‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Believes That Show’s Characters Have Two Lives

by Suzanne Halliburton

When you tune into Law & Order: SVU, you usually want to see the crime of the week and how it’s solved.

But in the show’s 23 seasons, you also get a dash of something else — a glimpse of the character’s personal lives. It might be just a weekly detail, or it could be an entire storyline. But you end up knowing something more about characters like Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) or Peter Scanavino’s Carisi.

Back in 2015, Scanavino talked about the characters personal lives. They give Law & Order: SVU another layer of story-telling, which goes beyond the basic headline.

“It’s interesting because I think once you’re in this business and I mean the justice business—police, law enforcement, the law—you have these kind of lives,” Scanavino told The Knockturnal.

“You have your own personal lives and then you have your work life and to a lot of people, those two are one thing,” the Law & Order: SVU star said. “But like, how do you solve a murder case and then go to your kid’s birthday party? You have to have some kind of division and I think there’s some kind of set up on this show—we can have the millionaire of each episode and be a grander narrative of the character.”

Scanavino plays the assistant district attorney assigned to the Special Victims Unit. And his story line has some spice to it because of his dalliance with Kelli Giddish’s Amanda Rollins.

Fans of Law & Order: SVU love Carisi and Rollins as a couple. They even have a social media hashtag — Rollisi. But fans are pondering whether there’s trouble ahead for the couple. TV Line reported late last month that Donal Logue is returning to Law & Order: SVU to reprise his role as Lt. Declan Murphy. He played the character for seasons 15, 16 and 17. In the upcoming episode, Murphy finished his undercover assignment. And then he asks Benson and the SVU detectives for help. Murphy and Rollins had a relationship. He’s the father of Rollins’ oldest daughter, Jessie.

And if Murphy isn’t enough to bounce Rollisi, the appearance of Sgt. Khaldun could do it. Ari’el Stachel played Khaldun in three episodes during seasons 21 and 22. He, too, was a Rollins’ love interest. His last appearance was April 8 in the episode Welcome to the Pedo Hotel. Khaldun did some undercover work with Rollins. As part of their cover, the two played lovers. Khaldun wanted that role outside of the undercover work.

After a three-week break, Law & Order: SVU returns this Thursday. And there will be more personal details revealed in the crossover episode with Law & Order: Organized Crime. After all, Christopher Meloni stars as Elliot Stabler. And every fan wants to know if Benson and Stabler ever will get together.