Freddy Rodríguez's personal life has been as euphoric as his acting career, decorated by critically acclaimed TV shows such as Lady in the Water, Bobby, Ugly Betty, Bull, The Night Shift, and Six Feet Under.

The Chicago native has been married to his long-time partner, Elsie Rodriguez, for 26 long years, and they have welcomed two kids together. Here's the fascinating story of how he met his wife for the first time.  

Freddy Rodriguez Met Elsie in a Family Function

Rodriguez might have never met his wife, Elsie, if not for his Puerto Rican immigrant parents.

They were strict, and in an attempt to keep Rodriguez and his brothers away from the hard-core, drug-dealing company in Bucktown, Chicago, they introduced them to frequent family gatherings and reunions. 

It was in such a family function that then 14-year-old Rodriguez met his future wife, Elsie. His cousin had invited him over and had brought her to the celebration. 

At first sight, the famed actor was in love with Elsie, but he felt she was out of his league. Thankfully, the attraction was mutual, and the pair started dating as teenagers.

The relationship only progressed from thereon, and they tied the knot on December 23, 1995. Rodriguez was 20 at the time of the wedding. 

Rodriguez and His Wife Have Two Sons

The same year of the wedding, Rodriguez and Elsie welcomed a bundle of joy into their family — their first son, Giancarlo. Their second son Elijah joined the family three years later, in 1998.

Needless to say, the Bull actor's sons have grown up as of this time of writing. 

Giancarlo graduated in Sociology from Boston University as a first-generation Latino kid in May 2017. He has been dating a guy named Stan since the same year. 

As for their second son, Elijah graduated from the University of Edinburgh in August 2021. "Congratulations son! So proud of you!" Rodriguez wrote, announcing the big news via an Instagram post on August 27, 2021.

The 46-year-old even mentioned the pandemic and urged all the young students to stay strong amid these trying times. "May the perseverance you’ve developed to endure this difficult time forever strengthen you on your path to success," he added. 

Freddy Rodriguez Is a Great Father

Elsie, a Los Angeles-based interior designer and founder of Interior Solutions LLC, has nothing but praise for her partner-in-crime. On Father's Day 2020, the mother-of-two took to Instagram to share how great of a father Rodriguez was.

"Our boys have been so blessed," Elsie began the caption that coupled with a gallery of Rodriguez and their sons' pictures. The house decorator then heralded the actor as a caring, funny, loving, empathetic, and attentive dad. 

She recounted how exhausted he used to be after work. But despite the tiredness, he always made it a point to sit at the dinner table with their children and chat about their day. 

Elsie thanked her husband for his selfless dedication and ended the heartfelt message with, "Happy Father's Day, my love. I love you."

Without a doubt, the pair did their best at parenting their kids in the best way. They even kept them grounded by deliberately introducing them to long bike rides, museum visits, and frequent family reunions.