Mariska Hargitay stars as fan-favorite detective Olivia Benson in NBC’s hit crime drama Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Over the weekend, the actress wrote a loving tribute to her husband, which fans may also recognize.
Mariska first appeared as Olivia Benson in Law and Order during the pilot episode which aired in 1999 and still does so 22 years later.
Over the weekend, the actress shared a loving tribute to her husband Peter Hermann on Instagram.
She shared a series of photos, including a selfie of the two together, captioning it, “Grateful for this man and this insanely beautiful day.”
Fans flooded her comments with love, including Shmedra who wrote: “Oh, I love this!! I really hope you and Peter know that you two are targets.”
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Mariska’s husband Peter is also a fellow actor and the two first met on the set of Law and Order in 2001 when he guest-starred in the spin-off as attorney Trevor Langan.
He played a defense attorney who often crossed paths with the SVU officers and most recently reprized his role in October for the special celebration of the 500th episode.
In total, Peter has appeared in 33 episodes of the show along with his wife.
The two have been married since 2004 and in an interview with InStyle, Mariska recounted their first meeting, saying, “I almost passed out when I saw him there. I thought, ‘That’s my husband.’”
Legendary actress Betty Buckley, who also starred in Law and Order SVU, was one of many to comment on Mariska and Peter’s Instagram photo, sharing some love heart emojis.
Ali Wentworth, who appeared on the show as Shari Parker in Season 17, commented, “Thank you all to all of you! Enjoyed our hug today!”
In 2019, Mariska lifted the lid on the couple’s first date in an interview with People magazine: “We went to church together and it was like being hit by a bolt of lightning.”
She added: “I just started sobbing, Peter thought I was crying because I was so moved by the service. No, it was because I was just overwhelmed, realizing that he was the one.
However, Mariska could be the one to leave fans in tears after she was rumored to be leaving the show.
This year, Law and Order: SVU returned with its 23rd season, which also brought back serial veteran Elliot Stabler (played by Christopher Maloni) who departed in Season 12.
From the premiere until his departure, the two were partners and worked closely together on investigations.
After returning, she soon made the jump to his own spin-off Law and Order: Organized Crime and now fans are convinced that Olivia could leave SVU to reunite with her partner.
Law and Order: SVU returns to NBC on Thursday, December 9.