An unbreakable bond — on and off display screen. Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni first met on the set of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 1999, once they had been forged as Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler, respectively.
“I’ve one million reminiscences from the pilot, particularly the speedy chemistry with Chris. We had been filming within the Meatpacking District, and it was actually sizzling and raining, so all of us needed to put on baseball caps,” Hargitay recalled to TV Insider in 2018. “I used to be going, ‘How fortunate is that this California lady to be capturing a tv sequence in New York with this incredible actor and incredible crew!’”
For years on the sequence, followers needed their characters to return collectively romantically, one thing that by no means occurred. As an alternative, Elliot and Liv shaped a seemingly unbreakable working relationship and friendship — till he unexpectedly left the unit on the finish of season 12.
Meloni exited the NBC drama in 2011, selecting to deal with different tasks. Nonetheless, the actor’s relationship with Hargitay remained and the pair reunited on many occasions, typically snapping selfies and sharing them on social media for the longtime followers.
Meloni returned to SVU for the primary time in 10 years in an April 2021 episode earlier than kicking off his new sequence, Law & Order: Organized Crime. He revealed that he simply felt it was time to bring Stabler back — one thing that was confirmed throughout his first night time of capturing, when he stepped out of his trailer and a lady noticed him on the road.
“She goes, ‘Oh, my God, oh, my God,’ and she or he begins hyperventilating. Tears begin swelling and forming in her eyes,” he advised TVLine in March 2021. “I’m like, ‘Hey, the way you doing?’ She goes, ‘No, you don’t perceive: You’re the explanation I grew to become a cop.’ That was my introduction again to the that means and the ability and the place that my character — and our characters — have held within the consciousness of many individuals. It was good.”
Hargitay, in the meantime, confirmed in January 2022 that followers will not be the one ones who really feel the chemistry between Benson and Stabler.
“Olivia Benson is damage! I imply, he left me in a lurch for 10 years. She’s frightened,” she defined on The Drew Barrymore Present. “The vitality’s there. Olivia’s been in love with him for a lot of a 12 months and I believe that we’re slowly discovering our means again to it, however I wish to give him the period of time he must grieve Kathy Stabler.”
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