Talisa Soto is an American actress, model, and wife of Benjamin Bratt; her husband is well-known for his role in the film “Law and Order.” She’s also recognized as one of the ‘Bond girls’ in the James Bond series film, “License to Kill,” as well as Princess Kitana from “Mortal Kombat”, and its sequel, “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.”
- 1 Early life, family, and educational background
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life, marriage, divorce, and children
- 4 Hobbies, favorite things, and interesting facts
- 5 Appearance and clothing style
- 6 Net worth and salary
Early life, family, and educational background
Miriam Talisa Soto’s date of birth is 27 March 1967, in Brooklyn, New York City, USA, into a Puerto Rican family. Her parents are Hector and Clari Soto, who migrated to the mainland US from Puerto Rico, to Northampton, Massachusetts, when she was five years old, where she and her siblings grew up and went to school. After completing high school, she devoted her time to her modeling career.
Talisa’s career began as a model when she was 15 years old, discovered by Click Model Management, who signed her to a modeling contract. However, because she was still young and wanted to continue her studies, the company allowed her to do modeling jobs during summer vacations.
She traveled to Europe and worked as a model for international magazines, including Vogue, where Bruce Webber took her photographs in Paris; after working each vacation, she returned to Massachusetts for schooling. She pursued her modeling career full-time after matriculating from high school and became the cover girl of several high-profile magazines, such as American and British Vogue, Mademoiselle, Glamour, Self Magazine, and Elle.
She also has contracts as a model with Calvin Klein, Clarins, Salvatore Ferragamo, Versace, Saks Fifth Avenue, Cartier and Revlon.
Music video model
She starred in music videos with “Each Time You Break My Heart,” a song by the “Queen of Pop,” Madonna with her former beau Nick Kamen, and “I Need to Know,” a piece by Mark Anthony.
She was cast in her first role in 1988 as India, along with main leads Sasha Mitchell and Ernest Borgnine, in “Spike of Bensonhurst,” a comedy-drama and mafia film. In 1989, she played the role of Lupe Lamora in the movie “License to Kill”, the 16th in the James Bond franchise, making her the first Latina woman to participate in a Bond film.
Following that, she appeared in over 20 films, including “Don Juan DeMarco,” “Piero,” “Island of the Dead,” and her most well-known film, “Mortal Kombat,” which was based on the popular video game of the time.
Her last film appearance was in “La Mission” in 2009, after which she retired from acting, but she still shows up on red carpets at award ceremonies and premiere nights with her husband Benjamin Bratt.
Awards, nominations, and fame as a model
Her stardom as a top model brought her to the Harper’s Bazaar list as one of the best models around the world in 1988. She was one of the People’s 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1990, and in 1995 she appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and was invited to the magazine’s television show.
She also made it to number 58 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women in 2002, for her graceful beauty.
In her acting career, Talisa earned the ShoWest Female Star of Tomorrow Award for her performance in “License to Kill”, and was also nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her portrayal as Sugar in “Piero” for an ALMA Award.
Personal life, marriage, divorce, and children
Talisa Soto has married twice – her first marriage lasted only three years, but she has been with her current husband for nearly 20 years.
Marriage and Divorce from Costas Mandylor
Coatas Mandylor, also known as Konstantinos Theodosopoulos, was born in Melbourne, Australia, on 3 September 1965 to Greek parents Louise and Yannis Theodosopoulos; Louis Mandylor is his brother, who is also an actor and an Academy Award-nominee for his performances in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and its sequel, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.” Their mother’s maiden name is used in their screen names, because their surname in Greek is too long.
Coatas is recognized as Detective Mark Hoffman in the “Saw” movie series, and “Virtuosity.” He had various jobs before getting any acting gigs which made him a successful actor.
He also starred in the film “Triumph of the Spirit” in 1989, and has since appeared in many movies and television series.
Talisa and Coast became a couple in 1996, and were married in 1997, but it didn’t last long, and they separated in 2000, without disclosing the cause of their divorce. Costas subsequently dated Victoria Ramos, an actress in the film “Road to Juarez,” and they tied the knot in the fall of 2013, apparently still both happily married.
Benjamin Bratt, husband of Talisa Soto
Benjamin Bratt is a Peruvian-American actor, born in San Francisco, California, on 16 December 1963. He’s the middle child of five, all of whom were raised by his mother.
He never imagined himself as an actor, despite the fact that his grandfather worked in New York theater. He went to Lowell High School, and then studied at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His father urged him to pursue an acting career, so he then enrolled at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.
In 1987, he made his acting debut as Sergeant Rosendo Juarez in the television film “Juarez.” He also starred as police officer Paco Aguilar in “Blood In, Blood Out,” and as Alfredo Garcia in “Demolition Man” in 1993. However, he rose to fame in 1995 as Detective Reynaldo Curtis in the award-winning series “Law & Order.”
He received nominations from several awarding bodies, including for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series in Alma Awards, and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at the Primetime Emmy Award. In addition, he’s participated in blockbuster films such as “Miss Congeniality,” “Catwoman,” “Ride Along 2,” and “Doctor Strange.”
He dated the award-winning actress Julia Roberts in 1998, but the couple called it quits after four years. In 2002 he then dated Talisa Soto on the sets of “Piñero”, a year after her divorce from her first husband. The couple were married on 13 April 2002. They have two children, namely, Sophia Rosalinda and Mateo Bravery.
Hobbies, favorite things, and interesting facts
- Talisa works out three times a week, and does weights and cardio.
- She likes doing simple things with her friends and family, like drinking wine, eating some cheese and crackers, and catching up.
- She eats healthy food, but loves pizza.
- She loves Hermes bags, but finds them expensive.
- She wants to learn to play the guitar, and to speak Italian.
— Kitana Fan Page (@KitanaFanRealm) November 6, 2015
Appearance and clothing style
Talisa stands at 5ft 9ins (1.76m) tall and weighs about 120lbs (55kgs), with vital statistics of 32-26-32; she has medium brown hair and brown eyes. According to the New York Post, she mentioned that her clothing style is unique; even though she became a model for many brands, she doesn’t always integrate those fashion trends into her style.
Net worth and salary
As of early 2022, Talisa’s net worth is estimated at $7.5 million, while her husband’s wealth is reputedly over $15 million. Talisa benefited from acting and modeling, whereas Benjamin has earned his wealth through acting and producing films.