updated 03/02/2009 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 03/02/2009 AT 12:35 PM ET
Rumors are swirling about who will be cast in Twilight’s sequel, New Moon. Twilight actor Billy Burke has his own wish list.
“I would love to have Dakota Fanning in the movie,” Burke, who plays the character of Charlie Swan in the film, told PEOPLE at the World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational on Saturday.
“She’s one of the most talented young actors that’s come around in ages.”
Burke, 42, who plays the father to Kristen Stewart’s character, Bella, starts shooting New Moon next month in Vancouver and can’t wait to reunite with his costar.
“We get along in this weird ethereal way that I haven’t gotten along with any costar before,” Burke said of Stewart. “She brings something that makes me want to go to work.”
Burke says he can relate to his character more the second time around since he became a father himself to his now-7-month-old daughter, who was born during the shooting of Twilight.
“It’s the weirdest and coolest thing I’ve ever had happen to me,” the actor says of being a dad.
“I had to turn down a movie last month because I didn’t want to be away from the baby. I’ve never had to make decisions like that before. I used to be a pretty selfish bastard. Now I’m thinking like I’d rather spend time with my kid.”
The best part about being a dad? “When your baby smiles at you with their whole body. It’s enough to make me fall down.”
Reporting by KIMBERLY LANSING