Drama isn’t something you really hear about when it comes to the set or cast and crew of “Law & Order: SVU,” especially when it comes to Mariska Hargitay. Chris Meloni and the rest of her co-stars have only ever described her as a “force for good” and even a “jokester” on set. But what happens when you mess with the mama bear?
Though she has children of her own, “Law & Order: SVU” could certainly be seen as one of Mariska Hargitay’s babies too. She’s been with the show since its premiere back in ’99. Not only does she act, but she also wears an Executive Producer hat nowadays. She and the rest of the cast/crew were in the middle of filming in a public NYC Park when one man continuously interrupted their shot. Here’s how Mariska Hargitay handled things.
Mariska Hargitay Shows Grace While Confronting Agitator
“Law & Order: SVU” is based out of the NYPD’s 16th precinct in Manhattan, which means filming actually takes place in New York. During a recent filming day, one heckler on the street attempted to disrupt the filming process. Allegedly, the man kept trying to sing as soon as “action” was called and the man ignored several pleas from various cast members to remain quiet.
Eventually, Mariska confronted the agitator. Instead of raising her voice or showing any signs of frustration herself, she remained calm and polite. “Your singing was beautiful,” she told him. “But we’re just trying to get the shot. Is it okay if you don’t sing when we say ‘action’?”
olivia benson talking to someone trying to disrupt filming pic.twitter.com/wlO5xNprpI— ale (@mayfielms) November 30, 2021
Fans at the scene were taken away by the star’s grace, as were the showrunners. One of the showrunners, Warren Leight, took to Twitter to write: “What other #1 on the call sheet could do this?”
Words of Wisdom From the ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star
The Queen Bee. A Boss. Whatever you want to call her, Mariska Hargitay connects to fans in a way that most celebrities can’t. And like her Ice-T costar, Harigtay also drops some knowledge bombs from time to time across her various social media platforms. One of the most recent Instagram posts from the star holds a message for anyone working on their self-esteem. It simply states “It’s a full-time job believing in yourself. No days off.” Boom. Mic Drop.
Check it out:
Adorably, her on-screen son played by 11-year-old Ryan Buggle actually commented on the photo himself saying “okay okay okay I believe!”
And at the end of the day, that’s just a testament to the longevity and authenticity of the show’s entire cast.