Mariska Hargitay proved her matchmaker pal wrong when she found love on the set of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
The 55-year-old actress’ friend had been worried that Mariska would never meet a man because she was working such long hours on the TV show. But Mariska surprised her when she fell for guest-star Peter Hermann.
Speaking on Live with Kelly and Ryan, Mariska explained: “She threw a dinner party for me and she was like, ‘Mariska, you need to get out more’ … I could never go anywhere because 15 hours a day, 16 hours a day (on set) every day. She said, ‘No prince handsome is going to walk in on the show and you’re going to marry him.'”
“I was so nervous and a little bit giddy.”— Mariska Hargitay
The couple first met in 2002 when the 52-year-old joined the show in a recurring role as attorney Trevor Langan, and she admitted he had her feeling “giddy” from day one.
Mariska said: “I was so nervous and a little bit giddy. It was funny because (co-star Chris) Meloni was there. He was watching me, and he’d never seen me act like this – ever.”
After 15-years of marriage – and 21 seasons – the crime-fighting couple now have three children together – sons August Miklos Friedrich, 13, and Andrew Nicolas Hargitay, eight, and eight-year-old daughter Amaya Josephine.