The Timeless star spoke with PEOPLE at the Tuesday premiere of his movie Pitch Perfect 3 in Los Angeles, admitting that he and wife Angela are “not set on” a moniker for their baby girl (who’s due to arrive Jan. 11).
“We have one that we think we’re going to go with. It’s a family thing,” said Lanter, 34. “We’re not saying what it is yet, but it’s definitely not official because we want to see her first .”
Adds the actor, “She might just not look like the name that we have . So we’re going to wait to make it official.”
Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, plus celebrity mom blogs? Click here to get those and more in the PEOPLE Babies newsletter.
And Lanter can’t hide the fact that fatherhood is something he has been looking forward to for a long time. “I have a sister. I grew up in a great family and have always seen that as something that I’ve wanted to do,” he says.
“I want to play catch with my kid,” adds the actor. “I want to kick the soccer ball with my little girl. So yeah, I’m excited.”
FROM PEN: Ali Fedotowsky-Manno Admits She Will “Definitely Support” Baby Molly If She Wants to Be The Bachelorette!
Lanter reveals that his wife hasn’t had “any crazy cravings” during her pregnancy (“nothing like pickles on ice cream”) — and that they’ve been quite the health-conscious team.
“I made a conscious effort to not eat everything that she was wanting to eat because I’m doing a TV show and you never know when they want your shirt off, so you just have to be ready,” he jokes.
Reporting by MARIAH HAAS