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‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Mariska Hargitay on Knee Injury: ‘Four Months of Hell’

by Chris Haney
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During a recent interview, Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay shared an update about her knee injury she sustained last year.

While on vacation with friends in 2020, Hargitay hurt her knee, but ignored it at first. While talking to Glamour recently, she revealed that she put off seeking treatment for the knee injury. In fact, she continued to work through the pain instead of going to a doctor.

In addition, Hargitay fell and broke her ankle not long after in 2020 at the Black Widow movie premiere. She eventually had to deal with both injuries and finally got medical treatment for each. Her good friend and fellow actress Brooke Shields is who finally convinced her to seek treatment. Hargitay told the outlet she went through four months of hell before recovering.

“It was really rough, four months of hell,” Hargitay told Glamour this week. “And I kept saying, as I do about everything, ‘What does this mean? Why is this happening, and what is my responsibility in it?’ And that was the lesson about learning to not push through and to listen to our body. And that’s been a really profound lesson for me, listening to our gut-because that’s our superpower.”

In the same interview, Glamour spoke to the Law & Order star’s friend Brooke Shields as well. The actress joked that she must have it out for Mariska since she was ironically present both times she injured herself. However, Shields also praised her dear friend for her strength and for how she faced the adversity of her injuries.

“If anything, it gets harder the longer you’re on it. This type of longevity is very rare,” Shields told Glamour. “She’s incredibly loyal, and she really makes things important to you a priority. She’s never not available to you, never not the first one to celebrate the women in her life. It’s not about competition; she is a girl’s girl, but she doesn’t compete with her girlfriends. And she can hang with the husbands and be hysterical. She can banter.”

‘Law & Order: SVU’ Actress Said She Learned From Early Age How to Keep Going In Life

Later on in the interview, the longtime Law & Order actress spoke about early childhood trauma. She said it helped teach her at a very young age how to keep going in life. Her mother, Hollywood star Jayne Mansfield, passed away in a car wreck when Hargitay was only three years old. Mansfield’s young daughter was present during the crash in the backseat of the car.

“I think I learned about crisis very young,” Hargitay explained. “And I learned very young that shit happens and there’s no guarantees, and we keep going. And then we transform it. That’s been kind of my superpower, and the gift of having trauma early in life. I’ve spent the last 50—how old am I?—57, so 54 years sort of trying to figure out what happened and why, and what am I supposed to do with it?”