July 24, 2008 12:30 PM

Actor Benjamin Bratt is known to audiences for his roles on television and movies, but the 44-year-old is glad to be trading the big screen for the small one in the new drama The Cleaner.  Not that the former Law & Order star doesn’t love doing movies, but he knows that he "cannot be a great husband and father — especially the father of a child with special needs" unless he is home, and his new series is giving him that opportunity. 

Benjamin and his wife Talisa Soto‘s daughter Sophia Rosalinda, 5 ½, suffered a brain injury during her birth, which resulted in the little girl having physical disabilities. Benjamin shared that what he and Talisa "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."  After the couple "educated ourselves and assembled the best team of therapists we could," Sophia has made great progress and Benjamin shared that she "understands everything, she’s quick to laugh, she’s loving and a physically beautiful child."  A big help to Sophia, who "clearly doesn’t want to be left behind," is her younger brother Mateo Bravery, 2 ½, who "encourages her" and "pushes her along."  She is now ready for her next challenge — school.

Now she’s about to start kindergarten. It makes us fearful and excited at the same time.

Source: The Boston Globe; Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty.

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