For as long as and 's characters have been living in the universe, dedicated fans have been desperate to see Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler get together. But how has Mariska's husband taken to seeing his wife have undeniable chemistry with her co-star of ?
During a May 2021 appearance , the was asked about what it was like being a longtime "" with Hargitay and the star. (To be clear, Hargitay, Hermann and Meloni aren't actually in a three-way union!) After stumbling about trying to come up with an answer, he eventually shared his thoughts in a lighthearted manner.
"We make it work," host about splitting his wife's time with her on-screen companion. "Sometimes Chris and I have some things to negotiate. But we've gotten really good at communicating with each other, and there's a lot of give and take. Kind of in the end, all three of us, we're really happy."
In November 2001, Hargitay and Hermann met on the set of when he appeared as a guest star. The two were later , and Hargitay has since said the moment they crossed paths.
By this point in her career, fans had become accustomed to witnessing Hargitay and Meloni' fictional romantic tension. The two began working on the NBC drama in 1999. But as it turns out, the co-stars' relationship is completely platonic.
As Hermann's interview went on, it was clear he wasn't done discussing his feelings toward Meloni and Hargitay's friendship. When a photo came up, he clarified how he is oftentimes the one documenting them on set.
"I think there is much to be said about marriage ... and there he is," about the snap above. "I took that picture on a day that we were all on."
At least we know where Hermann stands on this relationship. As far as Hargitay and Meloni' take on this, they're well aware of how special their bond is.
"It's effortless, and it's weird, and I always look at it as some sort of gift," Hargitay said on the red carpet of . "So much of it has to do with our shared sense of humor, shared perspective, our now history."