TV Cop Makes Real Life Rescue

( – While in the midst of filming an episode of “Law & Order: SVU,” Mariska Hargitay, known for her role in the show, found herself in an unexpected real-life situation. A lost girl, mistaking her for a real police officer, approached her for help.

According to a report from People, the incident happened in New York City while a witness recounted that the girl saw Hargitay’s badge and believed she was genuine.

The girl had apparently been separated from her mother in the Anne Loftus Playground in Fort Tryon Park and asked Hargitay for help, the witness stated. She did not seem to notice the film crew or Hargitay’s co-star, Ice-T.

Hargitay, a mother of three with husband Peter Hermann, paused production for 20 minutes until the child’s mother was located. The eyewitness watched her comforting both the mother and the reunited child after the ordeal.

Since 1999, Hargitay has portrayed Detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU while her character has been the longest-running primetime drama in TV history, and SVU the longest-running primetime drama series.

Reflecting on her involvement in the iconic series, Hargitay told People, “We’ve been on a parallel journey. There’s a thing: WWOBD, ‘What would Olivia Benson do?’ The fans would always talk about it, and one day it hit me.”

She added, “[I] also have those moments where I’ve sort of slipped into her. If there’s a crisis, I just take over and lead like that. Being strong and fearless. It’s sort of this perfect feminist story.”

Despite the passage of 25 years, Hargitay expressed disbelief and a sense of continuity with the show. “I can’t imagine the show ending, and can’t imagine not going on this journey with my cast, my crew,” she said.

“I have so much to look forward to,” Hargitay concluded. “And I’m still growing. I like that you can be so many things at one time. It’s learning to give yourself permission to be all of yourself.”

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