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MEET | MARISKA HARGITAY
Featured 2.6-2.12 | When I met Mariska Hargitay 10+ years ago, she took one look at me and said, "we're going to be friends." She was right, and I learned very quickly to never doubt her word or her intention, because both are rock solid. Widely known across the globe for her famous parents (Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay) and her even more famous portrayal of Detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU (which happens to be the most-watched show on television. Ever), what Hargitay should be recognized for is her infectious laugh, her fierce loyalty, her gigantic heart, her extraordinary compassion and her ability to make everyone around her feel loved, safe and incredibly special. She’s half of an incredible partnership with husband Peter Hermann (yes, #TEAMCHARLES), a kick ass mother and a tremendous activist. In fact she took what many might just consider a juicy role on a wildly popular TV franchise and it turned it into one of the most important organizations on the planet: The Joyful Heart Foundation, whose mission is to transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, support survivors’ healing, and end the violence. She’s also been trying her hand behind the camera, often directing episodes. XXX NEED 400th episode info here as well as how many she has directed??? So this is all just a really long-winded way of saying that I love Mariska Hargitay, and I know you will, too. Welcome to Mariska’s week.