‘Law & Order: SVU’: Rollins Actor Kelli Giddish Hilariously Details How Her Kids Feel About Her Fame

by Suzanne Halliburton

Kelli Giddish has to break it down in little boy terms to explain to her sons what mommy does on Law & Order: SVU.

Fans know her as Rollins, a character who has worked side-by-side with Mariska Hargitay’s Olivia Benson since season 13 of Law & Order: SVU. But you can’t quantify that success in adult terms when talking to a six-year-old and his brother, who turns three this month.

“My sons know that people in the grocery store really like me,” Giddish told Smashing Interviews magazine last month to help preview Law & Order: SVU season 23.

“They’re like, “Okay. They want your picture.” My oldest son has his favorite TV shows, so I’m like, “Well, just imagine meeting the Red Ranger in the grocery store and how excited you would be.” He says, “Okay. Cool.” So the older one knows I play a cop on TV, and that’s about as much as he knows. But then he’s been to work and seen mommy’s work family.

So in her kids’ eyes — that would be Ludo and Charlie — she’s as cool and significant as a character on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Outsiders, I think there’s consensus that Rollins rocks at least as much as a Power Ranger.

Hopefully, Giddish’s Kids Aren’t Allowed to Watch What Mommy Does on Law & Order: SVU

We’re hoping Giddish doesn’t allow her kids to watch the show, or at least certain episodes of Law & Order: SVU. Last week’s episode, called They’d Already Disappeared, was super creepy. And Rollins was right in the middle of the horror.

The episode started with a frantic sister going to the Law & Order: SVU offices. She was worried about her sister, who’d left her a freaked out voice mail the night before. Now, the sister was missing. The sister also was a homeless sex worker who dated men for drug money. If she turned up missing, how many people would care? Another woman went missing, too.

Rollins and Velasco went to the local police precinct to see if any other women were missing. An officer slipped them a file of unsolved cases. A visit with the medical examiner revealed that there were more dead women he was trying to identify from the past decade.

Rollins and Velasco found a locked up warehouse. The skateboarders out front said a vampire lives in the building. Actually, it was a serial killer who worked from there. The killer murdered the women, then turned their bodies into mummies. He’d been doing that for at least a decade. The killer, a carnival worker, bought space heaters from Home Depot to help with the process and set traps to keep the rats away. Until Rollins and Velasco discovered the horrors inside, no one knew what was going on.

There’s also a new Law & Order: SVU episode this Thursday. It’s called Nightmares in Drill City. And in this episode, Carisi asks the SVU for help with a murder investigation when one of the witnesses shows signs of abuse.

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