Chris Noth on His ‘Goofball’ Son’s Appreciation for Poop Jokes: ‘Boys Never Get Over That’

09/05/2016 at 03:45 PM ET

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Looks like Chris Noth can check off “fathering a mini-me” from his parenting to-do list, as it seems his 8½-year-old son Orion Christopher has inherited his dad’s sense of humor.

“My son makes me laugh every day. He’s got a little of my goofball in him. He still loves poop jokes,” the actor, well-known for his role as Mr. Big on Sex and the City during its entire six-season run, tells PEOPLE.

“He’ll text me poop emojis and then sign, ‘Daddy, it’s Orion,’ and I’m like, ‘I know!’ ” adds Noth, 61, who has been married to longtime love Tara Wilson since 2012. “Boys never get over that.”

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Noth — who’s currently starring in White Girl, in theaters now — is a big fan of family time, and tells PEOPLE that his last vacation was extremely special to him.

“I went with my family to Crete. It was the best vacation I’ve ever had. It was for a week while I was in-between filming Tyrant,” he says, referencing his new show on FX. “I rented a car and we went all the way from one end of the island to another. The ruins are incredible, and the food is so pure and clean.”

“We went swimming in the Aegean Sea. It was bliss,” he adds. “My son and I like to look for stones in the water. I don’t have a stamp collection; I have a stone collection!”

It’s not all peaceful tranquility 24/7 for Noth and his family, though — in fact, the actor’s last injury wasn’t set-related, but family-related.

“The other day I was throwing my kid around on the bed and I pulled a muscle in my back,” Noth says.

“He loves to be thrown around, but he’s not as light as he used to be! I lifted him up, threw him on the bed and then it’s like, ‘Wait a minute, he’s 60 lbs.’ My back is going, ‘Not so fast, partner!’ ” he adds. “I’ve got to stay young for him. He’s a good inspiration to go to the gym.”

For more from Chris Noth, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

Jen Juneau with reporting by Aili Nahas

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L on

Such good looking man

Jenny on

I have always liked Chris Noth. I was so sad when the Good Wife was cancelled because I would not be seeing him again!

Just a Duck on

Please tell me that mess growing on his face is for a movie role.

chirp on

What a ridiculous movie name. It is gratifying to note, as stated by Box Office Mojo, that the movie “White Girl” only made a whopping $44,000 on its opening weekend.

Durr on

Say Cheese! Cheesy moustache that is.

PoopyJoke on

The potty jokes have definitely evolved since I was a kid! I overheard a 2nd grader telling this joke…
boy: have you seen the movie ‘Constipated’?
girl: no
boy: that’s because it hasn’t come out!!
And I’m not ashamed to say I stole it and started telling my coworkers! LOL

tooquiet4me2005 on

The older he gets, the better looking and swoon-worthy he is…

Carrow on

HOW is he that good looking at 61?!?!?! Tara is a very lucky woman.🙂