‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’: Christopher Meloni’s Craziest Realization About Success

by Megan Molseed
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They say fame can be fleeting. So one can assume being famous is a little odd for someone who isn’t used to it or even a little surreal. “Law and Order: Organized Crime” star Christopher Meloni knows he has found success and fame portraying Elliot Stabler on the NBC hit franchise “Law and Order.” And, the actor explains, he realizes that while his star is far from “fleeting” at this point, fame and success in the world of acting can be an odd feeling sometimes.

For the “Law and Order: Organized Crime,” actor the craziest thing about the fame he has found since he first appeared on the small screen to portray the fan-favorite NYPD detective Elliot Stabler on “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” over twenty-one years ago, is that fame isn’t always certain.

“It’s not a reality that you’re living,” Meloni said of being famous, adding that this realization sets in the most for him when he runs into people who have no idea who he is, or who his “Law and Order” character is.

“You don’t know that until people don’t know who the f–k you are,” he said during an interview with Elle.

Meloni Apprecates His “Law and Order” Fame

Also, notes the star, his fame, and his success are things he makes sure to appreciate.

The “Law and Order” actor is the first to admit that fame and success are things to be proud of and to accept as being pretty amazing.

In fact, Meloni is quick to say that the idea that success brings a certain amount of cliche, or downsides with it, is something he doesn’t focus on. Because he says, the good parts of fame and success often far outweigh the bad.

“Once you’ve downloaded and accepted that it’s a give and take…Once you truly measure the ‘downside,’ it’s like, ‘You know what, b—h? Shut up,'” Meloni said. “The upside is pretty cool.”

Christopher Meloni joined the “Law and Order” universe in 1999. It was then that he took on the role of “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit’s” Elliot Stabler. The series would quickly become the most successful series in the “Law and Order” franchise. Meloni co-starred in the hit NBC series alongside Mariska Hargitay who played his television detective partner, Olivia Benson.

A Partnership That Stands the Test of Time

The show found amazing success almost immediately after its premiere. And, the Stabler-Benson partnership was one of prime-time’s most popular partnerships in decades.

However, in 2011, Meloni left the series unexpectedly just before the show’s thirteenth season was scheduled to begin. Dedicated fans of “Special Victims Unit” were shocked as they tuned in to find Stabler was no longer solving cases with Benson. It was widely reported at the time that Melone’s exit was related to issues regarding the actor’s contract negotiations.

Eventually, fans made peace with the unexpected changes to the series. For the next ten years, Benson and the rest of her “Law and Order” team carried on without Stabler. Then, in early 2021, Stabler made his return to television, and to Benson, when the two connected during a “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” and the franchise’s newest hit, “Law and Order: Organized Crime.” crossover episode.

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