Date: 25th February 2002
Hunky actor BENJAMIN BRATT doesn't miss his superstar ex JULIA ROBERTS - because he's so happy with his new love. The pair split up soon after Julia's Oscar win for Erin Brockovich (2000) last year (2001), and Benjamin, 38, soon discovered new love - with a very old friend. When the Piņero (2001) star ran into former Bond girl TALISA SOTO after 10 years, the sparks flew.
Bratt reveals, "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. "