‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Kelli Giddish Finds Carisi-Rollins Romance ‘Strange’

by Amy Myers
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Even though Law & Order: SVU actors Kelli Giddish and Peter Scanavino portray Rollisi with steamy perfection, the romance between the co-stars doesn’t come naturally. Onset, Amanda Rollins and Sonny Carisi are still an undercover couple, sharing passionate kisses and knowing looks when no one’s watching.

Fans waited all-too-long for Rollisi to finally become official. Now, each time we get another dose of the two new lovebirds together, it seems to validate the fact that the two detectives are right for each other. However, when the cameras aren’t rolling, Giddish explained that the magic between hers and Scanavino’s character takes a lot of work.

During her conversation with Smashing Interviews Magazine, the Law & Order: SVU star admitted that having to portray the relationship with Scanavino was “strange.”

“It’s just so strange for us to be romantic on the show,” Giddish explained. “But I think we both realize how much it means to the fans and how much it means to our characters. It seems so organic and so right that we’re willing to go for it even though we’re very good friends in real life.”

Despite the initial jitters, the Law & Order: SVU detective recognizes that Carisi is exactly the man that Rollins needs in her life, especially as an assault victim. Giddish explained that the audience, too, needed to see “someone that cares about her so much” with Rollins.

“There’s trust, there’s hope, there’s a deep, deep relationship if you can just keep going and believe it, believe in other people, believe in yourself and just keep going. I think it’s a very important thing to be showing,” the Law & Order: SVU star said.

‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Kelli Giddish Likens Romantic Moments with Peter Scanavino to ‘Kissing Your Brother’

The reason Law & Order: SVU star Kelli Giddish finds it so difficult to be romantic on set with co-star Peter Scanavino is because the two have become such close friends off-air. Now that the two have developed such a great friendship, it’s a bit harder to pretend that there’s a spark between them.

Still, the two are just as dedicated to their roles and the couple as ever and are more than capable of putting aside any “awkward” feelings.

“I think we both have such a strong feeling about what it should be between them. I think it’s easy for us to know what it should be. It’s still awkward though. It’s almost like kissing your brother,” the Law & Order: SVU star shared. “But it’s so important for us to honor that relationship. I think we’re willing to go past that and say, “Okay. This is such a great thing for these characters, for our audience and for the fans of the show.”