Josh Duhamel: Son Axl Isn’t a Baby Anymore!

10/13/2014 at 12:30 PM ET

Josh Duhamel
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Josh Duhamel‘s little boy isn’t so little anymore.

“He’s already swimming around in the pool, and I was like, ‘What the hell happened to my baby?’ He’s walking all over the place, talking. He’s a toddler now!” the actor tells PEOPLE of 13-month-old Axl Jack.

“It happens quick. Next thing you know, they’re going off to college. So that’s one thing I’ve really taken to heart, trying to be there as much as I can.”

Axl is growing into his own musical tastes. He listens to the new songs mom Fergie is recording and has repped Wu Tang Clan on Instagram. But Duhamel, 41, says his son is really into Bob Marley: His parents read him the children’s picture book Every Little Thing by Marley’s daughter, Cedella, and sing along to the lyrics.

“He loves that book,” the You’re Not You star says. “It’s the one book we can get him to sit down and actually listen to.”

But fatherhood didn’t just give Duhamel a family — it inspired him to get involved in the fight to end child hunger, partnering with Unilever Project Sunlight (a sustainability initiative encouraging people to create a brighter future for the next generation) and Feeding America for the “Share a Meal” initiative.

His interest started, he says, when Fergie, 39, pulled him away from one football Sunday and drove him to a soup kitchen in West Hollywood. He saw lines of children and parents waiting for food and was drawn to their cause.

“She’s a very passionate girl, and after we had our boy, I think that really opens your eyes,” he says. “Any parent would understand how awful it would be if you weren’t able to provide fully for your kid, and unfortunately, there’s a lot of that happening in the U.S. Even though there’s so much food that’s wasted every year in this country, there’s still so many families, especially children, who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Having a child of our own made us even more willing to try to do something.”

So what’s next for this family of three? Their themed Halloween costumes are always a hit, but Duhamel says he and Fergie are still figuring out the festive details — though Axl is sure to be stinkingly cute.

“I think Axl’s going as a skunk,” he teases. “I’m sure it will be something ridiculous.”

To learn how to join Duhamel and help “Share a Meal,” check out the  new mini-documentary, Going to Bed Hungry: The Changing Face of Child Hunger, and download the project’s tool kit.

— Michele Corriston

FILED UNDER: Fergie , Josh Duhamel , News , Parenting

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Nikki on

I love him and Fergie. They seem like such a fun and loving couple, and great parents.

blessedwithboys on

Cutest baby ever!

lynnie on

Very adorable! He is one of the cutest celebrity kids next to Harper Beckham. She is so cute too!

landon on

he needed to see a “soup kitchen in west hollywood” to know that people in the world are doing without food? Does he read any news? Don’t the commercials during football games talk about how many children go to “bed” hungry every day on this planet? I mean literal “hunger” not just “I had only one meal today.” He thought hunger was limited to Malawi and Haiti? It says he was “drawn to their cause,” but what is he doing?

I like their kid’s name.

Lilah on

All is a cutie patootie!

nanam on

Dear Axl”s dad He will always be your baby!
From a mom with a 19 and 14 yr old baby
p.s. yours and Fergie’s little one is very cute!!

Kathy on

Little Axl is an adorable kid!

Hmmm on

Not related to the article, but I had a completely random dirty dream about Josh Duhamel the other night. It was strange because I haven’t really thought about him that way. It wasn’t unwelcome, though. lol

KW on

wow, what a cute little boy!

Michelle on

Axl is so adorable and holy he looks so much like mommy! Cheers to you Josh for being such a hands on dad ❤ xo

Anonymous on

landon- He said that seeing the hungry people at the soup kitchen was what made him want to HELP hungry people, not that it was what first made him AWARE of hungry people! Also, for what it’s worth, hearing and knowing that there are starving people out there is one thing- actually seeing them and realizing just how grim their situation is is quite another!

Anyway, I wonder if Josh and Fergie will have another baby? I’d love to see them with a little girl (who would most likely have Josh wrapped around her little finger within two seconds)!

Catmeurig on

As a parent, it doesn’t matter celebrity or regular Joe, kids just grow up too fast. I tell my kids to stop growing ALL the time, but of course they just keep getting older and taller….*sigh*…

klynn on

Wow he looks just like fergie when she was a child…figured he would look like his hot daddy, but he looks like fergies twin. Hope she has another kid, would love to see her have a little girl. They also seem like awesome parents