Talisa Soto (born Miriam Soto on March 27, 1967, Brooklyn, New York, USA) is an American model and actress of Puerto Rican descent. She played the part of Princess Kitana in both Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. She stands about 5 feet 10 inches.
Soto was born Miriam Soto in Brooklyn, New York, where her parents moved to from Puerto Rico in the 1950s. Her parents relocated to Northampton, Massachusetts when she was still just a child. Soto's family was one of the few Puerto Rican families that resided in her neighborhood. She was raised and educated there, but she felt that people were prejudiced against her and she became a loner. Soto landed her first modeling job in 1982, when she was fifteen years old. In 1985, she tried to sign up with the Ford modeling agency, but was rejected because she looked "too" Latina. Soto then went and signed with Click Model Management and headed for Europe. She established herself as one of the top models of the 1980s and was very busy modeling in Italy and France. She appeared on the covers of Vogue, British Elle, British Vogue (Photographed by Lord Snowdon) Mademoiselle, Glamour and Self magazines. She also appeared in her first music video with boyfriend Nick Kamen for Madonna produced "Each Time You Break My Heart" directed by Tony Viramontes. Nick and Talisa were favorites of Ray Petri: the late fashion stylist and creator of the 80's London "Buffalo Boy" look. In 1988, when Soto returned to the United States, she auditioned and landed the role of India in her feature debut, Spike of Bensonhurst, a comedy which starred Sasha Mitchell and Ernest Borgnine. In 1989, she was cast as Lupe Lamora, in the James Bond movie Licence to Kill starring Timothy Dalton and as Maria Rivera in The Mambo Kings.
Soto has participated in more than 20 movies, among which are: Mortal Kombat (1995) as Kitana; Island of the Dead as Melissa O'Keefe; Piñero (2001) as Sugar, starring Benjamin Bratt; and Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002) as Ryne alongside Lucy Liu and Antonio Banderas. Soto has also made two guest appearances on the television series C-16: FBI. In 1995, she played the role of Doña Julia, one of Johnny Depp's many love interests in the tongue-in-cheek romantic comedy Don Juan DeMarco, Depp playing the title role. She also made an appearance in Marc Anthony's music video for I Need to Know. In 1996 Soto played the title role in the campy movie Vampirella based on the comic book character.
In 1990, Soto was chosen by People Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. In 1995, she was featured in the Sports Illustrated "Swimsuit Issue". She was ranked #58 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2002. Soto maintained a very public relationship with fellow model and teen heartthrob, Nick Kamen, with whom she lived in London and NYC during the late 80's. Soto later married Costas Mandylor (An actor who is most notable for his role Detective Mark Hoffman in the horror film series, Saw) in 1997 and they were divorced in 2000. She met Benjamin Bratt while the two were filming Piñero. They were married on April 13, 2002. The couple has two children: daughter Sophia Rosalinda Bratt, born December 6, 2002, and a son, Mateo Bravery Bratt, born October 3, 2005. They reside in Los Angeles, California.
Talisa Soto at the Internet Movie Database