Actor Matthew Settle

Celebrity Q&A, People
on October 2, 2011

Is Matthew Settle, who plays the dad, Rufus Humphrey, in Gossip Girl, a father in real life?
—Martha Hicks, Lexington, Ky.

Yes. Settle, 42, has a toddler daughter. What's the difference between him and the dad he plays on Gossip Girl? "The one I play on TV is somewhat of a Mr. Mom, and in real life, I'm a provider," Settle says. The native of Hickory, N.C., who grew up the son of a Baptist minister in Sevierville, Tenn., plays a college professor to Miley Cyrus in the new movie So Undercover. His credits include the miniseries Into the West and Band of Brothers and the TV movie The Mystery of Natalie Wood.