This will be the second child for the former Law and Order star and his wife

By Ulrica Wihlborg and Marla Lehner
Updated April 20, 2005 06:00 PM

Actor Benjamin Bratt and his wife of three years, Talisa Soto, are expecting their second child, due this fall, PEOPLE has learned.

The couple already have a daughter, Sophia, who is 2 1/2 years old.

Cast as lovers in 2001’s Pinero, Bratt, 41 and Soto, 38, began their romance when, both unattached, they met up for the movie’s premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival.

“It started as a friendship, and little by little, they found they had something in common,” Soto’s friend Nicky Corello told PEOPLE in 2002.

The couple wed in a small ceremony overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Bratt’s hometown of San Francisco on April 13, 2002. Before marrying Soto, the former Law and Order heartthrob dated Julia Roberts for four years. That ended in 2001.

Soto – a former model from Brooklyn who kicked off her movie career as a Bond girl in 1989’s Licence to Kill – was married to actor Costas Mandylor for three years.