‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Peter Scanavino Reveals His Reaction to Learning of Carisi and Rollins’ Kiss

by Anna Dunn

Law & Order: SVU star Peter Scanavino recently revealed how he felt when he learned Carisi and Rollins were finally going to kiss. Many fans know the show for the “will they won’t they” relationship with Benson and Stabler. However, Carisi and Rollins had a major will they or won’t they relationship until the season 22 finale, where they finally kissed at Totuola’s not wedding.

Now they have a secret relationship and seem to be pretty happy together. The season premiere saw them taking as many moments for each other as they could. When Scanavino read the script, he was really excited to see it. He felt it was a result of Carisi’s character development and described the kiss as “earned.”

“I remember reading the script, and then, at the end, it was ‘Rollins kisses Carisi,’ and I was like, ‘What?! Oh my God!’ [Laughs] I texted Kelli immediately and said, ‘We kiss in the next episode,’ which is weird, because Kelli and I are such good friends,” he told TV Line.

Kelli Giddish, who plays Rollins, has said something similar about how even though they’re actors, it’s sometimes strange to kiss her close friend. But she doesn’t mind, because their characters so clearly want to be together.

And Scanavino feels the same, and that this was a great direction for both characters to go in.

Scanavino was Excited to Give ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Fans Something Positive

“But it’s also this earned payoff of what they’ve been building over the past eight years…,” he said. “I like the direction that they went in. It didn’t feel forced to me. It felt very earned. So, yeah, I mean that was kind of my reaction. It was excitement, because it’s also character development, as well.”

He also likes it because it gives fans something pretty positive and fun to focus on in a very dark show. But their closeness also complicates their working relationship, because the stakes are so high for them. They both work very dangerous jobs, and because of that, they may lose each other.

“It’s them throwing you a bone, and it’s something that you get to focus on, you know, in the relationship outside of the squad. It just makes things more interesting, more dangerous, in a way. Like, there are all kinds of implications with this relationship. So, I was happy about it,” he said.

The fall finale of Law & Order: SVU will air Thursday and will probably have plenty of Rollins and Carisi moments. It airs at 9/8 central on NBC.

After the episode, you can keep watching for a crossover episode where Mariska Hargitay joins Law & Order: Organized Crime. In the episode, Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler work on a very personal case.