Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, might be one of the most popular police shows of all time, as it has been on the air for nearly twenty years now. And Mariska Hargitay has been the face of it ever since it began back in 1999.
And, thankfully, for the production’s fans, it looks like it will be a long time coming before it goes off the air. During a chat with reporters, Mariska confirmed that she has loved doing the show ever since it began nineteen years ago, and intends to continue, as the character “inspires” her.
And Robert Greenblatt, an NBC executive, also said that it will continue to be on the air as long as Mariska – who even won an Emmy Award for her performance – wants to do the show. This fall, the series will enter its 20th season.
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She said to E! News that she was “full of gratitude” because she can do what she loves every single day. However, during the interview, the actress appeared to be a bit annoyed by the reporter’s question, who seemed to insinuate that Mariska has played the character for far too long.
And, as the #MeToo movement kicks off, the show has been able to address all kinds of sexual harassment and assault cases. Dick Wolf and other writers have taken the opportunity to create episodes on women’s movements.
According to Hargitay, because of that fact, she believes it’s “changing the culture.” “It’s deeply in me,” the Emmy Award-winner said, and it’s such an integral part of her character, that she doesn’t even know where Mariska begins and Olivia ends.
Some other characters on the show have left, including her partner-in-crime, Elliot, played by Christopher Meloni. Previously, the actor said it was time for him to move on.
Sources at the time of his exit explained to us, “Chris has had enough of that series. You can only do it for a certain amount of time. Eventually, it just gets sickening, and no longer feels fulfilling.”