‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Star Chris Meloni Takes ‘Nice Stroll Down Memory Lane’ Thanks to Incredible Fan Video

by Chase Thomas

Chris Meloni has been in this acting business for a long time, did you know? One fan, in particular, knows all too well and created a video highlighting all kinds of moments from Meloni’s acting career that you just know warmed the Law & Order: Organized Crime actor’s heart.

He said of the video, “Well thank you. That was a nice stroll down memory lane #appreciated.”

One of the films highlighted in the clip was the hit Julia Roberts film Runaway Bride. Meloni was kind of a surprise for this kind of romantic comedy role based on how he had been cast in the past. You did not expect to see him opposite Richard Gere, and neither did the director. He said, “I’d only seen him shoot people.” Based on his previous on-screen roles.

He continued, “I didn’t know he had a comic side.” This was something fans saw a lot of later on in his career, especially in Wet Hot American Summer. Runaway Bride offered Meloni a unique opportunity to showcase his broad range outside of the character that folks had come to expect in roles like Law & Order: SVU.

Speaking of ‘Law & Order: SVU’

Meloni and his relationship with Mariska Hargitay is one of the more heartwarming stories in Hollywood. The longtime co-stars on the NBC drama have also remained longtime friends over the years. Even after Meloni left the show. Their bond is strong. Meloni said of Hargitay, “I have been trusted with one task tonight — introduce someone who needs no introduction, who I’ve been working with for 13 years, and been friends with for 22.”

He continued, “Because tonight, I am here to right a wrong that has festered for far too long. Twenty years ago an interviewer asked me about Mariska, and I said, ‘She has great energy.’”

On the surface, it certainly seemed like Meloni was being kind and thoughtful about Mariska. However, Mariska saw it differently. She did not like how he described her and made sure to let him know about it. Meloni said,“She read the article, she brought it to me in hair and makeup, she goes, ‘What is this?’ I go, ‘What do you mean? You have great energy.’ She goes, ‘You don’t say someone has great energy, because what that means is you have nothing nice to say about them, you have nothing original or truthful, you might as well say I have a great personality.’”

This was a hilarious and interesting way to consider the comment. Did Mariska have a point here? By using those adjectives are you dancing around how you really feel about someone? Either way, the two moved past the comment and are still close friends today.