Christopher Meloni is 60 years old. And to kick off the new decade, the Law & Order: Organized Crime star received a new show and got the cover on a major health magazine.
Yes, Meloni still has got it, especially in his famous glutes. The cheeks went viral this spring and are a running, complimentary joke. Meloni often joins in on the fun. He’s embraced being a “Zaddy” – a very attractive, but older man.
The Law & Order: Organized Crime star showed off his moves for Men’s Health, the magazine that put Meloni on its August cover. The interviewer asked if Meloni realized he was having a pop culture moment.
Meloni quipped “My ass is.”
Law & Order: Organized Crime Star Likes the Idea of Being Fitness Star at 60
He ponders the thought of being 60 and being on the cover of a magazine that promotes men’s health and fitness.
“It’s cool as sh*t,” says the star of Law & Order: Organized Crime. “The aspect of age comes into play as far as the cover of [this magazine] and how I feel about it. A friend of mine said, ‘Did you ever think in a million years you’d be on the cover of Men’s Health?’ I said, ‘Certainly not at age 60.’
As part of the cover, Meloni also participated in a four-minute workout video. He can’t promise if you do his workout you’ll get his same results. But it’s worth trying, right?
Meloni’s character in Law & Order: Organized Crime is Elliot Stabler. Although the show is a new Law & Order franchise, his character is well established. He played Stabler for 12 seasons of Law & Order: SVU. His chemistry with Mariska Hargitay (Olivia Benson) was amazing. But Meloni also wanted a pay bump. He left the show after a contract dispute with NBC. Meloni said NBC balked at paying him more than a certain amount, so he suggested he’d take the salary but appear in fewer episodes.
“They literally came to me on a Thursday night and said, ‘This is the deal. We want the answer by tomorrow,” Meloni recalled. “It’s our way or no way.’ ”
Meloni said he told NBC: “I don’t want to f–k around with you guys. This is what I want. If you can’t do it, that’s fine. Let’s figure out my exit.”
So Meloni left the show in 2011.
Meloni’s Career Trajectory Still On Way Up
And a decade later, he’s definitely enjoying a career renaissance. There was his massively hyped Law & Order: Organized Crime premiere. Plus, there was a crossover episode with Stabler and Benson.
There also was that viral moment. Let’s analyze how his glutes became so popular after someone posted a photo on Facebook.
“This is what has happened,” Meloni told Interview. “I’ve been blessed with glutes that have an attractive shape. But I have a trainer, and we’re going through bodybuilding phases.
“And where everyone kind of caught me was that I’d been preparing for one year in a very high-intensity weight training program that actually focused on legs. So I guess you could argue that the glute-peeping public are now reaping the benefits of all that hard work.”
Meloni introduced his trainer in the workout with Men’s Health. He said they spend four days a week working out. They’re “joined at the hip,” Meloni says, adding that the workouts have “really shown dividends.”
And made his glutes a pop culture phenom.