Even after decades on the air, Law & Order: SVU is one of TV's best dramas. But there are probably tons of things you didn't know about Law & Order: SVU and its star, Mariska Hargitay. From the impetus behind its creation to the origins of its lead characters' names and how Hargitay has been inspired to give back, there are tons of fascinating secrets from behind the scenes of Law & Order: SVU.
Hargitay, in particular, is connected to her character, Olivia Benson. She finds herself deeply affected by the more intense storylines, and once got severely injured while performing her own stunts. Her longtime co-star, Christopher Meloni (who played Detective Elliot Stabler), starred on the show for over a decade, but harbored secret opinions on the Benson and Stabler pairing prior to his departure.
An Episode About Parental Abuse Really "Wrecked" Mariska Hargitay
Richard Belzer Is A Big Weed Smoker
Mariska Suffered A Collapsed Lung After Performing A Stunt
Christopher Meloni Didn't Want Stabler And Benson To Hook Up
Fans Initially Hated Peter Scanavino's Character
Various SVU Stars' Spouses Have Popped Up As Guest Stars