‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Star Chris Meloni Said Holding Non-Acting Jobs Helped His Career

by Chase Thomas

Law & Order: Organized Crime star Chris Meloni is a busy man. Meloni was interviewed by Chazz Palminteri on his program, where the two veteran actors discussed a multitude of topics. Of those, a really interesting nugget stuck out and it had to do with Meloni’s start in show businesses.

Palminteri mentions that Meloni worked as a bartender and a bouncer when he was first starting out, something the two stars shared in their early years paying their dues as it were.

Meloni reflects on this period of his life fondly. He mentions that they “tell stories” fundamentally as actors. However, they need to have stories of their own to pull from. He recounted that time as really “living” life. It was hard, but he embraces the experience of hustling in that way to achieve his big-time dreams as an actor. Melon said, “And, so, you know, that just fuels what it is we do.”

‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Star Chris Meloni And His Old Co-Star

After paying his dues early on in his career as a bartender and a bouncer, Meloni landed an all-time great role as Stabler on Law & Order: SVU with Mariska Hargitay. The duo had instant on-screen chemistry which led to the Dick Wolf hit becoming an all-time classic on NBC for so many years.

It was all positive vibes on set for the duo right away. Hargitay has been on the show for twenty-plus years now, so she does not remember as much about the early days, but she does remember filming the pilot episode quite well. She remembers it in great detail about shooting in the “Meatpacking district” and spoke about that day fondly.

Hargitay said, “It was really hot and raining. She continued, “So we all had to wear baseball caps. I was going, ‘How lucky is this California girl to be shooting a television series in New York with this fantastic actor [Meloni] and fantastic crew!’

Years later, Hargitay remembers how hiding her pregnancy was handled on the show. She told Movie Webb, “I didn’t know what they were going to do. The show being what it is and the writing being what it is, I had utter trust that they would come up [with] an amazing sort of answer to it.” That’s how it has always been on Law & Order: SVU. It always worked out. They looked out for one another on the program.

She concluded, “It was actually really fun and really challenging to cover it up, and I think they handled it really well and really creatively.” Although the two longtime co-stars are no longer on the same program, they still remain, great friends, today, which is something you just love to see.