‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Mariska Hargitay Loves Her ‘Fans’ on Set of Season 23

by Joe Rutland

While “Law & Order: SVU” star Mariska Hargitay is busy filming episodes for Season 23, she received some support from her “fans.”

You might be thinking, “Of course, we Outsiders are fans of the show. We support it.” Well, Hargitay thought she’d provide some tongue-in-cheek humor on Thursday.

Take a look at what the “Law & Order: SVU” star shared through her Instagram account.

Those “fans” are working hard to keep Hargitay cool. Anyway, she comes back in her role as Captain Olivia Benson this fall.

Hargitay, who will be busy with her show, also has been shooting some “crossover” scenes with Christopher Meloni.

Longtime “Law & Order: SVU” fans know Meloni played Detective Elliot Stabler for 12 seasons before leaving the show. Obviously, he’s back in the fold playing Stabler but on another “Law & Order” spinoff called “Organized Crime.”

That show enters its second season and will air right after “SVU.” Fans can watch “Law & Order: SVU” at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central. Then, “Law & Order: Organized Crime” will air at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central on Thursday nights.

Meloni Recalled His Troubling Time On ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Set

Just after Meloni left “Law & Order: SVU,” he was interviewed about what it was like for him on the set. It wasn’t always happy for him as Meloni recalled.

Meloni told The Arizona Republic in 2014 that the pressure of doing the show left him “tightly wound.”

“Doing the ‘SVU’ gig … I was tightly wound,” he said. “That was difficult material, day in and day out for 12 years, and the hours were pretty brutal.

“I remember after six months — and it’s a nine-month season — after six months I’d be toast, more liquid than solid, and you really, truly need a month to decompress, six weeks,” Meloni said. “So you would have maybe a month off where you’ve found yourself again, and then you’d have to go back into production.”

While someone who leaves a show like Meloni did with “Law & Order: SVU,” sometimes fans might hold it against the actor. Meloni and NBC could not reach a deal over a new contract and he walked. But this show’s fans were a little different when it came to his return as Stabler in “Organized Crime.”

“In television, when somebody leaves, obviously there’s a grieving period, but the fans never moved on,” Hargitay told People this year. “And I think that is just so incredibly beautiful and so incredibly powerful.”

By the way, when Hargitay is talking about “fans” here, she’s actually talking about viewers. Not the “fans” that were keeping her cool on the set as in the photo up above.