Mariska Hargitay Was Mistaken for a Real Police Officer by a Lost Little Girl


Mariska Hargitay was mistaken for a real police officer by a lost little girl.

Quick Facts

  • Mariska Hargitay, known for her role as Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, was mistaken for a police officer by a young girl in Fort Tryon Park.
  • She was approached by the girl, who had lost track of her mother, and halted production to help reunite the family.
  • Hargitay’s co-star, Christopher Meloni, praised her as a force for good in various aspects of her life.

Mariska Hargitay, known for her role as **Olivia Benson** on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, was in Fort Tryon Park in upper Manhattan on April 10, shooting a scene for the season finale of SVU, when she was approached by a young girl who, per People, saw the badge Hargitay was wearing as part of her costume and assumed she was a police officer. The girl had lost track of her mother while at the playground and asked for Hargitay’s help, and according to a witness, Hargitay immediately halted production so she could reunite the family, which took about twenty minutes.

After twenty-five years playing **badass Benson**, Mariska Hargitay is used to the public strongly identifying her with the character. Opening up about her three kids’ experiences of her fame, the actor said that her youngest, Andrew, “thinks I play a cop on TV, end of story,” and added, “So he asked ‘Why does everyone say I love you’ when we’re walking down the street?” Tell me you wouldn’t say “I love you” to Mariska if you saw her on the sidewalk. Look me in the eye and tell me you wouldn’t. Of course you would.

“She walks the walk and she talks the talk,” her co-star Christopher Meloni told Glamour of our 2021 Woman of the Year. “She’s a force for good at whatever she does, whether it’s being a mother or being an advocate or being an actress or being a friend.” Or helping kids!


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