‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Kelli Giddish is ‘So Grateful’ Show Portrays One Aspect of Rollins

by Jennifer Shea

“Law & Order: SVU” star Kelli Giddish is grateful for supportive co-stars. And one supportive co-star in particular: Peter Scanavino, who plays Carisi on the show.

In an April interview with CinemaBlend, Giddish held forth about Rollins’ maturation through her friendship with Carisi. She said it’s rare for television shows to portray deep friendships like the one between Rollins and Carisi on “Law & Order: SVU.”

“It’s a developed, hard-won friendship,” Giddish said. “I think Carisi is the first person that Rollins calls or leans on or depends on throughout the tumult of being a working mom in New York and working on Special Victims and having a not-so-normal job. And, you know, her kids love him and it’s a deep friendship. And I’m so grateful that we get to portray that, on screen and any moments that they give us to kind of flesh that out are just so easy to play with, with Peter.”

Rollins and Carisi: Getting Serious?

Many “Law & Order: SVU” fans wanted to see Rollins and Carisi in a serious romantic relationship. And after many ups and downs – Carisi interrupting Rollins and Amaro mid-private chat, Carisi telling Rollins he’s seeing someone – they are now getting there.

“It’s just so strange for us to be romantic on the show,” Giddish told Smashing Interviews magazine recently. “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.”

Watch a clip of Rollisi taking things seriously here:

Carisi Was There for Rollins on Earlier Episodes of ‘Law & Order: SVU’

When Rollins’ dad had a stroke and she had to start taking care of him, who was there for her yet again? Carisi. Giddish said their friendship on “Law & Order: SVU” helped her character cope with that humbling universal moment when you have to take care of your own parents, who once took care of you.

“Now to have her dad who she doesn’t really trust as being completely the most sane person in the world – now to have him, you know, she’s taking care of him,” Giddish told CinemaBlend. “It makes for an interesting episode to see Rollins see that role and have to accept that role. And of course, Carisi is there to help her, help her through the emotions of that.”

It remains to be seen where the Rollins-Carisi romance will go, but “Law & Order: SVU” fans are clearly pulling for the couple, whose relationship is built on so many years of friendship. Fans can only hope the writers don’t decide to tear them apart just for the drama of it.