After secretly dating for a year, the All My Children costars eloped in Las Vegas on May 1, 1996. The newlyweds welcomed their first child, son Michael, in June 1997, followed by daughter Lola (born June 2001) and son Joaquin (born February 2003). "I was drawn to Mark because he was positively an alpha male, and I didn't think I would be drawn to that. But I just worship him," Ripa once told ELLE. "He makes me feel very safe."