‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Mariska Hargitay Stuns in Fourth of July Selfie

by John Jamison

In honor of America’s birthday, longtime “Law & Order: SVU” star Mariska Hargitay took to Instagram and posted a casual selfie.

The actress looks incredibly relaxed in the photo. She appears to be taking some time to lie down, which is a necessary part of any Independence Day festivities. And the picture is so close to being perfectly themed in terms of color.

She has a blue background, a white top, and is only missing a touch of red to really pull the whole thing together. But the message is what counts, so we’ll let her slide on this one.

“absolutely stunning, mariska! i hope you had a great day,” wrote one of her fans.

“You are beautiful! I hope you’ve had an amazing 4th of July weekend!” another added.

The “Law & Order: SVU” star has over 2.2 million followers on Instagram at present. And she uses the site as a way to interact with her fans. In May, she made a post recognizing the story of a girl named Alyssa, who used information from watching “SVU” to thwart a would-be kidnapper.

“Alyssa, first and most important, I am so relieved and grateful to know that you are safe. And I am so honored to be part of your incredible story. You are one BRAVE, Strong and Smart young woman,” part of Hargitay’s caption read.

And more timely, Hargitay used her platform to voice her anger about the release of comedian Bill Cosby from prison.

The ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star and Her Relationship with Christopher Meloni

For years on “Law & Order: SVU,” Hargitay’s Olivia Benson and Christopher Meloni’s Elliot Stabler were partners. They spent so much time together at work that they couldn’t but develop a friendly relationship with each other.

In an interview with People, Hargitay talked about how having Christopher Meloni as a friend and colleague makes her feel.

“There was so much shorthand between us, which all goes back to the trust we have,” Hargitay said. “[Meloni’s] always made me feel like I could just hump off the ledge, the cliff, the bridge, and he would catch me, in so many ways, whether it was comedy or acting or friendship.”

Meloni, who is now playing the lead role on “Law & Order: Organized Crime” after a decade-long hiatus from the procedural’s universe, made his first return appearance on an episode of “SVU.” Mariska Hargitay is approaching 500 total episodes on the show, and she continues to play the role of Benson with her fans in mind. Meloni’s return gave fans a much-anticipated reunion between the two iconic characters.