Since the December birth of his daughter Winnie, life — and art — have come full circle for Tyler Hilton.
In an exclusive conversation with PEOPLE surrounding the Wednesday premiere of his new music video for "When I See You, I See Home (Wedding Version)," the 36-year-old actor and singer opens up about what inspired him to include footage not only from his 2015 wedding to wife Megan Park, but his 5-month-old baby girl.
"The home that I speak about, being Megan, actually wasn't even a person at all — it was a family," says Hilton, 36. "And without realizing it, she and I were a two-person family. And then I see Winnie as part of our picture and I realize I had no idea how incomplete we were until she comes along."
And though he wrote the song's lyrics during the couple's engagement period, "Now, [with] 'When I See You, I See Home,' I'm not just thinking about Megan — I'm thinking about my family, which is even weird to say," he shares. "I have this family now."
The majority of the video, released just in time for Father's Day, takes fans through the pair's wedding day — footage that was put together by Hilton's friend Ryan Forsythe, a video director. Forsythe was also the one who showed up at their home to get video of Winnie to include near the end, which was an adventure for her parents.
"We kinda hoped she would be really natural in front of the camera. She's the sweetest baby, never cries, but as soon as [Ryan] comes over, she's going crazy. She's crying, she's throwing up, she's pooping everywhere — I've never even seen this. … We were like, 'Well, I guess she's not gonna be a performer,' " Hilton says, laughing.
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Additionally, Hilton holds an hour-long virtual event every Tuesday called Coffee with Tyler, where he connects with just six fans for a more intimate conversation about how they are faring during the COVID-19 crisis. He has spoken to people from all parts of the globe, from teachers to front-line healthcare workers and fellow parents who are just trying to keep it all together while social distancing with their families.
"It's crazy hearing everyone's experiences during this whole quarantine. I try to keep the group small so we can actually talk," he tells PEOPLE. "Since they're on Zoom, I'm talking to people from France, London, Sydney, not to mention from all over the states and Canada, so it's people in so many different areas telling me so many different things that I either couldn't hear on the news or wouldn't get, but very personal little things."
And his favorite part of fatherhood so far? Simply getting to know his new addition for who she is. "There's the idea of being a dad, which I'd always had my whole life," Hilton says, "but I didn't take into account meeting this little girl, Winnie. So my favorite part of being a dad is that I get to hang out with this little kid named Winnie, who's so cute — her whole vibe is so cool."
"And I think being dad to anybody would be great, but it's made doubly so because I couldn't have even imagined getting to be the dad of someone so cool," he adds. "Who she is has been the biggest surprise of all."
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