‘Law & Order: SVU’: Peter Scanavino Thinks Show Makes Actors Take a ‘Bigger Responsibility’

by Amy Myers

When it comes to portraying the jobs of law enforcement, the Law & Order: SVU stars don’t take this responsibility lightly. Peter Scanavino portrays Detective Dominick “Sonny” Carisi Jr. on the hit series, and like many of his co-stars, he works hard to ensure that he fulfills this role accurately.

As one of the most popular crime series to ever air on TV, Law & Order: SVU reaches millions of viewers each week. Oftentimes, the show will raise awareness about issues that victims regularly face, and so, Scanavino feels that he and the rest of the cast must remember the kind of impact their show can have on the public.

For this reason, Scanavino believes his job as an SVU castmate differs greatly from any other actor. In a recent interview, he explained that normally, an actor can leave his job at the set and not have to worry about it until the next day of shooting. But with SVU, it’s a different story.

“As an actor, you just wanna work and you get on the show and it’s a job,” the Law & Order: SVU star shared. “But this, this job comes with a bigger responsibility, and you kind of realize that the longer you’re on the show, the more you have people come up to you and tell you what the show has meant to them personally and how it’s changed their lives. And I think that’s something that a lot of actors don’t quite get.”

Listen to his full response below.

‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Finds Job ‘Very Rewarding’

Of course, with this “bigger responsibility” comes a bigger reward for the Law & Order: SVU cast members. Because of their ability to play their roles with accuracy and sensitivity towards victims, they’ve helped a lot of their fans in real life.

“So, you realize that there is a responsibility to do this show, to make sure you do it right and you take it seriously and you don’t take it lightly,” Scanavino said. “So, it’s different in that sense. But it’s also very rewarding to see the impact this has on people’s lives.”

Besides the cast’s dedication to the show, Scanavino believes that fans keep coming back to Law & Order: SVU each season because of another constant – the quality of the storyline. With 23 seasons now under its belt, the show has proven that it’s possible to keep fans’ excited each week, even after 500 episodes. Remarkably, both the actors and the writers help ensure a fresh storyline and perspective each time. While the writers bring light to exciting and complex cases, the actors reveal the personal sides of their characters.

The result of this combination is a quality crime show that has viewers invested in both the people and the problems that it tackles.