‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Peter Scanavino Opens Up About Carisi’s Desire to Prove His Worth to Former Mentor

by Megan Molseed

Some major storylines are underway in the Law & Order universe. And with these storylines come complications as former coworkers face-off in the courtroom in an upcoming Law & Order: Organized Crime and Law & Order: SVU crossover event.

As the second season of Law & Order: Organized Crime (OC) continues, Richard Wheatley will finally arrive in court where he will stand trial for his part in the death of Kathy Stabler.

As if this storyline isn’t emotional enough, the Law & Order showrunners had to do what they do best, adding some bigger, and much more personal, complications to the already very tense storyline. One of these new developments will pit Law & Order: SVU’s Dominic “Sonny” Carisi against his former mentor, Raphael Barba.

And, notes Peter Scanavino, the actor who portrays Sonny Carisi in the popular franchise, this is a daunting moment for the current Assistant District Attorney.

“It’s a big deal, you know what I mean,” Peter Scanavino tells TVLine in a recent interview.

“It’s a lot of responsibility,” the Law & Order: SVU star continues of his character going up against Raúl Esparza’s Raphael Barba in the courtroom as Wheatley stands trial.

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Scanavino also notes that Carisi’s role becomes extra complicated as other major players will have their eyes on Wheatley’s trial.

“He’s also co-chairing with [Bureau Chief Phillip] Baptiste, who’s from the Homicide Department,” Scanavino explains of the complicated trial. “So, he’s got his superior overseeing him and giving some pretty tough odds during the case.”

The Role May Be Challenging, But Carisi Is Up For the Task!

The thought of going up against Raphael Barba may be a daunting one for Carisi. However, Peter Scanavino says that Sonny will make the most out of the moment. The actor adds that Carisi has “always got something to prove in front of his former mentor.”

However, the Law & Order: SVU actor adds, this case brings with it a lot of “moving parts.”

And, Scanavino says, this could be a challenge for his character since he is brand-new to the Assistant District Attorney role.

“It really seems like one of those cases where there’s a lot of moving parts,” the actor notes. “Is Carisi up to deal with all those moving parts?”

“It’s a fast-moving case,” the actor adds.

“Sometimes, things drop out, and then it’s a challenge for him,” Scanavino continues. “I don’t think he’s taking it lightly.”