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People: 'Law & Order: Svu' Star Christopher Meloni on Working with Mariska Hargitay

Afouda Bamidele
May 14, 2021
05:50 P.M.
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The renowned show "Law and Order" has always lived up to its hype. It has reintroduced two remarkable actors, Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay, who returned to the show.


After an abrupt departure from the show "Law and Order" for a long time, Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay, who played detective Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson, would be working together again as the two would be bringing their games back to the show.

The actors who played Detective Elliot and Olivia Benson for 12 seasons of "Law and Order" reunited on-screen during a crossover event for Meloni's new spinoff last month when he noted in an exclusive interview that they had reintroduced the two characters.

Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson, Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler on an episode of "Law & Order: SVU" | Photo: Getty Images


Talking about the characters, Meloni, 60, stated that there would be a lot of emotional and psychological unpacking to do between the two characters, and it is going to be complicated.

The "Oz" star further explained that Benson and Stabler would have a lot of understanding and healing to do first before things can go back to normal between the pair.


Meloni and Hargitay are not only partners on screen as the two also share a very close relationship offset. The two actors have been good pals for a while now, and Hargitay is even the godmother to Meloni's daughter.

Creator and executive producer of "Law and Order" franchise, Dick Wolf, has partnered with another excellent TV writer.


Their closeness off-screen made for better chemistry on the show, and they played partners who always had each other back for 12 years, and it was a devastating experience for Hargitay when Meloni left the show in 2011.

Hargitay stated in an interview that it was a really sad moment for her when Meloni had to leave the show, as they had started it together and also passed through so many milestones.


As they reunite for the show, the two reflected on their friendship, remembering the day they met on set. Meloni explained that he had been telling Hargitay a story and they were so engrossed in it that they couldn't stop even after they got up on stage.

Creator and executive producer of "Law and Order" franchise, Dick Wolf, has partnered with another excellent TV writer, CSI's Coral Mendelsohn to spearhead another extension of the renowned show.

Wolf noted that he is indeed very excited about the new show, as the show that played for the offense for the last 30 years would now play for the defense, and being able to do this with Mendelsohn is an honor and a good opportunity for the both of them.

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