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Mariska Hargitay Dishes on Her Career and Family: "I'm Learning to Be Present With Where I Am" (Exclusive)

She's a a wife, a mom-of-three, and an Emmy-winning TV star, but not even Mariska Hargitay admits that she has life all figured out. In fact, during an exclusive new interview with Closer Weekly for the magazine's latest issue, on newsstands now, the 54-year-old actress confessed she's still learning every day. "I look at my life now and think, I’m on a TV show, I run a foundation, I run a household, I’m a mom, I’m a wife, I’m a lot of things. I’m learning to be present with where I am. The truth is we have to live the journey, right? And that’s what I’ve learned," Mariska candidly revealed. Mariska filming Law & Order: Svu. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) Mariska's job has also helped her grow both on and off-screen. For the past 19 years, she's portrayed Detective Olivia Benson on the NBC drama
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Dick Wolf on What’s Next After His NBC Deal Expires and Why He’ll Never Retire

Dick Wolf on What’s Next After His NBC Deal Expires and Why He’ll Never Retire
Casting is an area of television production that is of great importance to uber-producer Dick Wolf, and he makes sure that he has the last word on that, he tells Variety at the Monte Carlo TV Festival, which is paying tribute to the career of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” star Mariska Hargitay, and also hosting “Chicago P.D.’s” Jon Seda, “Chicago Med’s” S. Epatha Merkerson, and “Law & Order: Svu’s” Philip Winchester.

“Casting is the most subjective area of TV production — one man’s meat is another man’s poison — and frankly, if I’m going to
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Spotlight: Mariska Hargitay's Charity Work

Mariska co-founded the Joyful Heart Foundation.

Hargitay has made PSA’s for “The More You Know”.

Mariska was the 2007 Ambassador for Lee National Denim Day, benefitting the Women’s Cancer Programs of the Entertainment Industry Foundation.

Charities & foundations supported

Mariska Hargitay has supported the following charities:

Barbara Davis Center for Childhood DiabetesChampions for ChildrenElizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS FoundationEntertainment Industry FoundationHope NorthJames Redford Institute for Transplant AwarenessJoyful Heart FoundationKeep A Child AliveMayor's Fund to Advance New York CityMotion Picture and Television Fund FoundationProject A.L.S.Rape, Abuse & Incest National NetworkSafe HorizonSmile TrainSoles4SoulsThe Heart TruthWorldwide Orphans Foundation Read more about Mariska Hargitay's charity work and events. Related articles Celebrity Portraits Up For AuctionBuy George Clooney's Gift Bag For DarfurDip Into Matt Damon's Diaper BagCelebrities Love 2 Love T-ShirtsSharon Stone Turned Philanthtastic Fifty

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‘Law & Order: Svu’ Star Mariska Hargitay Praises MeToo Movement in Monte Carlo TV Festival Speech

‘Law & Order: Svu’ Star Mariska Hargitay Praises MeToo Movement in Monte Carlo TV Festival Speech
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” star Mariska Hargitay praised those in the MeToo movement who had spoken out against sexual assault when she spoke Friday on stage at the opening ceremony of the 58th Monte Carlo Television Festival. The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress was in the Principality of Monaco to receive the festival’s Crystal Nymph Award, given to an actor each year in recognition of an outstanding career.

Hargitay’s honor was awarded in part due to her advocacy work for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse through the Joyful Heart Foundation, which she founded
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Mariska Hargitay Praises #MeToo in Monte-Carlo TV Honors

Mariska Hargitay reflected on the way sexual harassment and assault has changed in the 20 years she’s been playing tough cop Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit when accepting a career award at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival.

“What a changed world it is since I started the show,” she said, making a nod to #MeToo and other social movements since the Harvey Weinstein scandal surfaced.

“I express my deepest thanks to the many women and the many men, some of whom I’ve worked alongside, especially those whose extraordinary acts of courage have ...
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‘Law & Order: Svu’ Star Mariska Hargitay to Be Honored at Monte Carlo TV Festival

‘Law & Order: Svu’ Star Mariska Hargitay to Be Honored at Monte Carlo TV Festival
Following in the footsteps of recipients such as Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” star Mariska Hargitay will be presented with the Monte Carlo Television Festival’s top award — the Crystal Nymph — at its opening ceremony on June 15.

Hargitay, who plays Lt. Olivia Benson in the long-running NBC series, has won the lead drama actress Emmy and a Golden Globe along the way, as well as grabbing seven other Emmy nominations and six SAG noms. She is also an exec producer of the show and has directed multiple episodes.

According to the festival, the Golden
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Melora Walters (‘Law and Order: Svu’) on her episode inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s ‘Persona’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Melora Walters (‘Law and Order: Svu’) on her episode inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s ‘Persona’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
Melora Walters was sold on making a guest appearance in “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” when she found out the episode was inspired by Ingmar Bergman‘s “Persona” (1966). “It’s not a typical episode,” she explains. “It’s very much like a film or a play.” In this 19th season installment, entitled “Something Happened,” the actress plays a rape victim whose memory loss forces Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) to open up about her own dark secrets. “It’s the kind of role that I would dream of,” she adds. Watch our exclusive video interview about “Law and Order: Svu” with Walters above.

See Mariska Hargitay (‘Law & Order: Svu’) opens up about ‘culture of shame and isolation’ for abuse survivors in new interview

In Bergman’s 1966 art-house classic, a nurse (Bibi Andersson) takes care of an actress (Liv Ullmann) who suddenly stops speaking. While isolated in a cottage on
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'Law & Order: Svu' Will Remain on TV Until Star Mariska Hargitay Leaves: "I'm in It for the Long Haul"

Looks like the detectives of Law & Order: Svu will live to solve another crime! And another... and another... and as many as they like, until leading lady Mariska Hargitay decides to pull the plug on the crime-drama series. The hit show is due to air it's 20th season later this year, tying the show neck-and-neck for the longest-running scripted live-action American drama series with the original Law & Order, and Gunsmoke. In a bid to break the record and surpass the other two series, the show's creators have confirmed they will be moving ahead with a historic 21st season. At a recent Paley Center panel honoring Svu, NBC's Robert Greenblatt also claimed they would continue to create episodes for as long as Mariska was willing to play Lieutenant Olivia Benson. Greenblatt says every year, NBC checks in with @mariska and she keeps saying she wants to continue on @nbcsvu
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David Spade Devastated After Learning of His Sister-In-Law Kate Spade's Death: "I Still Can't Believe It"

Last night, David Spade was enjoying watching The Bachelorette and cracking jokes on Instagram. When he woke up the next day, his whole world had shattered. News broke that Kate Spade, world-renowned designer and the wife of his brother Andy Spade, had died after committing suicide. Hours later, he took to Instagram to share his heartbreaking reaction to his sister-in-law's death. "Fuzzy picture but I love it," he wrote on an image of the pair looking at each other and giggling. "Kate and I during Christmas family photos. We had so much fun that day. She was so sharp and quick on her feet. She could make me laugh so hard. I still cant believe it." David was clearly blindsided by the news that Kate had taken her own life, and he pleaded with fans to avoid the same. "It's a rough world out there people, try to hang on,
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Mariska Hargitay Wants to Stay With 'Svu' Beyond Its Milestone 21st Season

When Law & Order: Special Victims Unit returns to NBC in the fall for its 20th season, the procedural will reach an important milestone: tying Gunsmoke and the mothership Law & Order as TV's longest-running primetime drama.

Going for the record season 21 (during the 2019-20 broadcast season) is an understandable priority for the team. But if longtime series star Mariska Hargitay has her way, the Dick Wolf drama could continue long beyond that.

"The joke with [then-showrunner] Warren Leight and I was season 16 was good, and we said season 17, we’re going to phone it in,"...
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Dick Wolf: Mariska Hargitay, ‘Law & Order: Svu’ Pioneered #MeToo ‘a Long Time Ago’

Dick Wolf: Mariska Hargitay, ‘Law & Order: Svu’ Pioneered #MeToo ‘a Long Time Ago’
With “Svu” reaching its 20th season on air, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” creator Dick Wolf and star Mariska Hargitay stated that the show not only has its own place within the #MeToo movement, but that it helped start it.

“We’ve been talking about sexual assault, domestic abuse and child abuse for 20 years, and I am so deeply incredibly proud of that,” Hargitay said at the Paley Center for Media on Monday. “This show has been a true maverick, a true pioneer. That’s why I keep saying that we’re in this beautiful cultural change. It’s
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Fashion Designer Kate Spade Has Died at Age 55

Rest in peace, Kate Spade. The iconic fashion designer died of an apparent suicide at age 55 inside her Park Avenue NYC apartment on Tuesday, June 5. TMZ was the first outlet to report the sad news with The New York Times later confirming her death through local police officials. Later on Tuesday, the Kate Spade New York brand's official Instagram account posted a heartfelt message about Kate's death. "Kate Spade, the visionary founder of our brand, has passed. Our thoughts are with her family at this incredibly heartbreaking time. We honor all the beauty she brought to this world," the message read. Following Kate's passing, law enforcement sources also divulged the heartbreaking details of the designer's suicide note to TMZ. According to the outlet, Kate penned a letter to her 13-year-old daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade, with husband Andy Spade, 55, with the following text: "Bea — I have always loved you. This is not your fault.
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Law and Order: Svu Will Run as Long as Mariska Hargitay Wants to Play Benson, a Role She's Still "Deeply" Inspired By

Law and Order: Svu Will Run as Long as Mariska Hargitay Wants to Play Benson, a Role She's Still
Law & Order: Svu will never leave you…at least as long as Mariska Hargitay is involved. At a Paley Center event, NBC's Robert Greenblatt said the long-running drama starring Hargitay as Lt. Olivia Benson, which is entering season 20 this fall, will continue as long as Hargitay wants to do the show. Hargitay has been with the series since its launch in 1999 and won an Emmy for her portrayal of Benson. With the upcoming season 20, Law & Order: Svu ties Gunsmoke and the original Law & Order as the longest-running scripted live-action American drama series. "I'm still processing it because it's a lifetime of processing. I'm just so full of gratitude and so excited that I get...
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‘Law & Order: Svu’ Opened Door For #MeToo Movement, Creator Dick Wolf Says

Law & Order: Svu frequently grabs its storylines from news headlines. But show creator Dick Wolf says the long-running NBC drama has also made a difference in real life by helping to give victims of sex crimes the courage to come forward. "I think it's opened the door into a multitude of conversations over the years. If you look at the #MeToo movement, she (pointing to series star Mariska Hargitay) founded it, a long time ago," Wolf said Monday night during a panel…
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The Sweet Relationship Advice Peter Hermann Would Give His Character on Younger

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The Sweet Relationship Advice Peter Hermann Would Give His Character on Younger
In real life, Peter Hermann has a picture-perfect romance with his wife, Mariska Hargitay, but on screen, it's the complete opposite. For the past four seasons, his character on Younger, Charles, has driven fans crazy with his will-they-won't-they romance with coworker Liza, played by Sutton Foster. Believe us when we say that people are Very invested in the "Team Charles" ship. While it's unclear what will become of their romance this season, Hermann does have some pretty sound love advice for his character going forward.

"I would say, 'With whatever you can, keep the door of your heart open,'" the actor recently told Popsugar during a Younger press junket. "I think for him, his daughters always come first, so that kind of goes without saying. But I would say, 'Trust. Risk.' There's a beautiful poem by Louise Glück, an incredible poet, and she has a great line: 'Yes risk joy.
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Peter Hermann and Mariska Hargitay Have Been Giving Each Other Heart Eyes For Over 13 Years

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Peter Hermann and Mariska Hargitay Have Been Giving Each Other Heart Eyes For Over 13 Years
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit made Mariska Hargitay a household name in Hollywood, but it also affected her personal life a great deal - it's where she met her husband, Peter Hermann. The two first met in November 2001, when Peter had a recurring role on the hit series, but their relationship didn't take off until a few months later when they found themselves talking about religion. After attending church together, Mariska knew she had found the one. "I just about passed out when I saw him there," she said. "I thought, 'That's my husband.'"

Peter popped the question in 2004, and they made things official later that year during a ceremony at the Unitarian Historical Chapel in Santa Barbara, CA. Fast-forward a few years later, and the couple is still going strong with three children, August, Amaya, and Andrew. Judging from their many appearances over the years, it's clear
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The Sweet Relationship Advice Peter Hermann Would Give His Character on Younger

In real life, Peter Hermann has a picture-perfect romance with his wife, Mariska Hargitay, but on screen, it's the complete opposite. For the past four seasons, his character on Younger, Charles, has driven fans crazy with his will-they-won't-they romance with coworker Liza, played by Sutton Foster. Believe us when we say that people are Very invested in the "Team Charles" ship. While it's unclear what will become of their romance this season, Hermann does have some pretty sound love advice for his character going forward.

"I would say, 'With whatever you can, keep the door of your heart open,'" the actor recently told Popsugar during a Younger press junket. "I think for him, his daughters always come first, so that kind of goes without saying. But I would say, 'Trust. Risk.' There's a beautiful poem by Louise Glück, an incredible poet, and she has a great line: 'Yes risk joy.
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Get Personal With the Cast of ‘Hotel Artemis’ + More L.A. Actor Events This Week

Beat the blahs of May grey turning into June gloom with this slate of inspiring, fun, and educational activities this week. No matter what’s happening outside, inside these rooms are chances to hear from actors and experts on the craft, knowledgeable teachers and pros—along with catching some of the most buzzed-about films and TV out there right now. Get an inside look at two TV series.For two nights at the Paley Center, join showrunners, producers, actors, and more as they give a behind-the-scenes look at two series: one long-running and iconic, the other a future classic currently in its second season. “Creating Great Characters: Dick Wolf & Mariska Hargitay in Conversation” (June 4) pairs the infamous “Law & Order” creator with Olivia Benson herself, while “An Evening with Dear White People” (June 5) features many of the Netflix series’ cast members. Don’t miss either evening. (Tickets: $8-30) Catch a glimpse of L.
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The Cutest Pictures of Peter Hermann and Mariska Hargitay's Family of 5

The Cutest Pictures of Peter Hermann and Mariska Hargitay's Family of 5
Peter Hermann and Mariska Hargitay have an envy-inducing love story, and their family is just as sweet. The couple, who first met on the set of Law and Order, are happy parents to three beautiful children. Aside from bringing them on the red carpet from time to time, Mariska constantly gives us little glimpses of their home life on social media. The duo first welcomed their son, August Miklos Friedrich, in June 2006 when Mariska was 42, and their daughter and son, Amaya Josephine and Andrew Nicolas, by adoption almost five years later.

Over the years, the actress has been very open about her journey with adoption and her desire to have a big family. Even though the pair faced a few bumps along the way - one birth mother changed her mind a few days after an adoption - Mariska admits that becoming Amaya and Andrew's mom was definitely "worth the fight.
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Who’s the best Drama Actress Emmy winner of 2000s: Allison Janney, Edie Falco, Mariska Hargitay … ? [Poll]

Who’s the best Drama Actress Emmy winner of 2000s: Allison Janney, Edie Falco, Mariska Hargitay … ? [Poll]
The Emmy for Best Drama Actress has often been one of the most competitive categories, especially in recent years. The winners from the 2000s include some of the most respected actresses in Hollywood, including multiple Oscar nominees. So which Drama Actress winner is your favorite from the 2000s? Look back on each victor and be sure to vote in our poll below.

Sela Ward, “Once and Again” (2000) — The 2000s started off with Ward winning for ABC series “Once and Again.” Ward won after submitting the pilot episode, in which we are introduced to her character, Lily Manning, a single mother who starts up a relationship with a single father. Ward was nominated the following year as well.

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Edie Falco, “The Sopranos” — Falco’s iconic performance as mob wife Carmela Soprano on “The Sopranos” earned her three Emmys,
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