WATCH: Melissa McCarthy Explains Hilarious Story Behind ‘Praying’ Sign for ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Mariska Hargitay

by Samantha Whidden

Just days after Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay suffered an injury to her right ankle after falling during the premiere of Black Widow, Melissa McCarthy took it upon herself to send a heartfelt message to her friend in one of the sweetest and hilarious ways possible. Now, McCarthy is ready to share all the deals about that adorable moment.

During her appearance on The Tonight Show last night (August 16th), Melissa McCarthy opened up about the supportive gesture, which included a song that read, “Honk if you’re praying for Mariska Hargitay’s recovery!!!” 

“[Mariska Hargitay’s] a really good texter and I’m terrible,” McCarthy declares. She also recalls how she found out that Hargitay was injured. “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.”

McCarthy then states upon reading that text, she stepped up her friend game by really showing her support for Mariska Hargitay. “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.”

The Bridesmaids actress further noted that she jumped into the car and drove to Wienerschnitzel so she could jump around near Mariska Hargitay’s location. “And I just jumped up and down and cars honked. I think they were like, ‘What?!’”

McCarthy goes on to add, “I can’t tell if they were thinking like ‘Get well, Mariska,’ or if they were like, ‘Get out of the way!’”

Mariska Hargitay Reacts to McCarthy’s Adorable Gesture 

After McCarthy’s supportive gesture made headlines, Mariska Hargitay shared her thoughts about the sweet moment. She responded to Today’s Instagram post, by commenting, “Truth! A joybringer! That’s what she is!” 

McCarthy also posted the video of her jumping around and waving the sign for Mariska Hargitay. She wrote, “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 @therealmariskahargitay ❤️💥”

Mariska Hargitay also commented in that both with, “I LOVE YOU! CAN YOU HEAR ME??”

As previously reported, An insider close to Mariska Hargitay shared with Page Six that the actress was notably leaving the screening so she could welcome guests to her home. But while exiting, she took a tumble outside the theater and was taken to Southampton Hospital by ambulance with her husband, Peter Hermann, by her side. The Law & Order: SVU star spent a few hours in the hospital and missed the screening’s afterparty.

Mariska Hargitay also broke and had a hairline fracture in her ankle as well as a torn ligament this past spring.