‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Gave Inside Scoop on How Cast Navigated Filming During Pandemic

by Megan Molseed

When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit, much of the world wasn’t sure how best to approach the necessary changes in order to stay safe and healthy. For months, the country was on hold due to the pandemic, unsure of when things would start returning to normal. This includes, of course, the filming of any new episodes for pretty much any television series. But, notes one former star of the hit NBC drama, Law & Order: SVU, the transition, while not easy, was done very well on set.

“I just really want to give a shout-out to Ken [Brown] and Mike [Ciliento], our producers who have really anchored our transition from the way things were to the way things are now in COVID,” says former Law & Order: SVU star Demore Barnes to StarryMag.

In 2021, after months of intense COVID-19 restrictions, the rules surrounding COVID-19 safety protocols began to loosen a bit. As these protocols loosened, the world began to slowly return to the “normal” that many of us had nearly forgotten. Of course, this took a lot of planning and adjustments, even for the behind-the-scenes moments on the set of Law & Order: SVU.

And, notes Law & Order: SVU star Demore Barnes, the cast and crew of the hit NBC series feel very fortunate to have strong leadership. Especially as they worked hard to navigate the brand-new way of operating on the set.

‘Law & Order: SVU’ Cast Worked Hard To Return To the Set Post-COVID

According to Barnes, the Law & Order: SVU cast and crew were fortunate on the set, even if it was “just in terms of the protocols and the testing and the timing with how we do things,” Barnes explains.

“Just with the innovation that they’ve demonstrated and the commitment to not only get the show running but to get it running safely,” the actor continues. “We’re so fortunate.”

Barnes also notes that with the way things were still quasi shut-down when he and his Law & Order: SVU coworkers returned to filming, they had no idea how the casts and crews of other television shows were handling the same challenges.

“I don’t know what other actors are experiencing on other sets,” Barnes explains. “Obviously, I could only speak to what I experience.”

And Barnes says the experience was a good one.

Well, as “good” as diligently working to keep up with COVID-19 protocols can be.

“I think a lot of that is because of the bang-up job that they’ve done,” Barnes notes. “We adjusted.”

Barnes goes on to explain that the adjusting piece of the equation was probably the most important in the entire scenario.

“As actors we adjusted very, very, quickly to the things that needed to happen,” the actor notes.

“That’s what actors do,” Barnes continues. “We dance and adapt when necessary.”