‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Peter Scanavino Says His Lawyer Character Misses Being a Detective

by Kati Michelle

When Peter Scanavino’s Carisi character announced that he’d be turning in his badge for a briefcase and transitioning to a different side of the law, it almost felt like a betrayal for the fans and squad of “Law & Order: SVU.” But over time, fans started to enjoy watching Carisi follow in Raphael Barba’s footsteps. And he was actually decent at the job, too.

Now, thanks to Peter Scanavino, we’ve got some fresh insight into the psyche of his character and how he thinks Carisi has actually dealt with such a big transition. The star reveals that his lawyer character actually misses being a detective. Here’s what he told TV Insider.

The ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Talks About What Carisi Misses Most

Oftentimes, the lawyers and the squad on “Law & Order: SVU” have the same goal in mind. They want to nab the bad guys. The thing is, their playbooks and rules look a little different. At least, that’s how Peter Scanavino sees the differences between his Carisi character’s time as a detective versus an ADA. And here’s how he breaks it down:

“I think part of [him] does probably miss being a detective. It was just clearer…not as political. It was just, this is my job,” Scanavino starts off. “I think as a lawyer, he’s got to deal with a lot of other people that he might disagree with, but he still has to go forward and do it.”

He then goes into more detail:

“As a police officer or detective, he was just there to investigate, investigate, investigate, find the truth to what’s going on, and being a lawyer it’s not quite as black and white as that,” he adds. “It’s much grayer, and sometimes he has to do things that he disapproves of, and that’s just the nature of the job. So I think that part of being a lawyer, he’s not crazy about, but he’s coming to terms with it.”

Peter Scanavino Calls His Co-Star a ‘Handsome Devil’

While Peter Scanavino’s Instagram account is pretty much dormant, the “Law & Order: SVU” star does occasionally take to Twitter to connect with fans (and co-stars). In a recent tweet, he calls his Octavio Pisano co-star a “handsome devil.”

You can catch the original tweet and reply here:

Octavio Pisano plays rookie Joe Velasco on the show and a lot of the fans seem to agree with Scanavino’s assessment. A Reddit thread recently drew comparisons of Pisano to John Travolta’s “Grease” character and it’s gaining traction by the minute. If you’ve got chills that are multiplying, you can catch that piece over here.

Both “SVU” and “Organized Crime” return to NBC on January 6th.