Quotes and Trivia

Since I received the link to a wrap-up of entertainment quotes including one by Benjamin, I decided to create a page for Benjamin and his characters quotes and trivia. If you have other and different ones from the one I included, you post comments to add them.

Trivia

  • Benjamin’s daughter Sophia was born with an unspecified brain injury, but Benjamin and his wife Talisa chose to keep the news private, hoping to keep her life as normal as possible.
  • Bratt shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination with his castmates for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Law & Order from 1997 to 2000. He also received a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at Emmy Awards in 1999 for the same show. In 2001 Benjamin won a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture for Traffic.
  • While starring in E-Ring and Law & Order, Benjamin appeared in four of NBC’s The More You Know public service announcements. His topics were reading, substance abuse, family communication, and violence prevention.
  • Benjamin likes to smell clean but does not wear cologne. He takes three showers a day. He also has to exercise at least every three days or he feels too uptight and tense.
  • Ben’s favorite gift ever is the horse girlfriend Julia Roberts bought him for Christmas in 1999.
  • Benjamin comes from a very close family. His mother, brother and three sisters all live near him in San Francisco. Spending time with his family was one of the main reasons he left the TV series, Law & Order.
  • Benjamin was named the Sexiest Man in Hollywood in a poll of cable channel E! (October 23, 2002).
  • On July 22, 2004, he suffered the ultimate embarrassment when he agreed to surprise a fan on Oprah Winfrey’s chat show. The supposed fan had no idea who he was.
  • His grandfather, George Bratt, was a Broadway actor. His father was a sheet-metal worker. His mother Eldy Bratt, who is a nurse, moved to the US at age 14 and raised him in San Francisco.
  • As soon as he joined Law & Order the ratings shot through the roof.
  • Benjamin wore a Calvin Klein suit in his April 13, 2002 wedding to Talisa Soto.
  • Benjamin’s nickname is Ben.
  • “Miss Congeniality” (2000) is the second time for Sandra Bullock and Benjamin Bratt to play law enforcement officers in the same movie. They were also in “Demolition Man” (1993) together.
  • In the scene at the FBI building, Sandra Bullock is talking to him, arguing that she doesn’t argue. Bratt asks, Is this you not arguing? Cause you suck at it. Perhaps as homage to his then girlfriend, Julia Roberts, since that last line appeared twice in her movie, “Erin Brockovich”.

Quotes

  • Benjamin Bratt: (Explaining that his 5-year-old daughter Sophia suffered brain injury at birth, resulting in physical disabilities) Unless I’m home, I cannot be a great husband and father—especially the father of a child with special needs.
  • Benjamin Bratt: What my wife and I 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, but we educated ourselves, and assembled the best team of therapists we could. Sophia has blown us away with the amount of progress that she’s made.
  • Benjamin Bratt: She understands everything, she’s quick to laugh, she’s loving and a physically beautiful child, and even at 2, Mateo encourages her, pushes her along. She clearly doesn’t want to be left behind. Now she’s about to start kindergarten. It makes us fearful and excited at the same time.
  • Benjamin Bratt(on balancing between being a good father and a good husband) In real life? Little sleep, faultless dedication, willpower and the love of a good woman.
  • Benjamin Bratt: I’m lucky to have my brother — an incredible talent and my best friend. I’ll always make films with him.
  • Reporter: Did you think about being spit on when Bruce Weber asked you to go near the llama in our photograph?
    Benjamin Bratt: I said, “He ain’t gonna spit on me, is he? Because I got a nice white shirt on.” [laughs]
  • Benjamin Bratt: (about the racism he lived as a kid) I remember an example that happened when I was probably no more than four years old. My brother and I were playing in a neighborhood friend’s garage, and he disappeared for a minute. When our friend came back he said that we had to go home-“Because my father doesn’t want any niggers in his house.” We didn’t even know what the word was.
  • Benjamin Bratt: (on racism in the US) It’s sometimes subtle and sometimes not so subtle, but it’s all part of the racism that is pervasive in this country. It’s an issue that hasn’t been fully dealt with, even though it’s the basis for everything in the way we treat each other.
  • Benjamin Bratt: (on what her mother told him about her homeland) She made us aware at a very early age of the indigenous aspect of her culture. And this was in fact uncommon at the time because, even today, there’s such a great prejudice in South America against the indigenous culture that people are afraid to admit that they’re part native. To call someone an “indio” is still an insult.
  • Benjamin Bratt: It takes some kind of fortitude for someone like my mom to single-handedly raise five children, get them through college, and keep them out of jail.
  • Benjamin Bratt: My family is like a sanctuary to me. I always turn to them for support and strength. I take comfort in knowing no matter which path I choose, my family stands behind me.
  • Benjamin Bratt: I’m looking for a woman who possesses a kind of earthiness, a weightiness that is comforting and on some level maternal. She must possess that quality because if I’m with her, my intention is to make her the mother of my children.
  • Benjamin Bratt: I’ve made a career over the last seventeen years of mostly playing men in uniform, especially cops. The one thing for an actor that is death, is if you’re bored. The boredom will show in your work.
  • Benjamin Bratt: I’m on a real roll. Since I left Law and Order, I’ve made six films. The whole reason I left Law and Order was I wanted to have a life. That show is a huge commitment.
  • Benjamin Bratt: Audiences really like procedurals, but they often exist to the detriment of any personal life for the characters. “That’s fine for viewers. But after awhile it wasn’t fine for me as an actor, as much as I loved that show and the people I was working with.
  • Benjamin Bratt: I’ve been to Oz and pulled the curtain back. I know what the Law & Order machinations are. It doesn’t matter. Even today, if I’m running through channels and I stumble on that intro teaser, I have to sit down and watch. It’s just that good. There’s never been a show like it.
  • Benjamin Bratt:I don’t think that there is any longer a dark shadow cast over actors who work in television, so I would readily go back.
  • Benjamin Bratt: I don’t really consider myself to be an actor of any particular style. My aim with every role I undertake is to be truthful and honest in that particular portrayal. I don’t have a particular methodology from any one school of thought or training.
  • Benjamin Bratt: As far as I know, you only get one shot at this life. It only goes round once and time is precious. When I’m not working, you’d better spend that time with someone important.
  • Benjamin Bratt: The whole thing about acting, the draw for me, is the opportunity to do things you don’t get to do in real life
  • Benjamin Bratt: I have always been of the mind that good work is good work, whether performed on stage, on television or in film and, like any reasonable actor, I keep my options open.
  • Benjamin Bratt: My mother was born in Lima, Peru, and my father is American of primarily German and English descent. And as I understand it, Bratt is of English origin. People often ask me if it’s a stage name. In fact, it is not.
  • Benjamin Bratt:I’m oftentimes called away from my family… it’s rather hard for me to be away from them. We’re very close.
  • Benjamin Bratt:I find myself enjoying a deeper love than I ever imagined was possible in the form of my daughter and certainly in the union with my wife. It makes everything else, including work, which is one of the things I’m most passionate about, pale by comparison.
  • Benjamin Bratt: I find myself enjoying a deeper love than I ever imagined was possible in the form of my daughter and certainly in the union with my wife. It makes everything else, including work, which is one of the things I’m most passionate about, pale by comparison.
  • Benjamin Bratt: I come from a large family so you can count on the fact that I’m going to have more kids.
  • Benjamin Bratt:When you’re working opposite Halle Berry, you’re going to get a lot. So you have to give a lot. That said, what I’ve found striking in the past few days is that people are aware of a good chemistry that exists between us on screen. If that’s so, it’s due to the fact that she and I have a real liking for each other in real life and a real mutual respect.
  • Benjamin Bratt: I’m happy when I’m productive, … And television allows you to do that.
  • Benjamin Bratt: I thought I might be a sheet metal worker, … But I also knew the importance of getting an education. And when I got to college, it derailed any notion I had of being in construction. The arts seemed to stimulate me more.
  • Benjamin Bratt: I like to work on a character from the outside in.
  • Benjamin Bratt: Film and television essentially feel the same when you’re doing it, because it’s the same technical approach. All the homework is the same. The homework for each medium is all similar, but the gratification in a live theater context is much higher, because it’s immediate. It’s far more dangerous, because there are no retakes. It’s electric, it’s an actual chemical transaction that occurs between you and the audience.
  • Benjamin Bratt: Jerry is like the wizard behind the curtain. You never see him, but he’s amazing at delegating responsibility to capable hands, and because of that, we’ve had a very good beginning for what I hope to be a long-running series.
  • Benjamin Bratt: Jerry knew he had cancer when we worked together but he thought he was in complete remission… a wake-up call that reminds us to enjoy life for what it is. That’s what I’m doing on both a conscious and subconscious level.
  • Benjamin Bratt:As an audience member, I like watching Rupert as an actor when he’s most playful, … I think Rupert is really adept at comedy; I think that’s where his strength lies.
  • Benjamin Bratt: There were men missing legs and others had lost an arm in Iraq. There were young men who had been blinded, … I could only think to ask them, ‘Are you happy to be home?’ Without exception, they each answered, ‘If I could, I’d want to get back to the field to help the rest of our guys get back. It’s the same courage and self-sacrifice that our fathers had in World War II and it’s beautiful.
  • Benjamin Bratt: He smiled and said, ‘Yeah, yeah, sure kid.’ Then he slammed the door and just drove off, … I didn’t cry, but it hurt my feelings. That certainly taught me a lesson. I try to be gracious and kind to anyone who asks for an autograph.
  • Benjamin Bratt: The one thing that I find aggravating as a man of color, but in particular as a man descended of Latino culture, is that I try to avoid labels. On a national level there is a tendency to portray Latino culture as a monolithic entity, which is a really inaccurate way of seeing ourselves. There is as much diversity and uniqueness within the Latino culture as there is in any other kind of American culture.
  • Benjamin Bratt: You can’t change who you are. It’s like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole.
  • Benjamin Bratt: (What does it take to be a good husband and a good father?) Little sleep, faultless dedication and the love of a good woman.
  • Benjamin Bratt: I am very certain about who I am and what is important to me. I’m always aware of where my feet are – firmly on the ground. There’s not much that can knock me down. And if something comes along that can, I know it’ll be an awfully quick recovery because I have good people around me.
  • Benjamin Bratt: Clearly, I’ve always been of the mind that love is love, and love is colorblind. But I do understand the notion that there is a kind of naturalness to like-minded and like-hearted people being together.
  • Benjamin Bratt: [I wanted to be] a fireman, yes. I had a fascination with fire. And I wanted to be a race-car driver. I wanted to be Speed Racer. Then I wanted to be Bruce Lee. Now I’m so very happy being exactly who I am.
  • Benjamin Bratt: Romance comes from having an open heart. That’s a gift my mother gave me – to be open to everything and everyone. That open heart allows me to be myself. I’m passionate about my life, the people I love, my faith, my friends.
  • Benjamin Bratt: […] I try to be kind. In general, as a society, we’ve taken a very selfish view of things. We’ve all become get-over artists. I think the world can do with a little more kindness.
  • Benjamin Bratt: (About his relationship with Julia Roberts) It’s like a fly that won’t leave you alone. It’s that mosquito that buzzes in your ear when you’re trying to sleep at night. You turn the light off and it comes back again. It’s constant and ever present and it disrupts any chance of peace.
  • Benjamin Bratt: Talisa’s not the kind of woman that you just date. If she’s available, you grab her and hold on. She makes me fearless.
  • Benjamin Bratt: (on his relationship with his wife, Talisa Soto) To go from a regular friendship to such a romantic situation was a fascinating transformation. It’s something I’ve never experienced before, yet that makes it better. We first met when we started going to auditions for films. I was aware of her beauty and talents as an actress. But we only started dating last November (2001) and, at the moment, neither of us is really sure how it came about. We met up by chance and it became a date. We’re both single and mature and have a lot in common. It’s like being in love for the first time. It has also been very quiet and low-key, which has suited us both.
  • Benjamin Bratt: I’m certainly a daddy in training and they say practice makes perfect. I’m ready yesterday. I come from a very large family and I take comfort from that kind of surrounding. It seems natural for me to have one myself. I see myself with my young warrior son on my shoulder. I can’t wait for that feeling.
  • Benjamin Bratt: (on his wife, Talisa Soto) She’s the most remarkable woman I’ve ever had the chance to come across. We’ve been friends for years and years. Within the industry actors in general tend to keep tabs on each other and in particular with Latino actors we’re all aware of what each other is doing.
  • Benjamin Bratt: Talisa and I were respectably with other people on the set of the film (Pinero, ndr) but through the course of filming our friendship blossomed into something more. She happened to simultaneously be going through the same difficult break-up process that I was and it wasn’t until September when we were up at the Montreal Film Festival promoting the film that there was a little bit something else. I was like ‘Wow!’.
  • Benjamin Bratt: Of course I understand the curiosity that, at times, surrounds my personal life. I also know it is no one’s business but my own. And it’s likely going to remain my business.
  • Benjamin Bratt: If you can educate and remind someone of the important things in life – focusing on your family, reading with your kids, educating them… then that’s something to be proud of and I’m happy to be a part of it.
  • Benjamin Bratt: (about fatherhood) I think there’s a settled quality, there’s a gravitas that comes with aging and being a parent, because you certainly come to recognize that there’s nothing else that takes greater priority than raising your children.
  • Benjamin Bratt: (about Law & Order) I think it’s the cast changes from year to year that actually keep the show fresh. Clearly, the star of the show is not any one actor, but the group of actors, and, more importantly, the stories that are told, and the form that IS the show.
  • Benjamin Bratt: (Preferring to think of himself as a husband and a father, he mused about his career) If it all went poof, I’d be disappointed but it wouldn’t be the end.
  • Benjamin Bratt(During his conversation with Jennifer Siebel Newsom at 2010 Cinequest Film Festival, Bratt made a point to recognize Alcario and Carmen Castellano, the South Bay philanthropists whose Castellano Family Foundation sponsored the event) They are what I aspire to be: Members of the community who generously give back … That’s part of my equation for success. That’s a responsibility of mine as an artist.
  • Benjamin Bratt: (About his children) Raising them is my wife’s and my principal focus. In recognition of that, being a father informs the choices I make in terms of the roles I take on, where those jobs are… As a good parent, you have to be there.
  • Benjamin Bratt: My brother and I were born and raised in the Mission District of San Francisco (where) homophobia exists. (But) no matter what decisions my kids have or make, I’d always support what they are. I cannot see any choice where in real life I would ever walk away.
  • Benjamin Bratt: (I have a) lifetime cinematic immunity pass. If I get stopped for making an illegal left turn, or for exceeding the speed limit, I’ll hand over my ID and when the police see my clean-shaven face on the license, they say, ‘Hey Curtis, just slow it down next time, will you? And can I have your autograph?’
  • Benjamin Bratt: What I’m troubled by is, you cannot name a brown-skinned Latino male who can get a film green-lit. There isn’t one. Why not? It still seems we are treated like an exotic other.
  • Benjamin Bratt: What I admire most about my brother is, he’s a deep thinker.

3 thoughts on “Quotes and Trivia”

  1. Such a beautiful and wonderful person.  God bless you and you family and may you coninue to have happiness and success.

  2. I woke up this morning and the first person i thought of is you, Benjamin Bratt. I always admire you as an actor; more so especially when I first met you at the doctor’s office where I used to work in San Francisco; I was so excited to go home that day to tell my family and friends that I personally met a handsome young actor with his wife and daughter. I always thought of Sophia your beautiful daughter. I always wonder how she’s doing. I also have a very especial daughter. I wish you and your family the best things life can offer! !!○♡○♡○♡○♡○♡

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