Friday, March 30, 2018

Mariska Hargitay Remembers Her Famous Mom: 'All I Have to Do Is Look in the Mirror'


Long before there was Pamela Anderson, there was Jayne Mansfield.
Mariska Hargitay was just 3 years old when Mansfield, her legendary screen siren mom, was killed in a car accident in 1967. Sitting down exclusively with PEOPLE in this week’s issue (on stands Friday), Hargitay opens up about the loss — and how it shaped who she is today.

“The way I’ve lived with loss is to lean into it,” says the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star. “As the saying goes, the only way out is through. In my life, certainly I’ve tried to avoid pain, loss, feeling things. But I’ve learned instead to real­ly lean into it, because sooner or later you have to pay the piper.”

“I’m not saying it’s easy, and it certainly hasn’t been for me,” she adds. “There’s been a lot of darkness. But on the other side things can be so bright.”

Mansfield was a platinum-­haired bombshell in an era in which few actresses dared to embrace their sensuality — and Hargitay, 54, still lights up when discussing her lasting legacy.

“My mother was this amazing, beautiful, glamor­ous sex symbol — but people didn’t know that she played the violin and had a 160 IQ and had five kids and loved dogs,” she says, tearing up a little. “She was just so ahead of her time. She was an inspiration, she had this appetite for life, and I think I share that with her.”

“Someone once said about [remembering] my mother: ‘All you have to do is look in the mirror,’ ” she adds. “She’s with me still.”

After her mother’s death, Hargitay was raised in Los Angeles by her dad, former Mr. Universe bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay, and her stepmother, Ellen, along with two brothers and three half siblings.

“My dad taught me to listen and to learn,” she reflects. “As a young kid, I had my antennas out for who had wisdom and why, and what was I supposed to learn from them, and why were they there? The way I’ve been able to make sense of the cards I was dealt was to follow those signs.”

She continues to feel profoundly close to her late father, who died following a long illness in 2006.
“It was huge to lose this person who was my everything, my strength, my power, the person who believed in me,” she says. “But I got to say goodbye, and I remember it was very calm, and he just looked at me and he said, ‘Mariska… Always.’ I was the most like him, and the gift that I got, in addition to being able to say goodbye, was knowing that he was in me. I already carried his fire, the lessons that he taught me, his compas­sion, his love, his kindness. Now I do feel that he’s with me. Even though he’s not here physically, I carry him.”

Today, the actress is a proud parent herself: She and husband Peter Hermann, 50, currently starring on TVLand’s Younger, share sons August, 11, Andrew, 6, and daughter Amaya, 7.

“Our family is so perfect, or at least perfect for me,” she says. “The beauty is that families are made in so many different ways, and that was my reality as a child. Growing up, my family was made in such an inter­esting and unique way, and now I have that with my own family, and so I under­stand it. It’s been amazing.”

A Shocking Number of Rape Kits are Untested — Mariska Hargitay Wants to Change That


Mariska Hargitay has been investigating crimes as Olivia Benson on Law & Order for almost two decades. And now she’s fighting for real-life justice to end rape-kit backlog, which is the subject of her new HBO documentary, I Am Evidence.

“Being on this show for this many years and living in this material that has been so painful, so prevalent, I felt like, why me?” Hargitay, 54, tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story, on stands Friday. “I was trying in life to search for the signs, if you will, but why am I here? What am I supposed to do with it? When I learnt about the backlog, it sort of took me a minute to actually download it because you thought: This is America. It can’t be happening. This idea of blowing it up, shining a big beautiful, high voltage light on it was the answer.”

It’s estimated that hundreds of thousands of rape kits — a collection of DNA evidence removed a from a sexual-assault victim through a lengthy and invasive process — go untested in police departments and crime storage lab facilities across the country. This generally occurs because detectives or prosecutors have deemed a victim to be less than “perfect” and do not feel the case merits further investigation.

As the producer of I Am Evidence, Hargitay spotlights not only the enormity of the problem, but also those who have started working through the backlog. For example in Michigan’s Wayne County, prosecutor Kym Worthy has overseen the testing of 10,000 of Detroit’s 11,341 backlogged kits, resulting in the identification of 817 suspected serial rapists.

“I have been so privileged to witness so many survivors’ stories,” the mom of three says. “I have been first-hand witness to unparalleled courage. We are in this cultural sea-change, pivotal moment that, if it wasn’t accompanied by so much pain, we could focus simply on this silver lining; that the voices we’ve been trying to amplify is finally now.”

The goal now remains for all 50 states to require kits to be counted, tested and acted upon. “Testing rape kits sends a fundamental message to victims: What happened to you matters,” Hargitay asserts. “You matter.”

Donations to help funding can be made to SAKI (Sexual Assault Kit Initiative) at I Am Evidence debuts on HBO April 16 at 8 p.m. ET.

Watch the full episode of PEOPLE Cover Story: Mariska Hargitay, streaming now on PeopleTV. Go to, or download the app on your favorite streaming device.

“The movie has been [made] to provoke outrage, literally,” the Golden Globe-winning actress says. “Each untested kit represents a lost opportunity to bring justice to a survivor of sexual violence, as well as safety to a community.”

Mariska Hargitay Opens Up About the Tragic Death of Her Famous Mom, Jayne Mansfield


Mariska Hargitay is best known for her longtime role as Olivia Benson on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and her picture-perfect romance with costar Peter Hermann, but many people may not be aware of the famous lineage she comes from. Born in 1964, Mariska is the only daughter of Hollywood bombshell Jayne Mansfield and bodybuilder and former Mr. Universe Mickey Hargitay. While her father passed away in 2004 at the age of 80, Mariska's mom tragically died much earlier. In 1967, when Mariska was just 3 years old, Jayne was killed in a car accident; the 34-year-old actress, her then-boyfriend, and the vehicle's driver were all killed — and a young Mariska, who was asleep in the backseat, was left with a zigzag scar on the side of her head. Her older brothers, Miklós and Zoltán Hargitay, were left with minor injuries.

In an interview with People this week, the SVU star opened up about her mother's death and the impact it's had on her — something she doesn't do very often. "The way I've lived with loss is to lean into it," she told the publication. "As the saying goes, the only way out is through. In my life, certainly I've tried to avoid pain, loss, feeling things. But I've learned instead to really lean into it, because sooner or later, you have to pay the piper." The mom of three went on, "I'm not saying it's easy, and it certainly hasn't been for me. There's been a lot of darkness. But on the other side, things can be so bright."

Mariska also took the opportunity to share a few things that the world didn't know about her mother, who starred in films like The Girl Can't Help It and Too Hot to Handle and was widely seen as a successor to Marilyn Monroe. "My mother was this amazing, beautiful, glamorous sex symbol — but people didn't know that she played the violin and had a 160 IQ and had five kids and loved dogs," Mariska said, teary-eyed. "She was just so ahead of her time. She was an inspiration, she had thisappetite for life, and I think I share that with her. She's with me still."

Friday, March 23, 2018

LAW & ORDER SVU Season 19 Episode 18 Photos Service


LAW & ORDER SVU Season 19 Episode 18 Photos Service

Created by Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” now in its 19th season, is the longest-running primetime drama currently on television. This hard-hitting and emotional series from NBC’s “Law & Order” brand chronicles the life and crimes of the Special Victims Unit of the New York City Police Department, an elite squad of detectives who investigate crimes of sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence.
As acting commander of the SVU, Lt. Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) is a seasoned veteran of the unit who has seen it all. She leads with empathy and professionalism, all the while dealing with her difficult past as a product of rape and her future as mother to a young child, both of which influence the way she relates to the victims and perpetrators of each case.
Hargitay has garnered eight Emmy nominations for Lead Actress in a Drama Series and won in 2006. She received two Golden Globe nominations for Lead Actress in a Drama Series, winning the award in 2005, and six SAG nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series.  She has won four Gracie Allen Awards for Outstanding Female Lead in 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2017. In 2013, she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
As Benson’s second-in-command, Det. Odafin “Fin” Tutuola (Ice T) adds a unique sense of humor and undercover investigative experience, making him a formidable match for any partner. Det. Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish) has earned her place as an integral part of the team while facing head-on the emotional toll it takes to work SVU, and Det. Dominick “Sonny” Carisi (Peter Scanavino) brings a fresh outlook and distinctive style of investigation to the squad. Assistant District Attorney Rafael Barba (Raúl Esparza) seeks justice for SVU’s victims and survivors with precision and a passion to win.

“SVU” is frequently acknowledged for its guest players, with Emmy wins for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for Ann-Margret (2010), Ellen Burstyn (2009), Cynthia Nixon (2008), Leslie Caron (2007) and Amanda Plummer (2005), and nominations for such renowned talent as Brenda Blethyn, Carol Burnett, Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden, Angela Lansbury, Marlee Matlin, Mare Winningham, Barbara Barrie, Martha Plimpton, Jane Alexander and Tracy Pollan.
In 2015, “SVU” won the Imagen Foundation Award for Best Primetime Program, recognizing the positive portrayal of Latinos in media. The series was honored with the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2012.  Fourteen episodes of “SVU” were nominated for the Prism Award and six have won, recognizing their accurate depiction of substance abuse and mental illness. Three episodes have been nominated by the GLAAD Media Awards for outstanding representation of the LGBTQ community, and the show was honored with 10 Edgar Allan Poe Award nominations and two wins for Best Television episode.
The “Law & Order” brand has tremendous global appeal and to date, “SVU” has been sold to more than 250 territories around the world.
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” is a Wolf Films production in association with Universal Television. Dick Wolf is creator and executive producer. Michael Chernuchin, Julie Martin, Mariska Hargitay, Arthur Forney and Peter Jankowski are executive producers.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann Reveal Their Marriage Secrets (Dun, Dun)


Instead of solving (especially heinous) crimes, Law & Order: SVU's Mariska Hargitay and her husband, Peter Hermann of TV Land's Younger, have solved the case of the perfect marriage. So, what's the secret to their 13-year union?

“There is no secret,” Hermann told Entertainment Tonight. “We’re all just working through it—whether it’s a relationship that exists in the public eye to some degree or doesn’t. Our son plays basketball, and his coach says, ‘Fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals,’ and I think when it comes to relationships, the fundamentals, in the end, are not that complicated.”
While that sounds simple enough, after over a decade of marriage, these two know things aren't always going to be easy. “That doesn’t mean that they’re easy, but they’re not that complicated,” Hermann noted. “It's fundamentals—kindness, listen well, fight fair."
The actress jumped in to add an important piece of the puzzle,“Peter knows that I’m always right!” He obviously agreed adding, "and I know Mariska's always right.”
Fellas, take note: Hermann is dropping some relationship gems here: your wife is always right.
And Hargitay has seemingly been right from the start, when the couple met in 2001 on the set of Law & Order: SVU. The actress tried to break the ice between herself and her future hubby with a joke, according to InStyle. “He didn’t think I was funny,” she said, but it only got better from there.
Months later, they were discussing religion and Hermann suggested they attend church together. “I just about passed out when I saw him there,” Hargitay said. “I thought, that’s my husband.”

From there, their love flourished and they tied the knot in 2004. They welcomed their first son, August, in August 2006—now 11—and adopted two more children in 2011: their daughter, Amaya, 6, and son Andrew, 6.
“Being a wife and mother is my life, and that gives me the most joy,” Hargitay told Closer Weekly last year.

Although mom and dad both have busy lives as everyone’s favorite detective and Younger’s heartthrob, Hermann still found time to write a new children’s book, If the S in Moose Comes Loose. Of course, Hargitay was right there to support him. They even got the kids involved by putting their name in the dedication, making the book a true family affair.

“[It] was so deeply meaningful to them, and I remember their faces,” Hargitay said. “To be included in that was so cool, and to know what a huge inspiration the kids were for Peter's fertile imagination was so fun because they know that so many things happened [and] little things they say were included. So that was really cool for them.”
It’s official, the Hermann-Hargitay fam is #goals.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Mariska Hargitay & Peter Hermann on the Secret to Their Lasting Marriage (Exclusive)

After 13 years of marriage, Mariska Hargitay and her husband, Peter Hermann, are opening up about the key to their long-lasting love -- and how sports analogies have helped!
“There is no secret,” Hermann, 50, told ET during a sit-down interview with Hargitay to promote his new children’s book, If the S in Moose Comes Loose. “We’re all just working through it -- whether it’s a relationship that exists in the public eye to some degree or doesn’t. Our son plays basketball and his coach says, ‘Fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals,’ and I think when it comes to relationships, the fundamentals, in the end, are not that complicated.”
“That doesn’t mean that they’re not easy, but they’re not that complicated,” he added. “[The fundamentals of] kindness, listen well, fight fair and know that she’s always right.”
“Peter knows that I’m always right!” Mariska, 54, piped in.
The pair tied the knot in 2004 and juggle parenting their three children with Hargitay’s long-running role as Detective Olivia Benson on NBC’s Law and Order: SVU and Hermann’s latest gig as the love interest of Sutton Foster's character, Liza Miller, on TV Land's Younger.

Hermann also just launched his book, which he started back when their eldest child, 11-year-old son August, was young.
“The first time that I got the galley [proofs], I spread them out all over my table and the first thing [the kids] did was climb all over them, so the pages have their blessing,” Hermann said. “It was funny because the first copy that I got, we sat there and looked at the envelope for a while and very slowly opened it and just had a quiet moment.”

As for how the children responded to seeing their names in ink in the book’s dedication, Hargitay still recalls the look on their faces and said it was a special moment for the family.

“We have these crazy tea parties that are just crazy. It's hard to explain, but the point is for the kids to see the book and also to see their names in the dedication,” Hargitay shared. “[It] was so deeply meaningful to them and I remember their faces … To be included in that was so cool and to know what a huge inspiration the kids were for Peter's fertile imagination was so fun because they know that so many things happened [and] little things they say were included. So that was really cool for them.”

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Stephanie March, Mariska Hargitay Reunite on Law and Order: SVU: "It’s Love, I Tell You"


Cabot and Benson forever! The fan-favorite Law & Order: SVU characters reunited on set and of course took a picture.

Stephanie March is returning to Law & Order: SVU for the first time in six years as Alexandra Cabot, the one-time assistant district attorney assigned to the Special Victims Unit. In the episode, "Sunk Cost Fallacy," the squad searches for an abducted woman and her daughter, leading Benson (Mariska Hargitay) to cross paths with Cabot. The episode is set to air in April.

"It is a thrill to welcome Stephanie back to the SVU family, even for a short visit," executive producer and showrunner Michael Chernuchin said in a statement when her return was announced. "She is, and will always be, part of SVU's DNA."

March played ADA Cabot from seasons two-five, returning in a guest capacity in seasons six and 10, as a series regular in season 11 and in guest appearance in season 13. The current ADA on SVU is Philip Winchester's Ben Stone. He replaced Barba, played by Raúl Esparza.

This season SVU has already welcomed back Dean Winters as Cassidy, Tamra Tunie as Warner and Law & Order veteran Sam Waterston as Jack McCoy. It was Waterston's first time back in the Law & Order world since 2010 when the mothership series ended.

March, who also played Cabot on the short-lived spinoff series Conviction, recently appeared on Odd Mom Out, Nightcap and Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter.
Law & Order: SVU airs Wednesdays, 9 p.m. on NBC.

(E! and NBC are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

Friday, March 2, 2018

Law and Order: SVU Boss on Cassidy's Reveal, the Benson Memo and LGBTQ Characters


Law & Order: SVU is no stranger to shocking reveals and putting its characters in dangerous predicaments and "Chasing Demons," the Wednesday, Feb. 28 episode of the NBC drama, had both of those things. Spoilers ahead!

In the episode, a doctor accused of sexually abusing his patients is freed after Cassidy's (Dean Winters) testimony caused a mistrial. The mistrial set off a string of events, including the death of the doctor and an implication that that put Cassidy at odds with the squad and put Benson's (Mariska Hargitay) job and reputation on the line. Cassidy turned to Benson for help, and she obliged, but this put them in conflict with new series regular Philip Winchester as new SVU ADA Peter Stone.

Eventually, Cassidy was cleared and the character, who originated in season one, revealed he was sexually molested as a child. E! News spoke with showrunner and executive producer Michael Chernuchin to get the scoop on the big reveal and what's ahead. Read on!

I heard you're a planner, how far in advanced are you planned? Next year?
We have three or four ideas already, we were actually talking about them last night. We're trying to make—and I think it's happened—each episode completely different, take a different genre. Like "Something Happened" was a stage play, "Gone, Baby Gone" was a chase…each one we want to give a different feel to so the actors and the audience don't get bored. We've already come up with some concepts for next season. Now all they have to do is pick us up. [Laughs.]

There was a moment a couple weeks ago where Ice-T's Fin confronts Peter Gallagher's Dodds about this mysterious memo. Will we learn more about that?
Probably in the finale, that's what we're looking at right now.

We said goodbye to Raúl Esparza's character, Barba, and hello to Philip Winchester's Stone. The relationship between Stone and the squad is not great right off the bat.
No, it's going to be tense for a couple of episodes until they accept him as part of their family.

Right, I feel like that's how it always is when a new ADA joins the cast.
Exactly. It's the same in any business; the new kid on the block is always the outsider for a while. And Stone kind of manipulates them into liking him. [Laughs.]

Can you tease the dynamic between Benson and Stone and what's coming? They obviously started off on a bad foot.
Yes, well, he prosecuted her best friend. [Laughs.] Which is a tough thing. Eventually they learn to respect him fro.m..the way he treats them and I can't give away too much of a future episode, the way he treats Carisi [Peter Scanavino] in particular in an episode, and also his skills in a court room.

As you know, SVU fans are quite vocal. I've been contacted by some who are eager to hear about SVU's plans for LGBTQ representation in characters. The series hasn't had a series regular gay character since BD Wong.

We're discussing it. Let's put it that way. We have a core group of people, I don't think we need any new people on the show. But we deal with those subjects on a weekly basis; it's just that not one of our characters is a member of that community.

You've had Cassidy back, McCoy, the Stone family legacy…Are there any other characters in Law & Order franchise lore you'd like to revisit?
Yes, but I'm not going to tell you. [Laughs.] We've got a biggie coming up.

On a more serious note, Cassidy admits he is a victim of molestation. How long was that planned in your mind to reveal that?

It was kind of spur of the moment when we were doing the outline, we were doing the beat sheet and planning the show. In retrospect, it explains his character. And he said for the first time in 19 years I understand where I'm coming from, Dean did, and it just fit in with the story so perfectly. Why he overreacted in the courtroom and why he's a hot head, things like that…and why he's single.

Were Dean and Mariska receptive to the reveal?
Oh, they loved it. They absolutely loved it. We hit with two heavy-handed emotional shows for Benson back to back. Raul leaving and then Cassidy coming back and saying goodbye.

Is there happiness in Benson's future? Is she out of the woods?
She is for now. In this world she lives in, I don't know how happy you can be. Most people don't even realize, they stay as SVU for two years, tops. They can't handle it.

I loved Rollins confronting Cassidy. I feel like the bond between Rollins and Benson has been explored more.
That was totally intentional. We want to give Mariska a close friend, a close female friend. And who better than Rollins?

I don't think I've ever seen Rollins and Cassidy interact. That was fun seeing her go to Benson's apartment and lay down the law.
And it was great because the scene was about Benson. To hear these two people that love her, arguing about her, it was a classic scene…Dean was amazing. It was the biggest role he's had on the show by far…it was about him, the bar room scene…a lot of that he ad-libbed and it was brilliant.

Stone says in the episode something keeps him in New York.
That will be explored, it's once again a family issue…I think 15 or 16, you'll learn about it quickly.

Law & Order: SVU airs Wednesdays, 9 p.m. on NBC.

(E! and NBC are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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