto waiting for her papers and visas to come through and slowly becoming parents and realizing we're not going to sleep for five years," he said. "Then we had a holiday in L.A. and all our family from New Zealand came, too. We hired a beautiful villa in the Hollywood Hills and spent time as a family so everyone could get to meet her."

    READ: Five things to know about Simon Cowell's baby mama Lauren Silverman

    In an interview with E! News, Ryan revealed that Fuemana has quite the nickname for him, thanks to our Hottie of the Week feature!

    After winning the coveted title for 99 percent of the vote recently, Ryan said, "My girlfriend thought that was very cool. She started calling me hottie of the week that week, so make me win again so she keeps calling me hottie of the week!"

    You're welcome! And congratulations!

    PHOTOS: Check out these celeb baby bumps!

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