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11/26/2013 at 06:45 PM ET

Jennifer Love Hewitt Welcomes Daughter Autumn James
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It’s a party of three for Jennifer Love Hewitt!

The actress and her husband (yes, they secretly wed!), actor Brian Hallisay “are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter Autumn James Hallisay,” her rep tells PEOPLE.

Baby girl was born on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

The couple, who met on the Lifetime show The Client List, decided to keep the sex a surprise, celebrating with a gender-neutral baby shower in October.

One thing that wasn’t a surprise for the former Party of Five star was the realization that being a parent would be one of her greatest roles in life.

“I lost my mom a little less than a year and a half ago to cancer. Obviously, I got very lucky that even though I lost my mother, I lost her later in life, but it’s still had a profound effect on me,” Hewitt told PEOPLE in September.

“I’ve always wanted to be a mom,” she said. “I had a great relationship with mine. I’m ready to pass on to my child all the great love that my mom had for me.”

– Monica Rizzo with reporting by Aili Nahas

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Hopper on

That’s nice name . Congratulations !

LM on

I didn’t know she and her boyfriend had already married. Congrats times two! I’m sure she’ll be a great mom.

Heather on

Awe. I am so happy for her! I bet the baby is beautiful.

Meagan on

They’re married?! Congratulations!! On that and the baby!

Anonymous on

Good for you !!! Love your show, can’t wait for it to come back on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4tmama on

Congrats, love the name, happy for them :-D <3 now let the haters start..

klutzy_girl on

Congratulations to them on the baby and marriage!

I absolutely love the name they chose. It’s pretty and definitely a Jennifer name.

Rebeeca on

Aww cute name, congrats to them both!

Okayy on

I thought James was a boys name??

Ris on

The show is not coming back. She would only sign for season 3 if her character could stop dating, stop messing with evan and be a lovey dovey family with her Brian’s character. She is the reason his character had a full time roll last season. He was supposed to stay gone and she was supposed to get serious with evan. She wouldn’t even do season 2 unless it was that way even though she was aware fans wanted her with evan’s character (bc he is got and the acting is good). Google it. This is all fact.

weezer on

Finally a normal celebrity baby name! Congrats!

Donna on

The show was cancelled. It’s not returning unfortunately!

rhonda on

Great name! When did she get married? Not so sure about losing her mother “late in life,” but of course it’s all relevant; Madonna and Rosie lost theirs much earlier; but my mom is 90.

Her child will be so grateful not to be one of 10,000 Jennifers. And autumn is THE best of the four seasons.

Janice Pielert on

Congratulations. I bet she’s a beautiful baby. God bless your new family.

Tee on

Congrats. I didn’t know they married either, perhaps reporter error. Her show got cancelled, swear I read that and it was a big surprise (it got cancelled).

Anonymous on

Congratulations to Jen and Brian! I bet they’re going to be great parents, and I bet Autumn is absolutely adorable!! I’m so happy for them!!

Jenn on

Congrats!!!

guest on

She said, LATER in life, (I think)meaning that she had her mom for 35+/-yrs as opposed to Jennifer being a littl girl when her mother passed.

stuckinsouthcarolina on

I’ve always liked her and I’m so excited for her and her husband. Autumn is a beautiful name and I assume James is a family name in some way. Love that they pulled off a private wedding!. Congrats!!!!

Debbie on

“James” is the baby’s middle name. It is not unusual. As for their marriage, the report says they secretly married. Congratulations to Jennifer & Brian on the arrival of their baby girl.

Debbie on

Yes, “James” is a male name but this is the middle name & it is not that unusual as one. As for the marriage, the article said they were secretly married. Congratulations to Jennifer & Brian on the birth of their baby girl.

Jay on

Beautiful name! I love JLH. Good for her. She seems like a nice girl and deserves all the happiness in the world.

Sara on

Now THIS name I LOVE! Feminine, elegant and sophisticated.

Kasia on

Yay, I love that name. Quirky yet normal.

Donna on

Beautiful name. Congratulations on your daughter and your marriage. Wishing you much happiness.

Nannyto1 on

Lovely name. Congrats!!

Annemarie on

I love her daughter’s name-maybe because her daughter’s name is the same as mine and my son is James. Too funny! Congrats!

Lilyflower on

Congrats on the baby and the marriage :)

Calli on

The Client List was cancelled :( Congratulations on the baby tho! It’s an adorable name.

Big Fan on

I love her but wish Client List was still on, it was one of my favorite shows.

Rhonda on

Congratulations to Jennifer and Brian on the birth of their baby girl.

Becky on

Congrats on your new baby.

meghan on

I give it two years.

Crystal on

I loooooooove the name Autumn James! That is adorable! Congrats to Jennifer and her HUSBAND Brian! I know this is old fashioned to say, but, I’m really happy they got married prior to bringing their daughter into this world. It shows the love and respect he has for Jennifer. He made an honest woman out of her. I wish the Hallisays the best of everything this world has to offer. Congrats again! :)

Chulie on

What a beautiful name! Congratulations to the adorable couple! So happy for both of them.

Mary on

Love her name, like how the middle names for girls are boys names, it is cute. Congrats.

Lisa on

So happy for them! Beautiful name, love it. Congratulations!

Anonymous on

It sucks that the show was cancelled!!!

Isabel on

Congratulations to the couple!

Crystal, he made an honest woman out of her? Huh?

Anonymous on

Congrats to them! And I wonder when the wedding was?

Maria E Parascan on

Congrats!!!

iantjorgenson on

Black Forest Cake~COFFEE?.

Kate on

Sad news for Client List fans, the show has been cancelled. :(
Congratulations to the happy new parents though!

PG on

Congrats to Jennifer and Brian! So happy for them! I just love her!

Jessy on

Beautiful name but I wouldn’t expect anything less from JLH. Congrats to her and her husband on both their marriage and their little girl. This is sure to be a magical holday seasons for them.

klutzy_girl on

Congratulations!! What a beautiful name!

Guest on

Finally, a baby name that won’t get them bullied at school!

Gemma on

How wonderful! I had a feeling she was having a lil girl! Autumn is a fantastic name and I wish the family lots of love!

Terri on

Congratulations!

Melissa on

Congrats!

Jim on

Big deal, ABC News is reporting this being that ABC fired her twice. First “Ghost Whisperer” after dismal ratings and then “The Client List” after dismal viewership and bad calls made by her.

Hubby might go to jail for perjury to LAPD and her $18 million might turn into 18 cents after two photographers clean her out OBO her husband losing his temper.

And then she’s going to jail for perjury to the FBI regarding an incident in 2002.

I can see her daughter Autumn….Autumn, like she couldn’t name her baby after her dead mother. Had to go the Gwyneth Paltrow way. I guess she hates her dead mother. And “James?” for a middle name????? What’s wrong with her brother’s name, Todd? Forget the father, “Herbert Daniel…..”

Disaster!

“MOMMY GOING TO JAIL!!! WHAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNN!!!!!”

ugh on

Jim, go home. You’re drunk.

Brooke on

Seems like James has become a go-to middle name for girls lately.

Shutup Jim on

Jim, you are so wrong. I work for Lifetime and my hubby works for CBS. Client List and Ghost Whisperer were not on ABC and we BOTH know Jennifer had nothing to do with anything being cancelled. Unless you’re sitting in a conference room with network execs, you should speak about what you know.

Congrats, Jen!

Dawn on

Congrats to Jennifer and Brian on both the marriage and baby.

Crystal, are you for real? Honest woman, really? I just to be ‘Old Fashioned” like you, but after my first granddaughter was born, out of wedlock, I completely changed my mind. She is a gift from God and loved by both her parents, very much.

I do not judge nor make judgement anymore, I grew up because guess what? Karma, always gets you in the end.

Chicky dee on

Congrats to J Love and her new hubby and bambino. Cheers:) now the real work begins.

KB on

Cute name!

Guest on

Awww. Nice. Everyone likes her!

Jennifer is a good actress.

lyoness on

That’s a really pretty name for a baby girl. I’ve always liked JLH! Just in time for Thanksgiving too!

Holiday on

Love the name. Congrats on a sweet baby girl

tigereyes19806 on

I’m very happy for her and her husband! I’ve always been a fan of hers. I don’t know why they chose the name James, but I absolutely love the name Autumn. At least she didn’t name her daughter some crazy name like how other celebs do.

Sharon on

Oh shut up

me on

Autumn is a truly lovely name. James is nice as a middle name, as it often compliments a first name……… for a boy!!

stew on

What a nice and appropriate name! Congrats!

Anonymous on

Guest- I hate to break it to you, but ANY name can get bullied at school!

Aavie on

So many celebs use the middle name James and
on girls. I wonder if she is being trendy or it’s a family name? Her mother’s maiden name? Anyway can’t wait to see pictures of the baby, Jennifer is stunning always has been probably always will be.

micky on

Congratulations on your new bundle of joy and marriage

Mel From STL on

I do NOT NOT NOT understand this trend of naming little girls boys names!

SpiderLashes68 on

Awesome name, but then again I’m partial as our daughters name is Autumn too! :)

SpiderLashes68 on

Congrats….Beautiful name, but then again I’m partial as our daughters name is Autumn too. :)

Cindy Halpern on

Best wishes. I find a new baby helps with the grief of losing a parent. I lost my father when I was 24. I got pregnant 3 months after my father died. I was married and in graduate school. The marriage didn’t last, but I obtained my Master’s Degree when my daughter was 7 months old. Having a baby and going to graduate school helped me be grounded during my bereavement.

mrsuga on

i love the name! didn’t realize she had lost her mom. i’m sure that must have been very hard for her. i’ve always loved her sense of humility and humor. what a great name for her daughter!

Tina on

Beautiful in the swimsuit Jen,just Beautiful. And don’t let anyone else tell you different.

AmandaC on

I have a daughter named Autumn….Autumn Renee which means “Seasons Reborn”. She’s 11 now and I always got compliments on her name, it’s different and soft but not crazy.

k on

James must be a special relative I guess? Would have thouht Jamie myself, but congrats to them! My fave Jen roles are Heartbreakers and Ghost whiperer! I miss that show!

Harold Shaffer on

She has my middle name. Way to go Autumn. It is a Jimmy thing.

Andy on

I LOVE YOU.

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