Benjamin Bratt is a happily married man and has been married to his wife, Talisa Soto, for almost 20 years as of this writing.

In the years that they have been married, they have been blessed with two beautiful kids — a daughter, Sophia Rosalinda, and a son, Mateo Bravery.

Benjamin Bratt & Wife are Parents of 2

That being said, life hasn't been easy for the actor and his wife, especially because one of their kids suffered a brain injury during childbirth, which resulted in their firstborn daughter having physical disabilities. 

In a column for People, Bratt confirmed that for the first few years after the birth of their daughter, they were utterly confused and lost. 

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One of Benjamin Bratt's kids — daughter Sophia

Benjamin Bratt's daughter Sophia (Source: Instagram)

In his words, what he and his wife "faced as parents was like being in a tunnel of darkness for the first few years of her life, because we didn't know what to do."

Bratt and his wife, Soto, are devout parents to their kids. They took the time to educate themselves about their daughter's condition and focused all their energy on assembling the best team of therapists they could manage. 

Thanks to all of their efforts, Sophia made good progress. The doting father later confirmed that his daughter "understands everything, she's quick to laugh, she's loving and a physically beautiful child."

He also affirmed that her younger brother, Mateo, was also very supportive and pushed his sister when needed. 

Eight years Felt like 6 Months

During another interaction with the outlet, Bratt told them that the first eight years of his marriage to Soto felt more like six months because the two of them were so aligned. 

They were cast as lovers in Pinero in 2001, a year after that, they got married. 

But apart from a shared passion for acting, they also had a devotion to parenting their kids, keeping them together. 

The father was also fond of hearing what his kids had to say and having conversations with them. 

"[I love] to see their perspective on things – just to be with them," he told the publication. "See what they have to say about the world, what they see."

Benjamin Bratt & Wife Picky about Projects

Since they became parents to their kids, the couple also confessed to being more picky-choosy about the projects they took on. 

The actor confessed that family was what meant the most to him, and to leave them behind to go act on a project was not something he was looking forward to. 

The stakes are much higher on every level. The work that you choose will draw you away from that which you care for most, your family, [and] gets a whole new scrutiny.

Bratt rose to stardom as Detective Reynaldo Curtis on Law & Order, but left the series after four years in 1999 to focus on his movie career.

His film credits include The River WildTraffic, and Miss Congeniality.

As for his wife, Soto began her career as a model.

She is perhaps best known for playing the role of the exotic Kitana in the Mortal Kombat franchise, including appearances in Mortal Kombat and its sequels Mortal Kombat: Annihilation in 1997 and Mortal Kombat 3: Domination in 2003.

Prior to her marriage to Bratt, she was married to actor Costas Mandylor for three years, leading up to a divorce in the year 2000. 

Although Bratt had made plenty of headlines for his breakup with Oscar-winner Julia Roberts, he had never been married before Soto.