WATCH: ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Mariska Hargitay Gives Melissa McCarthy a Gift from NYC Food Stand for Her 51st Birthday

by Anna Dunn

Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay and comedian Melissa McCarthy have an adorable friendship. Hargitay just posted a hilarious happy birthday video celebrating McCarthy’s 51st birthday. She filmed the video on the streets of NYC and had plenty of passersby join in on the fun.

“Today is a special special day and I’m out here celebrating in New York City. I’ve got a special present for you and I want to give it to you now Melissa because I love you,” Mariska says. She gets some food from a classic NYC food stand and then gets passerby to join in on celebrating the comedian’s birthday.

“Happy Birthday to a national treasure!” Hargitay wrote in the caption. You can check out the full video below.

Melissa McCarthy Recently Posted a Hilarious Video in Support of Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay is currently filming season 23 of Law & Order: SVU, but things haven’t been easy this year. In what must have been quite the fall, Hargitay injured her leg when rushing home from a premiere of Marvel’s Black Widow. The actress had to rest for a couple of weeks, and Melissa McCarthy posted a hilarious video of herself with a street sign asking people to honk for Mariska.

“Honk if you’re praying for Mariska Hargitay’s recovery!!!” the sign said.

McCarthy recently explained her move on The Tonight Show.

“[Mariska Hargitay’s] a really good texter and I’m terrible,” McCarthy said in the interview. “And she sent me a really funny text of like, ‘Oh, don’t worry. I’m just here in a lot of pain recovering. I guess you’re too busy to respond to my text.”

So that’s when McCarthy used her comedic genius to her advantage.

“So I was like, ‘OK, game on.’ So now I have to make it seem like this is why I didn’t get to you. Because I was petitioning for prayers,” she said.

Hargitay, of course, absolutely loved the gesture but had a few jokes of her own.

“If you can’t produce quality care for your friend after ankle surgery, the next best this is obviously standing outside Wienerschnitzel with a sign,” she wrote on Instagram.

You Can Catch Hargitay in the ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Season 23 Premiere

Law & Order: SVU season 23 premieres on Thursday, September 23rd on NBC. Right after SVU, you can catch Law & Order: Organized Crime starring Christopher Meloni as Elliot Stabler. The two shows are set to have more crossover events in the upcoming season.

And if you’re worried that Season 23 is somehow going to be the show’s last, don’t be. Deadline has reported previously that the show will at least go until season 24.

Considering how much Mariska Hargitay loves being on the show, it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon.