Billy Zane wanted to have children as soon as he met his girlfriend.

The 'Titanic' actor was smitten with Candice Neill from the minute they met and was thrilled when she fell pregnant with their daughter Eva Katerina, now 13 months, just three months into their relationship.

He said: ''We decided to make the baby three months into our relationship, knowing we were going to be together forever.

''Actually, I knew immediately that Candice was the one and I was biting my lip to wait three months. I knew after three days.''

Billy, 46, believes he was ''born'' to be a father and thinks he is doing a good job of raising his daughter.

He added in an interview with Britain's HELLO! magazine: ''I feel I was born to play this role, it just feels so natural. She's such a happy baby and I feel so happy with her that I feel that I must be doing something right. She is already walking and talking - although mainly her own language.

''We actually play the harmonica together and she also plays the piano. It's like she has the spirit of Judy Garland in her, she loves performing.''