David Arquette Says Son Charlie Refuses to Say Sister Coco’s Name: ‘It’s a Power Move’

10/17/2015 at 11:30 PM ET

Even at a mere 17 months old, David Arquette‘s son Charlie West knows how to play the sibling rivalry game with big sister Coco.

“He’s still holding off on saying [Coco’s] name,” Arquette told PEOPLE before performing in the preview of the stage version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. “He says everyone’s name but hers. I think it’s a power move.”

It’s less of an indictment of how the toddler feels toward his 11-year-old sister, as it is about how Charlie feels about sharing the role of center of the universe.

“He’s like, ‘Wait a second, you’re going to get attention too?’ ” jokes Arquette.

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Not that it really matters to Coco, who, the actor points out, is the model of a perfect older sister — even as she approaches the teenage years.

“She really loves him and is really kind to him,” Arquette says. “She is approaching adolescence, so there are some hormones that are starting to happen, but she has a great attitude, and she is really sweet.”

Which leaves Charlie time to enjoy the simple things in life, a prospect that his proud father can completely get behind.

“He’s got his own personality. He’s a little bit of a character,” the 44-year-old actor says with a laugh. “He loves cars, and our favorite game is ‘Beep, Beep,’ where I take him into my car and he flips all of the buttons. He will do that every day, 10 times a day. Every time he sees me he says, ‘Beep, beep? Beep, beep?’ ”

— Reagan Alexander

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Guest on

Sweet stories!

lynnie on

I agree, Coco is a weird girl’s name. There are so many nicer names they could have chose.

Kaitlin Quintero on

So sweet

emr on

Coco’s name is made up from her mom’s name
Courtney Cox – see Coco

Dee on

Cute!!!

Kaitlin on

emr – it’s not made up of her mom’s name. There was an interview with Courtney when Coco was a baby about her name. Courtney’s family (I think an Aunt or her Grandma) had the nickname Coco, and she was named that way.

Anonymous on

Kaitlin- Coco was actually Courtney’s childhood nickname. She wanted to name her Courtney after herself (it’s tradition in her family- she herself is named after her mother), but David didn’t want to, so they compromised with Coco. 🙂