‘Law & Order: SVU’: Mariska Hargitay Shares Behind-the-Scenes Pic as Show Enters Long Break

by Chris Haney

On Thursday night, Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay shared a behind-the-scenes photo from the show as the series heads into their holiday break.

Hargitay has played Olivia Benson on the hit NBC drama since its debut in 1999. Ever since the series premiere that September, fans have fallen in love with the show in large part due to Hargitay’s role. She plays a hard-nosed detective within the NYPD’s Special Victims Unit. The unit investigates crimes of a sexual nature, which often involve murder cases.

As much as fans adore the NBC series, it’s that time of season where the show’s absence will leave a void in their TV viewing. Like many shows, Law & Order: SVU will take a mid-season break through the holiday season until the new year. The new episode hiatus has been part of television schedules for years, and one that fans often dread. But this year there seems to be a slight change to the Law & Order: SVU schedule.

Last week, Season 23, Episode 8 aired on Thursday night like normal. However, Episode 9 isn’t coming for a while. According to On The Flix, NBC confirmed that the next new episode will now air in three weeks on Dec. 9.

It’s likely the series will then return in 2022, so don’t get your hopes up about further new episodes this year. At least Hargitay is leaving fans with a candid still shot from Episode 9 in a new Instagram post from earlier tonight.

“Thursday night on the job,” the Law & Order: SVU star wrote before adding a series of hashtags. “#CaptainBenson #LightsCameraCaptain #Badge #honeybadger #BadassBenson #GettingItDone #Werk #Boss.”

‘Law & Order’ Writers Once Worked Around Hargitay’s Absence

Speaking of breaks from the show, the Law & Order: SVU main character once missed several episodes, but some fans may not know the reason for her absence. Mariska Hargitay has led the show faithfully since 1999 as previously mentioned, but missed time in Season 8.

That’s because Hargitay took a well-deserved break from filming the NBC drama before giving birth to her first child. In June 2006, Hargitay and her husband, Peter Hermann, welcomed their baby to the world. In fact, production had to cover up the actress’s pregnancy by using some Hollywood magic leading up to her absence to give birth.

Some scenes can be adjusted and certain camera angles can be utilized to cover up a woman’s pregnancy. But for the writers of a show, there can be some difficulties when a lead actress is absent altogether. Yet the writer’s room made sure to accommodate their star so she could be with her family during that special time. Hargitay had full faith in the show’s writers and thinks they handled it in a creative way that worked well for all involved.

“I didn’t know what they were going to do. The show being what it is and the writing being what it is, I had utter trust that they would come up [with] an amazing sort of answer to it,” Hargitay said in an interview with Movie Web in 2007 “It was actually really fun and really challenging to cover it up, and I think they handled it really well and really creatively.”