‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Kelli Giddish Said What Every Fan is Thinking When Asked Why Show is Successful

by Suzanne Halliburton

Kelli Giddish, who has been a part of Law & Order: SVU for the past decade, knows in her gut why the show resonates so well with viewers.

It’s because fans can empathize with the story lines. There’s truth and authenticity in each episode. Because sexual assault still is so wide spread in today’s society, we all know someone who has suffered from it.

“It’s crazy how prevalent this kind of crime is,” Giddish said last month in an interview with Smashing Interviews magazine. “To see us put a show on every week where something happens, and we go from the beginning and a middle to the end where a lot of times we get the bad guy, that just gives the audience a satisfaction and a chance for hope and renewal. I really don’t feel like it’s just a standard procedural show because of the subject matter.”

Giddish Said Law & Order: SVU Goes For the Gray Areas In a Case

Giddish said Law & Order: SVU doesn’t just hit at the obvious. “We deal with the gray areas where this side is right, and that side is right, and that’s a totally different case sometimes,” she told the magazine.

“But it’s not like a crime has been committed, and we know who the bad guy is, and let’s go get him kind of thing. A lot of times it’s gray like, “I don’t know who’s right here.” That’s another characteristic of our show. When that happens, it leaves you wondering like, “Huh.” It stays with you, and you kind of have to turn the subject matter over and over in your head, and it sticks with you.”

“I just know that the fans who come up to me, survivors or not and just say, “Thank you,” they mean it from the bottom of their hearts. That feels so good to be able to be on a show that they can watch with their grandmamas, their moms, their dads and their brothers.”

Show Celebrated 500th Episode with a 2021 Look Back at Old Benson Romance

Law & Order: SVU celebrated its 500th episode last month. And the plot still lingers. Giddish’s character, Amanda Rollins, took a backseat to the Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) story line. It basically put a 2021 lens on a Benson romance from when she was 16.

Aidan Quinn played Burton Lowe, Benson’s first love. He’s a wildly successful true crime writer and podcaster. Benson, briefly, rekindled her romance with him. But the first time she fell in love with Burton, she was 16 and he was 21. Statutory rape is a much bigger deal in 2021 than it was in the late 1970s, early 80s. Plus, Burton still likes younger women. In another time, people would refer to Burton as a ladies man. In 2021, powerful men shouldn’t be pursuing interns.

There’s a new Law & Order: SVU episode this Thursday. It’s called Nightmares in Drill City. And in this episode, Carisi, the assistant district attorney, asks the SVU for help with a murder investigation when one of the witnesses shows signs of abuse. Stick with Outsider for more details and stories about your favorite characters.