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She Plays a Hero on TV, but This Unexpected Moment Proves Mariska Hargitay is a Real-Life Angel!
2024/05/13

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A Badge of Honor: Even Off-Screen, Mariska Hargitay is Olivia Benson

Even when the cameras aren't rolling, Mariska Hargitay, the woman behind the iconic Captain Olivia Benson, steps up as a true guardian. While filming season 25 of Law & Order: SVU in New York City, Hargitay found herself in a situation that mirrored her character's unwavering dedication to protecting the vulnerable.

A young girl, separated from her mother in the bustling Fort Tryon Park, saw Hargitay’s badge and, mistaking her for a real police officer, reached out for help.

A witness reported the little girl was oblivious to the film crew, the cameras, and the actors, including Ice-T, Hargitay's long-time scene partner. 

Stepping Up to the Challenge

In true Olivia Benson fashion, Hargitay didn't hesitate. She immediately paused production, taking a full 20 minutes to comfort the distressed child and help her find her mother.

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This heartfelt act speaks volumes about the kind of person Hargitay is, blurring the lines between the actress and the compassionate character she portrays. After 25 seasons of playing the role of a dedicated SVU detective, Hargitay seems to have absorbed some of Olivia Benson's remarkable ability to spring into action and save the day.

This incident highlights the profound impact playing a role for over two decades can have on an actor.

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