‘Law & Order: SVU’: Mariska Hargitay Broke Down Olivia Benson’s Best and Worst Hairstyles

by Joe Rutland

Fans who have watched Law & Order: SVU for many seasons have seen Mariska Hargitay’s hairstyles change. Which ones did she like?

Let’s see what the Olivia Benson actress had to say.

Her comments come from an interview with TV Insider.

“Like any woman, Olivia is trying to find the hairstyle that fits her life,” Hargitay said. “I stand behind all my hairdos, except maybe three. [Laughs] After one shoot, the hairdresser, who was French, wanted to trim my hair.

“So he’s drinking wine and cutting, and when I looked up from my magazine, I just went, ‘This is not good,'” she said. “(Law & Order: SVU creator) Dick (Wolf) told me he was going to fire me. I cried so hard, like, ‘You’re blaming me?’

“It went on for two weeks; then he said, ‘There’s no crying in television,’ and we moved past it,” Hargitay said.

Well, it’s a good thing they moved past it as she has been the defining influence, along with Ice T, on the show’s cast.

Benson and Fin, Ice-T’s character, have been on the show longer than any current cast member.

SVU is on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central, NBC. Much like last season, it is the lead-in for Law & Order: Organized Crime, which stars Chris Meloni. Both shows were back-to-back last season, too, on the Thursday night schedule.

‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Has Been Emmy Regular, But How Many Has She Won?

Hargitay definitely has proven her worth when it comes to awards and SVU.

She has found herself among nominees for Primetime Emmy Awards in her career.

Now, the question is how many has she won?


That’s right, Outsiders. Hargitay won it in 2006 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

What about other awards? Hargitay has a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Drama in 2005, and a Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Female Lead in a Drama Series in 2009.

“It’s gratifying to play such a complex character,” Hargitay said in an interview with the Television Academy. “Olivia is not only an accomplished, street-smart cop, she’s also an empathetic woman who can respond emotionally to victims of terrible crimes without compromising her professionalism.”

But don’t think that Hargitay doesn’t take those issues which her character faces personally.

She created the Joyful Heart Foundation, which heals, educates, and empowers survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault.

Hargitay also testified before Congress to encourage lawmakers to address the backlog of untested rape kits in the United States. She went one more step by starting up the website endthebacklog.org. This is the first website that has ever been dedicated to this topic.