‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Demore Barnes Reveals What First Day on Set with Mariska Hargitay Was Like

by Joe Rutland

When someone new like Demore Barnes joins “Law & Order: SVU,” there probably are some first-day jitters being around those cast members.

Barnes, who played Deputy Chief Christian Garland for two seasons, talked about that experience in an interview with Starry Magazine.

“Oh! Um, that’s a tough question because I think the fans of the show would resonate with the notion of each and every character who [is] currently on the show as bringing their own kind of unique special sauce,” Barnes said.

“One that I really wanted to really, really, work with? I really can’t answer that question!” he said laughing.

“I mean, it was exciting to work with…Well, my first day on set was with Mariska Hargitay and Ice-T and that was pretty thrilling,” Barnes said.

He also says that it was “exciting and a little nerve-wracking.

“I sort of show up finally in the SVU house,” he says. “And my nervousness was quickly allayed by both Ice and Mariska.”

He also said that “they couldn’t be more gracious or warmer and actually just remarkably down to earth.”

‘Law & Order: SVU’ Stars Barnes, Jamie Gray Hyder Written Out Of Show

What about his departure? Well, Deadline did report that “Law & Order: SVU” was writing off Barnes and Jamie Gray Hyder, who played Officer Kat Tamin, in its two-hour season 23 premiere in September. Hyder admits that she did not feel pleased by the decision. She confirms it in an Instagram post.

Hyder says the call was made “above (her) paygrade.” she adds that it “wouldn’t have been (her) choice.”

Barnes’ character was the first black man portraying a NYPD deputy chief. Hyder’s character was bisexual and the first LGBTQ character since B.D. Wong.

Also in an Instagram post, Barnes had some kind comments about his time on the long-running police drama.

“What I know is that it is almost every actor’s desired right of passage to appear on one episode of ‘SVU,’ and yet here I am,” Barnes says. “I’ve not only gone on to do more than one episode, but I know I’ve done it with style.

Actor Says In Instagram Post That He’s Proud To Help ‘Storied Franchise’ In Difficult Year

The actor also said he’s looking at work from the other side of facing “the minefield of COVID” with fellow actors.

Barnes says he is honored and proud to help “this storied franchise bridge its most difficult year in its record-breaking run, and that the show did it with style.”

“Law & Order: SVU” is in its Season 23 right now and can be seen on NBC at 9 p.m, Eastern, 8 p.m. Central, on NBC. It’s followed by another spin-off, “Organized Crime” starring Chris Meloni. Catch that show at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central.