‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Kelli Giddish Opens Up on Rollins Being Her Own Person

by Anna Dunn

Law & Order: SVU actress Kelli Giddish recently opened up about how Rollins is her own person. The actress has been playing Rollins for a while now. In an April interview with Cinemablend, she discusses how Rollins holds her own.

In the interview, Giddish was asked about what it was going to be like for Rollins with her dad in town and her sister not around to help out this time. For the Law & Order: SVU actress, this was a time for Rollins to demonstrate her ability to be her own person. Rollins has a very complex history with her father.

Her father used to abuse her mother. He then left Rollins and her family behind. Her father eventually came into town to re-unite Rollins with her sister before he overdosed. He later had a stroke. Rollins visited him in the hospital, and he eventually recovered.

“I think it helps. Yeah, I think it helps.” the actress said of her sister not being there this time. “She’s kinda having to put on her big girl panties and just take charge of the situation. There’s no one there to second-guess her or to be in the way, or anybody else to take care of except her dad who’s in an emergency situation. So it kind of clarifies things.”

It did allow Rollins to take a closer look at her tumultuous and complex relationship with her father.

Kelli Giddish finds the Romance Between Rollins and Carisi on ‘Law & Order: SVU’ ‘Strange’

While it may seem like Rollins is struggling to find people who have her back, Carisi definetly does. Carisi and Rollins finally kissed in the season 22 finale last spring. Now, in season 23, the two are in a full blown relationship.

In an interview with Smashing Interviews, Giddish admitted that playing out the relationship with co-star Peter Scanavino, however, feels a bit strange.

“It’s just so strange for us to be romantic on the show,” Giddish said. “But I think we both realize how much it means to the fans and how much it means to our characters. It seems so organic and so right that we’re willing to go for it even though we’re very good friends in real life.”

But she loves that the two are together, despite how strange it feels to act out the romance sometimes. She also thinks that with Rollins being a victim of assault, the relationship between Rollins and Carisi sends out an important message.

“There’s trust, there’s hope, there’s a deep, deep relationship if you can just keep going and believe it, believe in other people, believe in yourself and just keep going,” she said. “I think it’s a very important thing to be showing.”

Kelli Giddish, Peter Scanavino, Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, and plenty of other important cast members recently celebrated episode 500 of the show. If you want to catch the next one, you can tune into NBC on Thursday Nights.