Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni are core cast members in Dick Wolf’s, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. The NBC crime drama is just one in a handful that Wolf has brought to small screens all around the globe. First up was Law and Order, which kicked off in 1990 and wrapped up in in 2010. Law & Order: SVU started a year before Law and Order ended, obviously picked to carry the torch.
Then there was Criminal Intent, Trial by Jury, and LA, all of which ended. True Crime went on hiatus in 2017, and Hate Crimes ended up back on the drawing board. Law & Order: SVU has outlasted both its predecessor and successors and continues to put out new episodes. Wolf’s second baby is well on its way to becoming the longest-running scripted primetime live-action series on American TV!
Currently, Hargitay remains on the show and Meloni has moved on. But are the co-stars still close?
Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni worked together since 1998
Their also one of the reasons the show is so successful. Hargitay and Meloni do an excellent job at embodying their characters. Not an easy feat given all the emotional situations they face in each episode. Det. Benson’s (Hargitay) bleeding heart results in her going through trials and tribulations often. Having to juggle what she thinks is right and what the system says is right has resulted in plenty of gut-wrenching scenes
Meloni, in some sense, has his head on straight, but he also has a rather short fuse. It stems from him often taking cases to heart, turning his dedication to justice into a dangerous obsession. Ultimately, his connection to cases clouds his judgment and lands him in hot water. Even so, the hardened detective more often than not gets his guy.
Fans were devastated when Det. Stabler (Meloni) left his partner behind, going off the grid in Scorched Earth. But their sadness was replaced with pride as they watched Benson slowly climb the ranks to Lieutenant. A position she still has to this day.
Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni grew close over the years
Working together on such a popular show resulted in both actors landing pretty impressive net worths. That’s not all they got out of it though! The two Law & Order: SVU stars formed a close bond, one that flourished over the years. In an interview with People, Meloni opened up about his “instant chemistry” with his beloved co-star. He ends the segment with a simple one-liner, “Yea, that was a great run.” While the Happy actor didn’t say much, his facial expression shows that he’s reminiscing pretty damn hard!
Unfortunately, just like in the show, Meloni and Hargitay have never become more than friends. Meloni was married to Doris Sherman Williams long before the show began. Hargitay found her beau, Peter Hermann, in 2004. Despite them both being in relationships, the pair joked about being each other’s Valentine’s back in 2017. How sweet is that!
Are Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay still hanging out?
Meloni has had a pretty busy schedule since walking away from Law & Order: SVU. As of 2019, the Law and Order alum has joined the cast over at A Handmaid’s Tale. Meanwhile, his ex-partner is calling the shots over at headquarters. While they may not be sharing screen time anymore, the pair still gets together. They have social media posts to prove it!
In December of last year, Hargitay took a little vacation and she crossed paths with Meloni! Hargitay immortalized the moment, posting a selfie showing off their genuine smiles. The caption read:
Vacay…A great night with this one. #Reunited#OldFriends #PTL
They also got a chance to rekindle their friendship in March, but a quick look through Hargitay’s Instagram shows adorable pictures of the duo dating back to the good old days. Even after all these years, it looks like their friendship is still going strong!