Mariska Hargitay has long been a fixture on Law & Order: SVU. The 50-year-old mother of three recently enjoyed a short hiatus from filming the show, but is now ready to get back to work.
Hargitay revealed a few things to Access Hollywood about what is coming next for the show and its cast members.
For starters, her character, Olivia Benson, will be trying to figure out single motherhood after she took in a baby at the end of season 15.
“We need to find a baby daddy for that baby! It’s been very exciting because this season is turning in such a different direction. After last year, it was dark and [like] where do we go from there? So I feel like God dropped a little bundle of joy in my lap,” she said.
She then added, “I think this year she’s going to be trying to balance motherhood with being acting commander of a squad and constantly under scrutiny and being threatened by a sex-trafficking gang. She has quite a bit to manage.”
That’s an understatement! But it’s nothing Mariska Hargitay, or Olivia Benson, can’t handle.
“Olivia, she does it all!” Hargitay joked.
As a single mother, life is sure to change for Mariska Hargitay’s celebrated character. How does a crime-fighting super-woman do it all?
“As someone who puts themselves in jeopardy every day and puts other people first, how do you do your job and be in charge of this child?” she said.
“It’s been interesting and I think it’s gonna be very dramatic and conflicting, and there’s lots of new notes to play, and for that I am very excited.”
Mariska Hargitay didn’t shy away from showing her excitement about the upcoming season of Law & Order: SVU, but she was coy about the possible return of Elliot Stabler (played by Chris Meloni).
“I’ve been trying! Maybe he could be Noah’s baby daddy!” she laughed. “Let me call the writers…”
Yes, Mariska Hargitay, call those writers!