Mariska Hargitay Wished Ice-T a Happy Birthday in the Most Adorable Way

Mariska Hargitay and Ice-T are both veterans on the hit NBC series called Law & Order: SVU. They’ve both been on the show together for over two decades, so it makes sense the two would want to wish the other a happy birthday on their special day. Hargitay did just that for Ice-T’s birthday on February 16. Read on to learn how she commemorated the event.

Mariska Hargitay wishes Ice-T a happy birthday

Mariska Hargitay and Ice-T
Mariska Hargitay and Ice-T | Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

Hargitay took the time to post a few images of herself with Ice-T over the years. The first image is more recent of the two laughing together and having a good time. It’s accompanied by another three photos of the pair over the years. In each one, the two are smiling together and enjoying themselves.

Hargitay captioned the post with: “Happy birthday @icet Every time I’m around this #OG i’ve got a #SmileOnMyFace #LoveIsLove.”

Fans react to the sweet post

Fans seriously can’t get enough of Hargitay and Ice-T’s amazing friendship on and off the set. “Benson/Fin friendship is everythinggg 🙌❤️,” an Instagram user wrote.

A lot of people consider the two great as partners. “Best tv partners,” someone else said.

A lot of fans took the time to wish happy birthday to Ice-T as well. “Best OGs on TV!!! Happy Birthday ICE!!! 🎂,” another user wrote.

“Awww, Happy Birthday OG!! 💙 those smiles are everything,” yet another user said.

One Instagram user thinks the two are lucky to have each other. “You are lucky to have a friendship like yours 💜,” they wrote.

“Happy birthday to one half of the greatest duo on television, @icet! The OG’s making history,” another user chimed in.

Hargitay was actually nervous about meeting Ice-T the first time

Hargitay admitted on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that she was nervous to meet Ice-T for the first time. She appeared on the show with Ice-T and they were candid about each other.

“Well, I was so nervous to meet Ice-T,” Hargitay admitted. “He was OG. He was, like, the man. He was, like, the rapper. I was excited about it…So he came on the show and he was the sweetest, kindest, most open…it was such a joy. And for 20 years it’s been an education for me. He’s taught me about so many things.”

The two have clearly come a long way from those humble beginnings of friendship. They’re great friends now. “We’re very fortunate to be on a show that everyone likes each other, everyone gets along,” Ice-T explained. “Twenty years is a long time, it’s a very cool work environment. Mariska’s the best.”

Ice-T also says he isn’t going anywhere until Hargitay does. “They asked me to stay and I’ve been there and I’m happy and I’m not going nowhere until she’s gone,” Ice-T said in regards to Hargitay.

“We’re sticking together,” Hargitay said in response. “It’s been such a crazy surprise journey and gift.”

The two have come so far from the early days. SVU wouldn’t be the same without either of them.