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WebMD Magazine Scans
October 7, 2015

Mariska is on the October issue of WebMD. You can check out the scans below!

WebMD Scans- October 2015

Mariska, Peter & August attended the premiere of Pan. Check back later for more images!

Pan Premiere
October 4, 2015

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7 – Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Governor, John Kasich; Mariska Hargitay and Ice-T (“Law and Order: SVU”) with a sneak peek at Whoopi’s guest-starring role on the series.

When Mariska Hargitay first played Detective (now Sergeant) Olivia Benson on NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in September 1999, Bill Clinton was president. Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace was in theaters. J.K. Rowling had just published Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third book in the series.

And when the 17th season of SVU kicked off last month, kids who were babies during that long-ago first season were entering their junior year in high school.

Hargitay is one of the keys to the seemingly endless popularity of the often gut-wrenching crime drama: Her Benson is at once amazingly heroic and totally relatable. She’s the nurturing friend you’d call first when you found out your boyfriend was cheating on you — and the badass cop you’d want in your corner if that boyfriend turned out to like to use his fists.

Hargitay was the first lead actor from any of the behemoth Law & Order franchise series to win an Emmy Award (in 2006), and she earned leading actress Emmy nominations 8 years in a row.

Art and Life

But after all this time, isn’t she ready to try something new? No way. In an era when few people stay in the same job for 5 years, much less 16, Hargitay says she’s just as excited to be playing Benson today as when she auditioned for the show in the spring of 1999. In those days, she was a virtual unknown whose biggest role had been a short-lived stint as Dr. Mark Greene’s girlfriend on the TV medical drama ER.

“That’s a question I get asked a lot, and something I’ve asked myself, but the truth of the matter is that the show feels like a completely new show to me now,” Hargitay says. “We had such a great run for the first 12 years, and then our new showrunner Warren Leight came on board and brought Olivia to incredible new depths. It’s great writing, and that keeps me so invested.”

She admits that she considered leaving SVU when her longtime TV partner, Chris Meloni, moved on in 2011. “When Chris left, I thought, ‘I can’t be on the show without him! We’re partners and we started the show together and we have to finish together.’ But it turned into such a beautiful lesson of life, that things change and they evolve into something different and something beautiful if you let them. And now that I’m directing and producing as well, I have to work harder at it and use very different muscles. There’s so much more for me to learn. All good things have to come to an end at some point, of course, but sometimes when I thought things were over, they just began again.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 – “YOUR FAMILY WILL LOVE THIS” – Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order: SVU”); a meal you can make in the microwave in under 30 seconds.

She’s simply arresting.

Mariska Hargitay, who plays tough as nails Det. Olivia Benson on “Law & Order: SVU,” expresses only one concern during a wide-ranging interview. She doesn’t want to take credit for one of the most seismic shifts on TV — the rise of tough, compassionate, and drop-dead gorgeous lead women in traditionally male-dominated crime dramas, like “CSI” “The Closer” and of course “Scandal.”

“Olivia opened the door,” Hargitay says. “At the time, I don’t remember any other characters like that. I am very excited and happy when I see other characters like this. I say the more the merrier, baby. I don’t want it to be an anomaly. Let there be all strong, amazing women and I am so happy to know there is an appetite now.”

“Special Victims Unit” — the last of executive producer Dick Wolf’s “Law & Order” franchises which once dominated NBC — kicks off its 17th season with a grisly two-hour show Sept. 23 and Hargitay is front and center.

Likening her to others who have played characters in prime time for decades – James Arness as Matt Dillon in “Gunsmoke” for 21 years and Kelsey Grammer as Frasier on two shows for a total of 20 years, “SVU” showrunner Warren Leight says Hargitay is the only woman and the only one whose character made a difference.

“I don’t think James Arness changed the world views of cattle wrangling,” Leight says. “I loved Frasier but it is not as if we developed keen insight into psychiatry because of Frasier. Somehow there was a synergy between her and that role and what was going on in society and the empathy she brought to it and the perseverance she brought to it.”

Hargitay was not always taken as seriously.

“When I came in there, I don’t believe people understood how good she was,” Leight says. “And everyone thought it as about the chemistry she had with Elliot (Christopher Meloni) and people did not understand she could carry the show on her own.”

The only major change for the new season is a renovation to their squad room set — which was Hargitay’s idea, a perk to being the show’s star and its occasional director.

“When I started directing, I got nuts about my office,” she says.

Her personal space is a far cry from the functional sets at the show’s homebase, Manhattan’s Chelsea Piers studios. Framed Carolina Herrera sketches of gowns Hargitay has worn adorn walls in the outer office. Inside, a modern art painting takes up one wall and photos of her children (sons, 4 and 9, and daughter, 4) and husband are on other walls.

Behind a curtain are black and white photos of her glamorous mom, Jayne Mansfield.

A small room holds a day bed and an air of serenity. Hargitay, 51, knows how critical that is.

“My biggest challenge right now and what I’m really trying to change is sleep,” Hargitay says.

Like every working mom, Hargitay talks about trying to strike the elusive balance. She has this huge role, kids, husband, actor Peter Hermann, whom she met on this show, and her charity.

Hargitay started Joyful Heart Foundation 11 years ago to help victims of sexual abuse. After working on a show about the most depraved predators, Hargitay says she needed to help.

She has become such an advocate that she was with leaders like the Vice President last Thursday when they announced $79 million for tackling the backlog of rape kits necessary to prosecute criminals.

“Mariska became so associated with these issues,” Leight says. “And there she was yesterday with Vice President Biden, DA Vance and Attorney General Lynch … and she belonged there. She changed our awareness of what survivors go through and how society views rape victims. Her character and she have begun to make actual changes in the way society views sex crimes.”

In pure Biden fashion, he leaked that Benson will be promoted this season. She is a sergeant but becomes lieutenant.

On the season premiere of “SVU” Jefferson Mays is medical examiner Dr. Rudnick, who gets a sickening surprise. Dallas Roberts returns as serial killer Gregory Yates, and it’s a contest, which could never have a true winner, as to who is creepiest.


Mariska & Peter attended the US open. HQ images are in the gallery. They are adorable!

US Open
September 13, 2015

Mariska has been quite the busy bee lately. I added pictures of her backstage in Hamilton. I also added more pictures from Baja East.

Backstage at Hamilton
September 12, 2015

Check back tonight for more pictures 🙂

Baja East Fashion Show
September 12, 2015

The cast was filming in the Meat Packing District until 3am. Pictures are in the gallery!

Filming in the Meat Packing District
September 12, 2015

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