Ariana Richards Expecting First Child

06/10/2015 at 08:30 PM ET

Jurassic Park‘s Ariana Richards is expecting her first child with husband, Mark Bolton, PEOPLE confirms.

The happy couple, who tied the knot in January 2013, are expecting the arrival of their little one in November and could not be more excited.

“My husband and I are thrilled,” Richards, 35, tells PEOPLE. “This is really a wonderful moment for us. It’s super exciting.”

These days, Richards is focusing on her love of art and has made a life for herself as a professional painter. “For me, it’s really about telling a story and I’ve certainly learned from the best,” Richards says.

“I love to work with people in the art and express their story on canvas and my impression of them and what they want to express and use oils, brushes, canvas to create something that will last the generation.”

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Richards, who is currently residing in South America for her art tour, says that life after Jurassic Park is much quieter.

“My life story these days, I still experience the red carpet as an artist but on a day-to-day basis I live kind of a country life,” the mom-to-be shares. “It’s much quieter, but it’s still very rich.”

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However, Richards is proud to pay tribute to the movie that opened her eyes to a whole new world.

“My experience working on Jurassic, it was so groundbreaking,” Richards explains. “It’s so fun to be part of something that touched the culture in such a big way and that brings people so much joy.”

Though Richards admits that she would have loved to accept the invitation to attend the premiere of Jurassic World, her doctor recommended that she stay put in South America and focus on the arrival of her little one.

“When we have our little child come along soon, she’ll be — or he’ll be — the star of our lives,” she says.

— Christina Dugan

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Bem on

Odd that she cannot travel, as the baby is not due until November.
Anyways, it’s nice to see that she has grown up normal and successful, and hopefully her pregnancy and birth will all go well!

klutzy_girl on

Aw, congratulations to her! Jurassic Park is still one of my favorite movies and I can’t wait for Jurassic World.

Frank Garrett on

Her acting was terrible in Jurassic Park. Just bugged out her eyes most of the time and over acted.

debra40 on

too bad they didn’t cast her character in this movie. what about the kid who played her brother? What is he up to

Cannibal on

She was also Jessica’s best friend in Prancer. 🙂 Congrats.

Elise on

@ Frank Garrett…..you’re entitled to your opinion but I completely disagree. I thought she did a great job. Why you have to rudely voice that with this article/news is beyond me.

Ava on

@debra40 Joseph Mazzello played her brother. He is still acting and is good, although not as good as he was as a kid, and he matured into an unattractive adult (not to mention majorly arrogant).

tlk on

So glad she did not become another child star tragedy. I cannot believe that she is 35. Wow time fly’s.

Robin Doyle on

good luck guys I am single I am not married either I am staying that way for good I don’t like kids every kid is different you don’t know want personality their going to have until there born I got a girl cousin they got a son he is bad hitting and pinching.

Nancy on

Um she grew up so quick, she was a small kid in Jurassic Park, suddenly she is 35 already, time really goes fast.

Juan Montiel on

She grew into a beautiful woman. I, mean, WOW!! She’s older than I originally thought. She looks younger than her age. Glad to see that she didn’t become some train wreck, like some other young actresses.

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