While actor Benjamin Bratt and wife Talisa Soto are a notoriously private pair, the couple recently shared Soto’s breast cancer diagnosis in an effort to encourage women to get regular screenings.
“This is something I typically would keep close-held, but through the pandemic, through self-exam and then by going to her yearly mammogram, she discovered that she was positive for breast cancer,” Bratt, 58, revealed on TODAY Thursday while promoting new HBOMax miniseries, “DMZ.”
The “Law & Order” alum added that Soto, 54, asked him to share the diagnosis to remind other women “that it’s important to get your screenings yearly, that you have to self-advocate for yourself and take care of yourself. Not just eating well, but you have to get to the doctor and make these exams a part of your regular life.”
According to Bratt, Soto — an accomplished actress in her own right who played Bond girl Lupe Lamora in the 1989 James Bond film “License to Kill” — is doing well.
“She’s doing great,” he said. “The medication rocks the hormonal system a little bit but the good news is, she was found to be cancer-free at this point. So we’re just on guard to make sure it doesn’t come back.”
She also encouraged the “Shot Caller” actor to prioritize his own health.
“I immediately got on getting my colonoscopy, which I had held off for too many years,” he admitted. “So it’s something to be thoughtful about.”
Brett and Soto married in 2002 and share 19-year-old daughter, Sophia, and 16-year-old son, Mateo.