‘Law & Order: SVU’: Mariska Hargitay’s Hilarious Snoop Dogg Story

Mariska Hargitay has acted alongside many guest stars throughout the years. One of her co-stars was rapper Snoop Dogg. Here’s what Hargitay said about the hilarious experience she had on the Law & Order: SVU set.

Mariska Hargitay’s first impression of ‘Law & Order: SVU’

Snoop Dogg, Mariska Hargitay, and Ice T on the set of Law & Order: SVU
Snoop Dogg, Mariska Hargitay, and Ice T on the set of Law & Order: SVU | Raymond Hall/GC Images

Hargitay says when she was first considered for the role of Olivia Benson, she was in the middle of a development deal. She was originally set to star in her own comedy show. However, the script for Law & Order: SVU came along, and her plans changed.

“I read the script and I knew in my gut that I had to do this role,” said Hargitay during an interview with Stephen Colbert. She says her agent called to warn her about the show, saying the subject matter was very dark. However, Hargitay says she got chills after reading the script and she knew she had to move forward with the audition.

Mariska Hargitay’s meeting with Snoop Dogg  

Hargitay says she felt an immediate connection with Snoop Dogg. She was impressed by his accomplishments, which include a charity and football league. “He’s doing amazing things in the world and he’s just Snoop, which is the coolest thing ever,” says Hargitay during her Stephen Colbert interview.

The Olivia Benson actor says she enjoyed acting alongside the rapper. “So, I’m doing this thing,” she continues. “I’m arresting him, I’m giving him the old one-two, as I like to say. And I think we’re besties.”

Hargitay had an idea for a fun way to joke around with Snoop Dogg. “So, I had this idea on set. My friend, my co-star, came up with the idea [to rap], “Double O-G in the 1 PP,” says Hargitay. This basically means Snoop Dogg is at One Police Plaza, the New York Police Department headquarters. It’s sometimes abbreviated as 1 PP.

Hargitay thought it was a “genius” rap line, so she went to find Snoop Dogg and share it with him. When she was able to talk to him in his trailer, she repeated the rap line that her co-worker made up. Hargitay says Snoop Dogg just gave her a blank stare and said, “I don’t know what that is.” The joke didn’t land well. She told him it was OK.

“And then we just hugged, and it was all good,” laughed Hargitay. “I was like 97 years old in that moment, and I’m OK with it,” she joked.

Mariska Hargitay’s movies and TV shows

Hargitay made her film acting debut in the 1984 movie Ghoulies, in which she played the character Donna. The following year, she became a series regular in the drama Downtown. She played the character Jesse Smith for 14 episodes from 1986 to 1987.

In 1988, Hargitay had a recurring role as Carly Fixx in the series Falcon Crest. She is also known for her roles in Prince Street, ER, and Can’t Hurry Love. She joined the cast of Law & Order: SVU in 1999.

How Snoop Dogg became famous

Snoop Dogg began his rise to fame after forming a group with Nate Dogg and Warren G called 213. The group made rap and R&B music together and sold more than 500 homemade tapes out of the trunk of a car, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Dr. Dre heard one of the tapes and asked Snoop Dogg to rap on his album. He rapped and wrote many of the songs on Dr. Dre’s The Chronic album. Snoop Dogg released his first solo album in 1993, Doggy Style, with Death Row Records.

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