In an exclusive interview with Celebrity Baby Scoop, The Last Exorcism star Patrick Fabian reveals that he and wife Mandy are expecting their first child – a girl! – in mid-September. The proud papa-to-be opens up about choosing their daughter’s name, his thoughtful preparation for fatherhood and his upcoming “creep-fest” movie opening on August 27th.
CBS: We hear congratulations are in order!
PF: “How about that! Yes, my wife is pregnant! I find myself at 45 getting married for the first time and all of a sudden being a father for the first time – two things I didn’t have in my life plan at one point. It’s really exciting – I couldn’t be happier! And it’s going to be a little girl, so we’re really excited about that too!
We just had a baby shower and I gotta tell ya, I don’t need any more receiving blankets, or swaddle blankets (laughs). People tend to give the things that they found the most useful.”
CBS: When is your daughter due?
PF: Mid-September. It’s right around the corner! My movie opens on the 27th, and then Abbey Ray will be ready to come out!
CBS: How cute – your daughter’s name will be Abbey!
PF: “Yes, we’re naming her after Abbey Road. We are big Beatles fans, but there’s a story behind her name too. We decided we wanted to have a baby and we took a nice trip to New York, London, Barcelona and Berlin over Christmas. We were sightseeing and whatnot – we didn’t know if we were pregnant or not – and we went to Abbey Road because I’m a bit Beatles freak. Of course, lots of tourists are there and people are still writing on the wall of the studio. We’re getting pictures of walking across the crosswalk.
All of a sudden I look over and my wife has tears in her eyes. I said, ‘What’s going on with you?’ And she said, ‘I don’t know I’m just so moved by this. It’s just so amazing that people are still making this pilgrimage for love and music.’ So at that moment I thought to myself, ‘If we do get pregnant, and it’s a girl, I wonder what she’d think of the name Abbey.’ I filed that away and didn’t think about it again.
Then we get back to Los Angeles and my wife’s on the phone talking to a friend. The friend had called my wife and said, ‘I had a dream last night and I think you’re pregnant. I also think it’s a girl and I think that story you told me about Abbey Road is her naming herself.’ So I come walking in the door and my wife asks me, ‘What do you think about the name Abbey?’ and I go, ‘What?!’ and then we find out we’re having a girl. We didn’t have to worry about getting the book of names!
Oh and Abbey’s first concert was in utero at the Hollywood Bowl with none other than Paul McCartney!
Ray is after Mandy’s grandfather who ran a western wear and saddlery in South Dakota. She loved her grandfather so much and he was a real cowboy so we’re naming her after him as well.”
CBS: How has Mandy been feeling?
PF: “She’s really embraced the pregnancy. She had a little bit of first trimester queasiness, but she never really got sick. We’re very fortunate and we’re pretty healthy. We’re walkers and we’re swimmers. Not to say that we don’t like our ice cream, FYI! We’re getting to the end and we have a joke that she gets ‘unplugged’ around 6:30 – 7 o’clock at night. The baby demands a little more sleep out of her.”
CBS: How does it feel having a child at this stage in your life?
PF: “It feels so great to have a child at this stage of my life. I feel like I’ve checked-off a number of things that I felt I was supposed to do in my 20s and 30s. I had a discussion at one point with a friend of mine about do you have kids or do you not have kids. He just said very simply and very wonderfully, ‘Look, you’re a lover of life. Why would you want to leave an entire table untouched?’ And I felt that was a really great analogy. I’ve eaten from every other place, but there’s this whole entire table of fabulous-tasting food and all you have to do is walk over to it. This perspective made it a really positive thing to embrace instead of a “well I guess I outta.'”
CBS: Are there lots of other babies in your life?
PF: “Most of our friends here in Los Angeles have also decided to have babies and at our shower the other day there must have been nine or ten babies all under 2 years. So our immediate circle of friends have all embraced this new phase of life. We’ve got lots of love and support. And lots of great hand-me-downs already! Those kids grow out of stuff so fast. We’ve got car seats and strollers and so much really high-end stuff that we get to recycle which is really great.”
CBS: How are you preparing yourself for fatherhood?
PF: “I’m going to matinees, I’m reading a lot of books because I was told I won’t have time for those things. I’ve started to work on the nursery a little bit, but it turns out I’m better at cleaning up the place rather than clearing out the place. We’ve had to readjust our house a little bit and make some room. We’ve passed on a lot of stuff to goodwill and Abbey’s room used to be our second bedroom. Mandy and her friends are going to do-it-up in the next couple of weeks.
And in preparation of fatherhood specifically, I’ve read some books and talked to a lot of my friends and the theme seems to be that it’s really great and it’s on-the-job training. My friends say, ‘I could tell you that you won’t be sleeping, but you’ll figure that out. I could tell you what to do when they’re crying, but you’ll have to figure that out.’ It’s about figuring out your own individual child and what her needs are.
I’m so excited about it! I’m glad we’re having a girl. I would’ve been happy with a boy, but I love women and I think a little girl is just going to be fantastic to help raise.”
CBS: Tell us about your upcoming movie The Last Exorcism.
PF: “I will tell you that it’s scary and it’s creepy. But I’ll also tell you that it’s rated PG-13 for a reason. In case you don’t like body parts being sawn-off, that is not this kind of film. This film is a good old-fashioned scare. It’s a creep-fest. I play the Exorcist which is really fun. It’s a tale of me running up against somebody who may or may not be possessed and figuring out what to do about it. It opens on August 27th.”
CBS: Tell us about your other projects coming up.
PF: “I’m playing a father to a teenager – of all things – in Gigantic. The show is being filmed much like the HBO show Entourage, but it’s for the teens and it’s set in Beverly Hills. It’s on the Nickelodeon Teen Network. I play John Moore and my wife is being played by Helen Slater. We’re movie stars in the show. And our daughter is Grace Gummer who is actually Meryl Streep’s daughter in real life.
It’s about following our children as we do a re-entry into Beverly Hills life after we’ve been abroad shooting a movie. It’s about kids being apart in high school and coming back together again. It’s about finding love and high school issues. It’s shot really well and looks good and we’re really excited to premiere on October 8th.”
CBS: Will you be working when baby Abbey arrives?
PF: “Right now I’ve been blessed to have some time off to get the house ready for Abbey and to promote The Last Exorcism. As one of my friends put it, ‘Your movie will open, Abbey will be born and you’ll get non-stop work offers which will take you out of town.'”
CBS: Are you working with any charities?
PF: “I’m going to be raising money for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. It’s part of the Nautica Malibu Triathlon. It’s happening on September 12th and I’m going to have a donation link attached to my website. I’m going to be doing a celebrity relay to help raise money for pediatric AIDS. I’ll be doing the swim this year. I usually do the whole thing, but this time me and my friend Greg Ellis – who is also on Gigantic with me – and our other friend are going to be doing it.
And last year I worked on Challenged Athletes foundation (CAF) based out of San Diego. It helps raise money and awareness for people who are amputees for one reason or another. I met an Iraqi war veteran who had lost an arm and I met lots of children who are limbless. It was a wonderful day to be thankful and a day of inspiration. It’s so great to be a part of something like that. Especially with having a child come into the world.”View Slideshow »»