Former “Law & Order: SVU” star Danny Pino has found a home on the well-received “Sons of Anarchy” spinoff “Mayans M.C.” But that didn’t stop him from returning to his old stomping grounds to help Mariska Hargitay and company ring in their historic 500th episode.
NBC and Wolf Entertainment announced Pino’s return last week to the delight of Detective Nick Amaro fans everywhere. Pino portrayed the character from 2011 to 2015, appearing in nearly 100 episodes of the long-running procedural. The fact that he spent four years with “Law & Order: SVU” and participated in less than a fifth of the show’s episodes says a lot about the upcoming milestone.
But now that Danny Pino has returned to the fold, what are the chances he sticks around moving forward? Could Nick Amaro fans be so lucky?
TV Line asked him about his prospects on “Law & Order: SVU” beyond his single episode return.
“We have not had real conversations about it… I think that that is something that is probably better answered by [showrunner] Warren Leight,” said Pino.
The ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Alum Was Impressed By How Energized the Set Felt
23 seasons and 500 episodes are a remarkable feat. “Law & Order: SVU” is fast approaching soap opera territory in terms of its longevity. But more impressive is how much support the show continues to find as it pushes forward. People seem to love it. Why stop now?
For one, Detective Nick Amaro actor Danny Pino was blown away by the sheer excitement of everyone working on the show. He told the outlet that the feeling hadn’t changed much from the last time he was there.
“It’s amazing how much felt the same. It’s saying a lot to walk onto a set that has been working at such a high level for so long and to feel that same enthusiasm and commitment to the storytelling,” said Pino.
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to fans that Danny Pino puts that energy on the commitment of Olivia Benson actor Mariska Hargitay. For someone playing the same role since 1999, her continued dedication to “Law & Order: SVU” is awe-inspiring.
“That all really flows from Mariska, who is so incredibly connected and energized and committed to telling these stories still,” Pino continued.
The Nick Amaro Actor Felt Right at Home
It didn’t take long for Danny Pino to settle into his old Nick Amaro character.
“It hits pretty quickly. I mean, I happened to have the same dressing room that I had right before I left, and so that dropped me in pretty quickly. The physicality of the space is also very similar,” he said.
It had been five years since he entered the world of “Law & Order: SVU,” but he didn’t miss a beat.