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Christopher Meloni Shares Story about Reuniting with Mariska Hargitay on 'Law & Order' Set

Monica Otayza
Mar 29, 2021
11:20 A.M.

Christopher Meloni opens up about reuniting with his "Law & Order" co-star Mariska Hargitay on set ten years after he first left the show. He now returns to the franchise after a spin-off focuses on his return to the NYPD.

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Christopher Meloni has nothing but love for Mariska Hargitay, whom he reunited with on set as he films the up-and-coming "Law & Order" season. While on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," Meloni gushed about his co-star.

As soon as the pair began working together again, it was effortless for both of them.

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The actors starred alongside each other for 12 years as famed detectives before Meloni left the show in 2011 after issues with his contract negotiations. When show host Jimmy Fallon asked if it was easy for the actor to return on the set of "Law & Order," he revealed that it wasn't. However, it all changed when he got to act with Hargitay.

"They have different actors and it's not my house, it's not my place, so I had no connection. But as soon as I got to act with Mariska, it was like yesterday."

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As soon as the pair began working together again, it was effortless for both of them, and their connection was seamless. Although they mess around with one another off-camera, when they started rolling, their chemistry was oozing.

Meloni reprises his role as Detective Elliot Stabler and is reuniting with Hargitay's Olivia Benson for an episode of the hit NBC drama. The episode is set to air before the premiere of the "Law & Order" spinoff, "Law & Order: Organized Crime," where Meloni's character is the main lead.

A portrait of some of the cast of "Law and Order: SVU" on set on November 22, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

A portrait of some of the cast of "Law and Order: SVU" on set on November 22, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

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The spin-off created by Dick Wolf will also star Dylan McDermott and Tamara Taylor. It follows Stabler's life, who returns to the NYPD to assist in taking down Manhattan's powerful crime syndicates. He aims to rebuild his life after a personal loss by joining the elite task force.

Although Meloni and Hargitay won't be working with one another many times as they are focused on different shows, it was great for fans to see them working alongside each other, even for just one episode. "Law & Order: Organized Crime" premieres on April 1.

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