Mariska Hargitay’s foot and leg injuries had fans nervous about whether the actress would be able to film the 23rd season of Law & Order: SVU. However, as of Thursday, it became official that the SVU star is back at work–even with the boot and crutches!
PEOPLE spotted Hargitay stepping out of a black SUV and onto the set of the show. She wore her usual foot attire of one part orthopedic boot and one part Air Jordan. This time, she paired the footwear with a summery, navy blue dress covered in colorful flowers and a red sash–proof that elegance and comfort can exist in the same outfit. The Law & Order: SVU star was all smiles as she popped out of the car, eager to get back to work.
On top of the sighting, Hargitay posted a video of her own that marked her return to work. Earlier on Instagram, she let followers know that Detective Olivia Benson was back on the streets of New York.
In a car on the set of Law & Order: SVU the actress filmed herself buckled into the driver’s seat. She wore the same blue dress as seen in PEOPLE‘s photo. She whispered as the crew chattered around her, prepping for the next scene. The whole video buzzed with excitement.
Meanwhile, Hargitay, with a sort of electric energy in her eyes, narrated, “‘SVU’ 23–It’s happening. Lights, camera, action.”
Then she flipped her phone around to show the people bustling around the set.
“Thanks for watching,” Hargitay said with her dazzling smile.
‘Law & Order: SVU’ Fans React to the Filming of Season 23
Of course, as expected, fans are just as excited as Mariska Hargitay to see her back on the set. Not only did that mean they’re inching closer to the next fix of their favorite crime drama series, but it also meant that the actress was recovering well from her injuries. After Hargitay initially broke her ankle following a celebrity film showing, SVU fanatics worried that the actress would be too injured to begin working on Season 23 just a couple of months later. However, Hargitay proves once again that she is every bit as resilient and headstrong as her character on Law & Order: SVU.
In response to her Instagram video, fans were quick to cover the comments section in compliments about Hargitay and speculations regarding the show.
“Ok but STUNNING,” wrote good friend and fellow actress, Kathryn Gallagher.
One fan agreed, “You are GORGEOUS woman!!!”
Another wondered, “The same dress as the finale???? Is there a chance Chris is filming with you?”
Perhaps Hargitay was trying to tease a hint about the new season to fans. Or maybe she just wanted to share her excitement about being back on set. Either way, we can’t wait to see how this next season unfolds.