Jesse Tyler Ferguson Wants Kids Within 5 Years – and Lots of Them

Jesse Tyler Ferguson (left) and Justin Mikita

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11/19/2013 AT 9:20 AM ET

Jesse and Justin plus eight?

Jesse Tyler Ferguson joked Monday that he and new husband Justin Mikita would like to have “a Kate Gosselin situation” when they start having kids.

“At least eight, minimum!” the Modern Family actor told PEOPLE at the 13th annual The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway charity event presented by Montblanc in New York.

And it sounds like it will happen sooner rather than later. “In the next four, five years,” says Ferguson. “I’m 38, so you know, I don’t have a biological clock, but if I did, it would be ticking.”

Ferguson and Mikita, 28, were married this summer, and it sounds like they’re very much still in the honeymoon phase.

“It’s been great,” says Ferguson. “It seems easy, but it seems different at the same time. I use the word husband a lot more than I thought I would, which is a really wonderful feeling.”


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