‘Law & Order: SVU’: Mariska Hargitay is Apparently the Jokester on Set According to Costar

by Megan Molseed

We all know that the hit NBC drama series Law & Order: SVU carries with it some of television’s most intense storylines.

However, the many entertaining behind-the-scenes posts some of our favorite SVU stars post to social media suggest that the series regulars work hard to find some downtime. Especially as the costars enjoy joking around when the camera isn’t rolling.

Recently, Kelli Giddish who portrays detective Amanda Rollins on the popular series opened up about what the set is like when the SVU stars aren’t investigating some of the most heartbreaking crimes on screen.

And, the SVU actress notes that while the Law & Order storylines may be incredibly intense, the players make it a priority to keep the on-set environment as entertaining as possible.

Giddish notes that longtime SVU star Mariska Hargitay is no exception.

“She’s a ball of energy,” Kelli Giddish says of her Law & Order: SVU costar. Giddish adds that Hargitay has a way of keeping the SVU costars laughing between scenes. Giddish says her costar adds a sense of levity as the cast addresses some of society’s most heartbreaking issues.

“And no one could understand how funny that lady is with what is actually portrayed on their TV because Benson’s an empathetic, deeply concerned character,” the actress continues of Hargitay, who portrays Law & Order: SVU’s Captain Olivia Benson in the hit NBC series.

“That’s who she is in real life,” Giddish continues of her costar. “But the other facet to her personality is that she’s laughing all day every day.”

‘Law & Order: SVU’ Cast Enjoy Their Time On Set

Kelli Giddish went on to note that while Mariska Hargitay may be the life of the party while between scenes portraying Olivia Benson on the Law & Order: SVU set, the entire cast is known to spend their time having tons of fun with each other.

We have a lot of fun,” says Giddish of her SVU costars.

“I was thinking that this morning when I was brushing my teeth,” the SVU actress continues, noting that a recent milestone reached by the series made her reflect on the show, as well as the costars she enjoys so much.

Of course, Giddish makes sure to note that these reflections were just regular considerations. And that she has no plans to leave the massively popular series anytime soon.

“Just thinking about the show, and we’re doing the 500th episode right now,” Giddish explains in the October interview. “I kept thinking to myself how much we laugh on set.”

“Not that the end is in sight, but I just laugh a lot at work,” says Giddish.

“We crack each other up” the actress continues, adding that along with the laughter comes a whole lot of support.

“We challenge each other,” she says. “And that’s something I really enjoy about our show.”