‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’: Danielle Moné Truitt Opens Up on Relationship with Chris Meloni

by John Jamison

Stepping into the Law & Order franchise is a big deal for any actor, let alone a relatively inexperienced one. Danielle Moné Truitt was understandably intimidated when she first took on the role of Detective Ayanna Bell on Law & Order: Organized Crime. After all, replacing Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) as Elliot Stabler’s partner are some big shoes to fill. But Stabler actor Chris Meloni welcomed her with open arms, and the pair’s working relationship has been strong ever since.

Now, Danielle Moné Truitt has a fair amount of acting experience under her belt. She’s even portrayed a law enforcement officer before as sheriff’s deputy Charlie Minnick on the Fox series Deputy. But Chris Meloni has been playing Elliot Stabler on and off since 1998. Truitt’s stepped into his world for the first time ahead of Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 1. And the way she tells it, Meloni made her a member of the family.

“Chris has been really awesome since the onset. As soon as I found out I got the role, he texted me and was like, ‘Hey, can’t wait to meet you. Can’t wait to work with you. Welcome to the family.’ So that made me feel a little bit more peace about coming into this huge show. ‘Law & Order’ is like Law & Order, you know?” Truitt told StarryMag last week.

Oh, we know, Danielle. The franchise now spans more than 30 years and has had more series than can be counted on one hand. It really is enormous. Fortunately, veteran Chris Meloni knows the ropes. It likely helped that he was making a return to the franchise after a 10-year hiatus when the pair first started working together.

‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Stars Danielle Moné Truitt and Chris Meloni Have ‘Great Rapport’

So replacing Mariska Hargitay’s Olivia Benson as Elliot Stabler’s partner is an impossible task. Good thing that Hargitay is still going strong in her role over on SVU. The first two seasons of Law & Order: Organized Crime have made use of crossovers, putting Stabler and Benson together once again.

That has no doubt lessened some of the pressure on Truitt. But based on what we’ve seen thus far and her own thoughts on the matter, it may not be necessary. Meloni and Truitt have great chemistry.

“He’s so cool to work with. We have a really great rapport between the two of us, and he is a veteran actor, 20 years older than me. He’s been in the business much longer than me, so I glean as much as I can from him, and I love how we work together to make the scenes really great between the two of us. It’s really fun. It’s really great working with him,” Truitt continued in the interview.