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15 year-old Avery Parker (guest star Christopher Dylan) walks home from school through Fort Tryon Park when she’s surrounded by a group of rowdy boys. Taunts and jokes intensify to pushing and shoving, leaving Avery in the hospital and three assailants under arrest. When the DA’s office decides to try one of the culprits, 15 year-old Darius McCrae (guest star Dante Brown), as an adult, the SVU squad agonizes over whether the punishment fits the crime, and must deal with the pain of both families involved. Starring Mariska Hargitay (Sgt. Olivia Benson), Ice T (Det. Odafin Tutuola), Kelli Giddish (Det. Amanda Rollins) and Peter Scanavino (Det. Sonny Carisi). Also guest starring Robert Sean Leonard (ADA Kenneth O’Dwyer), Adrienne Moore (Cheryl McCrae), Bill Irwin (Dr. Peter Lindstrom), Jessica Phillips (Pippa Cox), Danny Burstein (Eric Parker) and Rebecca Luker (Lisa Parker).

Actress Mariska Hargitay speaks during a press conference at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, in New York. During the event, Hargitay, along with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced almost $80 million in grants to help eliminate a vast nationwide backlog of rape kits.

Rape Kit Backlog Press Conference
September 10, 2015

One of the more delightful developments of 2015 has been the emergence of a friendship between pop princess Taylor Swift and TV queen Mariska Hargitay (who’s been starring in “Law & Order: SVU” since 1999).

It may have all begun when Swift named her kitten after Hargitay’s “SVU” character, Olivia Benson, but it definitely picked up steam when the pair met at the Met Gala and bonded. Hargitay has since appeared in Swift’s “Bad Blood” video and onstage during her most recent tour.

And as the Emmy winner told TODAY.com, the friendship endures. “It has been such a treat and a joy and a surprise,” she said. “She is so lovely and mature and has really inspired me.”

Taylor Swift is inspiring? Yep. And it’s all about a song.

“The song ‘Shake It Off’ touched me deeply, profoundly,” revealed Hargitay.

That’s right; while most of us were just finding goofy ways to parody the delightful dance tune, the earnest actress was looking deeper.

“I thought, ‘What a beautiful message to send to people,'” she continued. “I’ve certainly had thin skin at times, and things hurt my feelings and you sit there and go, ‘Why do you let that hurt your feelings? And you know what? Shake it off and move on.’ What a beautiful lesson. … There are certain things in life we need to put our attention on and there’s other things we don’t.”

A reaction that seems totally natural from the woman behind Olivia Benson, who was just voted the most popular (by a wide margin) female character on TV. Hargitay is set to return for her 17th season on Sept. 23 and is one of Olivia’s biggest fans.

“She is fearless, a lioness, a protector and she’s compassionate and empathetic,” she said. “So we feel safe with her and it’s all those feminine things we are and yet she is not pigeonholed, because she is a badass. … She does it all; it’s not easy, but she doesn’t quit trying. Takes the hit, gets up again. She’s really the Terminator.”

Still, even the Terminator might have been a little intimidated by joining Swift in the middle of her concert. “The first time I went onstage in Philly, I was like, ‘I don’t know what’s happening!’,” laughed Hargitay.

So will we get Swift — or other members of her posse — on board at “SVU”?

“We can only hope,” said Hargitay. But then she whispered behind her hand, “I think so!”

“Law & Order: SVU” returns to NBC on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 10 p.m. ET


There’s no doubt Taylor Swift is an unabashed fan of Olivia Benson, the Manhattan police sergeant on Law & Order: SVU played by Mariska Hargitay. Not only is one of her cats named after the character, Swift even invited Hargitay to be a part of her ever-growing squad, which includes Karlie Kloss, Cara Delevingne, and Selena Gomez, when the actress appeared in “Bad Blood” music video.

So it made perfect sense to ask the 51-year-old actress if Swift would return the favor and appear on an episode of the long-running NBC crime drama.

“We just talked about it,” Hargitay told ET during a break from filming. “We’re going to wait until the end of the [1989 World] tour to see how it goes. But it’s in the air.”

While fans will have to wait mid-December before the show can finalize plans with the singer, executive producer Warren Leight offered the next best solution. “We’re thinking of naming a squad room cat Taylor,” he said.

“The squad room needs to get a cat or I need to get a cat and name it Taylor,” Hargitay joked, “either one.”

When asked about appearing at the MTV Video Music Awards with Swift and her “Bad Blood” co-stars, Hargitay simply said it was “an experience” before adding: “The best part of going with Taylor and the girls was that they were so supportive, wonderful and fun.”

“It’s a good posse to jump into,” Hargitay said of her new gal pals.

Even though they’re working on getting Swift for the show, both Hargitay and Leight confirmed a few upcoming guest stars during ET’s visit to the set. Virginia Madsen (Sideways) will appear in episode six as the mother of Det. Rollins (Kelli Giddish) and Adrienne Moore (Cindy on Orange Is the New Black) is in the second episode.

The two-premiere will feature Dallas Roberts (The Good Wife) as a Robert Durst-inspired killer and mark the return of Elizabeth Marvel (House of Cards) as Counselor Rita Calhoun.

Meanwhile, cast members of the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton, will make their way through SVU. Daveed Diggs, who plays Thomas Jefferson on stage, will reunite with his Hamilton co-star Leslie Odom Jr., who recurs as Reverend Curtis Scott on the series.

“It was like SVU: The Musical,” Hargitay gushed about filming with the two stars just a day prior.

The new season of Law & Order: SVU premieres on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m.


Olivia Benson remains arresting, even after all these years.

The tough yet compassionate detective played by Mariska Hargitay on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” is the favorite female character on TV, with 21% of the vote, according to a national poll to be released Wednesday.

“I’m so totally honored,” Hargitay told the Daily News. “Wow. A little floored, actually. I think it might have been all that early campaigning I did in New Hampshire. And the Iowa vote was definitely important. I keep thinking, if you’d told me I’d ever get news like this when I started the show 17 years ago, I would have said you’re out of your mind. Thrilled. Flattered. Man, I love my fans.”

Hargitay added, “I feel honored and grateful to play this character. I am aware that this is not about me, it’s about who Olivia is and what she represents. She is a strong, dedicated, and fierce advocate for justice. She has a strong moral compass. She is the mother, the lioness, and the heroine we would all want fighting on our behalf.”

Coming in a distant second with 8% is Taraji P. Henson’s Cookie Lyon on “Empire,” followed by Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen on “Game of Thrones” with 7%.

Trailer Park, a marketing agency, queried 1,200 people, split between genders, in early June. The respondents are over 13 and watch seven hours or more of TV a week, including at least one show where a woman is the lead.

Respondents chose from among 36 characters and 17 series, including Jessica Lange’s Constance Langdon of “American Horror Story,” Ana Ortiz’s Marisol Suarez of “Devious Maids” and Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood of “House of Cards.”

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel, who first applied a feminist test to films in 1985, inspired this poll, says D’nae Kingsley, head of integrated strategy for Trailer Park. Bechdel’s test for gender equality requires that two women talk to each other in the film, with their conversation being about something other than a man.

The poll’s most curious finding is that 31% of males ages 13 to 17 identify as feminists, while only 13% of women over 55 do. Even the pollsters were trying “to wrap their heads around this,” Kingsley says.

The characters named as favorites are intelligent, tough, beautiful, strong-willed and self-confident. Benson winning was a surprise only because “SVU” has been on for so long, Kingsley notes. On Sept. 23, it begins its 17th season.


Mariska, Kelli and Raul were spotted on location today. Pictures are in the gallery. Who else is getting excited for the Season 17 premiere?!

SVU on Location
September 1, 2015

Mariska attended the VMAs tonight and I added a bunch of pictures to the gallery. I’ll be adding more so keep checking back!

Video Music Awards
August 30, 2015

Same site, different name.

As you know from my previous update my former host was forced to terminate her hosting services So I had to find a new host and domain name. So here we, MariskaFans.com is our new home. Please update your bookmarks 🙂

I’ve uploaded pictures from the Hamilton and Cymbeline opening nights from the beginning of the month. I also uploaded an image from People’s Most Beautiful issue that I never had in the gallery.

People Magazine Shoot- April 2015

Hamilton Broadway Opening Night
August 6 2015

Cymbeline Opening Night
August 10, 2015

I’m also going to work on getting the video archive back up and running so look out for that 🙂

IMPORTANT NOTICE: As of Monday, August 10, 2015, the domain Mariska-Online.com will no longer be available.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our hosting services/domain url will be closing and taken over by Hollywood.com. It’s been an absolute dream to be hosted by Fan-Sites.org since 2009 (almost 6 years now!) But like everything, all things must come to an end. Mariska-Online.com will no longer be a working url. BUT, we are working on finding a new domain name and hosting company. Sit tight 🙂

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One more thing- I will be able to transfer everything over to my new host, so I won’t lose any pictures etc.

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American television’s pantheon of prime-time goddesses is, by some accounts, a modern construct. Women such as Tea Leoni’s Elizabeth McCord in Madam Secretary and Julianna Margulies’ Alicia Florrick in The Good Wife, who are defined by strength of character more than simply gender.

But both those women, and their peers, have a forebear, a woman who was defining feminine strength long before the so-called present golden age of prime-time television. Her name is Olivia Benson and she’s played by Mariska Hargitay. For more than 350 hours of television she has been the star of the seemingly indestructible Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Though the male/female partnership concept is not new, what made creator Dick Wolf’s interpretation so distinct was that Benson and her then-partner, Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni), were not shoehorned into the cliche of unresolved sexual tension. Rarely, and powerfully, they were presented as genuine equals. That partnership lasted 272 episodes.

“I know Dick cast me because I was strong and this was a very empathetic character, but I think that she has grown in to what she is now, I think I’ve grown her if you will, and that’s what’s interesting about it,” Hargitay explains to The Guide. “I wanted to make her tough but also empathetic and compassionate … I thought they were such important things.”

For Hargitay, what mattered was that Olivia Benson was a “very strong, a very three dimensional character. Take no prisoners but empathetic and flawed and complex. This is a person who thinks outside the box and so is Dick Wolf and so am I. It’s been a beautiful evolution.”

The peculiarly dark nature of Special Victims Unit – it focuses on violent sex crimes – makes it a tough platform for storytelling. In some 16 years, however, actress and character have fused in an unusual way. Hargitay has, in her own life, become an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, creating a foundation named Joyful Heart.

It began, she explains, when she was researching the role. “I was trying to figure out how to best serve and play this role and how to best inform myself and how to best deal with these crimes,” she says. “By educating myself and learning the statistics I was just so horrified, I was so in shock. I just remember my jaw dropping.”

After shock, she says, came anger. “I was so enraged that this was something that was going on in our society and in our culture and in our world and that people just weren’t talking about it,” she says. “The show was a platform for me to effect change. And with people disclosing to me their stories of abuse, I realised there was indeed an epidemic.”

One of the many empowering aspects of Hargitay’s performance is in some respects the least overtly stated. At the age of 50, she is in an age bracket when, historically, actresses struggle to own high-profile real estate in the television schedule.

“It’s been liberating for women because I think late forties and early fifties is when women are really connected to their fearlessness and look at life differently, [we] have all this beautiful wisdom to draw from, to make even better decisions,” Hargitay says.

“It’s been beautiful for me to have this evolution on television,” she adds. “It’s been beautiful to grow this woman up and to be this character that we’ve all watched earn her place, right? And it’s been a very exciting journey and I hope an inspirational one for people.”

Hargitay was born in 1964 into the most of Hollywood of showbusiness dynasties. Her father was the Hungarian-born bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay. Her mother the iconic sex symbol Jayne Mansfield. The subject is a sensitive one for Hargitay and despite the passage of time her mother remains a powerful figure in her personal life.

“I think she has influenced me in more ways than I know,” Hargitay says. “She was such a pioneer, she was a woman before her time, and she was doing things that nobody else was doing. Being a movie star and having five kids, and sort of living out loud and being fearless and breaking all the rules.

“She was somebody that beat to her own drum and was such a free spirit and I really admire that,” Hargitay adds. “Not to say that it was easy, but she was ambitious and wanted so much of life, and had a huge appetite for it. I think I’m like that a lot. And I think obviously she gave me the idea to be an actor which is a career that I have fallen madly in love with.

“She had a love for family and a love for children,” Hargitay says. “She was a compassionate woman, an empathetic woman, but again somebody who did it the way she wanted to and by her own design, especially at the beginning. She was somebody who had big dreams and followed them. That’s pretty inspiring to me.”

In the 16 or so years that Hargitay has starred in Law & Order, the cast has shifted dynamically around her. Her longtime collaborator, Christopher Meloni, departed the series in 2011. The show’s other senior detective is now Odafin Tutuola, played by Ice-T. In that time, however, there has been one unchanging constant: the show’s creator Dick Wolf.

“Dick surrounds himself with passionate people who are committed and who are artists, so he hires great people and then he trusts them, which is part of his success,” Hargitay says. “He’s a visionary obviously, he has this huge vision and huge appetite, and truly is a seer.

“It’s been interesting to get to know him,” she adds. “He’s a very interesting man. But I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. I appreciate his vision and I feel grateful to be part of his world that he created.”


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