Christopher Meloni says working with ‘Law & Order: SVU’ costar Mariska Hargitay again is ‘effortless’


Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson’s relationship will always be dear to our hearts.

Christopher Meloni explained how much love he still has for his co-star Mariska Hargitay.

While appearing on “The Tonight Show,” Meloni expressed excitement about returning to the set of “Law & Order: SVU” and reuniting with Hargitay.

For over a decade, the actors co-starred together as the detective duo before Meloni left in 2011.

Jimmy Fallon asked if it would be easy for Meloni to return.

“It’s such a cliché ... I got on the stage of the 'SVU' set and it has changed,” Meloni said. “They have different actors and it’s not my house, it’s not my place, so I had no connection. But as soon as I got to act with Mariska, it was like yesterday.”

Meloni continued, “We know each other and mess around socially and all that, but when we got down and cameras were rolling ... it was such a seamless, effortless endeavor. It was great.”

It’s no secret that Stabler’s coming back, but for how long?

Reports say Meloni’s character, Elliot Stabler, will appear in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” beyond his April 1 appearance.

Last week, executive producer Warren Leight tweeted that the show had shot “three Benson/Stabler scenes today.” When a viewer asked when those scenes would air, Leight responded, “Yesterday’s scenes were for an ‘SVU’ down the road.”

Stabler will continue fighting crimes in “SVU” in an episode called “Return of the Prodigal Son.”

In that episode, Stabler tries to contact someone who has been threatening his family and will serve as the first half of a crossover that goes into the premiere of “Law & Order: Organized Crime.” The show will follow Chris Meloni’s character as he returns to the New York City police department.

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