Hargitay’s Olivia Benson and Meloni’s Elliot Stabler built up A LOT of sexual tension during their 12 years on the air together. When Meloni left the franchise, fans believed their favorite almost-couple would never get together on the show.
But after a 10-year hiatus, Melni returned as Stabler in a surprise cameo on “Law & Order: SVU.” Hargitay also made an appearance as Benson on Meloni’s spin-off series, “Law & Order: Organized Crime.” Now, as both shows get ready for new seasons to premiere this fall, the actors are teasing a real possibility of a “Bensler” relationship.
“It’s undefinable, but you know it when you feel it,” Meloni told TV Insider about the characters’ chemistry. “For me personally, one of its main cornerstones is humor.”
Hargitay added, “I think the mutual love, respect, chemistry, and trust between these two characters creates a unique bond.”
That bond has a better chance to flourish after a 10-year break, in the actors’ opinions. The two characters have followed different paths, grown into slightly different people, during their time away. Meloni believes that “Organized Crime” also allows them to explore “deeply emotional and deeply connected scenes that were not part of our [original] relationship on ‘SVU.'”
“Everyone is working very hard,” Meloni said, “to create an authentic, satisfying and difficult journey for these two people.”
Well, hopefully not too difficult. They’ve already been keeping fans on their toes for 20 odd years. Plus, Hargitay and Meloni have been teasing fans all summer with steamy on-set pics. The “Law & Order: Organized Crime” star posted a pic of the co-stars almost kissing on Twitter earlier. He captioned it, “Rehearsing,” sending fans into a frenzy.
‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Mariska Hargitay Celebrates Foot Recovery with Chris Meloni
In July, “Law & Order SVU” star Mariska Hargitay suffered a hard fall that broke her ankle. She slipped on a wet sidewalk while rushing home from a “Black Widow” screening, trying to get ready for the after-party she and her husband were hosting. But an ambulance soon carted Hargitay away, and doctors put her in a boot for the foreseeable future.
Now, the boot’s come off, and Hargitay’s ready to party once again.
The “Law & Order” actress shared a stunning throwback picture on Instagram to celebrate her new freedom of movement. The pic features co-star Chris Meloni, who holds Hargitay in a sexy dance pose. Legs for days, anyone?
But most telling are Hargitay’s hashtags, which read, “#WednesdayMood #FootlooseAndFancyFree #AlwaysInSync #BenSler #Takes2ToTango #DetectivesWhoDance #DetectivesInLove.” Another spoiler alert for a Benson and Stabler relationship? We’re here for it.