‘Law & Order’ star Mariska Hargitay discusses ‘meaningful’ 22-year friendship with Christopher Meloni

Mariska Hargitay (L) and Chris Meloni attend Glamour Celebrates 2021 Women of the Year Awards on November 08, 2021 in New York City.
Mariska Hargitay (L) and Chris Meloni attend Glamour Celebrates 2021 Women of the Year Awards on November 08, 2021 in New York City. Photo credit (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour)

Nothing warms our hearts more than Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni’s friendship.

Hargitay, who plays Olivia Benson on “Law & Order,” discussed her very “meaningful” relationship with Meloni, who plays the role of Elliott Stabler.

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While honored at the 2021 Glamour Women of the Year Awards, the “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” star discussed her 22-year friendship with her costar in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. During the special night, Meloni presented the award to the 57-year-old and called her “amazing.”

“You know he, after my husband, he knows me pretty well,” Hargitay said. “So it’s very meaningful, especially after the journey we’ve had these 22 years. The creative journey, the trust, the friendship, he’s sort of seen it all.”

“You know we’ve gotten in there, we’ve gotten dirty,” she added. “So it’s very meaningful for me to have it presented by him.”

While Meloni started his speech by saying, “I have been trusted with one task tonight, introduce someone who needs no introduction, who I’ve been working with for 13 years, and been friends with for 22.” Meloni described his close friend as “Radiant. Charming. Funny. Embracing. Generous. Elegant. Honest. Appreciative. Inclusive. Direct. Vivacious. That’s my favorite one: vivacious,” Glamour reports.

Hargitay described what glamour means to her, saying, “Glamour isn’t surface. I’m a girl who likes to put on a pretty dress, who likes to put on make-up, who likes to glam it up. I love glamour. I love it. But it’s not illusory. It’s not so I seem appealing. It’s not to cover anything. I love glamour because it expresses, not because it hides.”

She also paid tribute to her mother, Jayne Mansfield, saying, “I think that her glamour, her real glamour, the glamour of her luminous, tender, searching heart, was deeper and more beautiful than she ever knew.”

“She would be 88 now, and I think she would have liked this evening very much. I also think that she knows more now than when she died,” the actress added. “She is here with us, and she is here with me, sitting with us and sitting with me, and I am so happy and grateful that we get to learn these things together.”

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