Who is Mariska Hargitay?
Mariska Magdolna Hargitay is an actress, director, and philanthropist from the United States. Her achievements include a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award.
She is the daughter of actor and bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay and actress Jayne Mansfield.
Mariska Hargitay bio
Hargitay, the daughter of actress and 1950s sex icon Jayne Mansfield, was born at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. Her father was Mickey Hargitay, a former Mr. Universe who was born in Hungary.
Mariska Hargitay education
Hargitay participated in cheerleading, student government, sports, the theatrical department, and cheerleading while attending Marymount High Institution, a Catholic secondary school.
She graduated from high school in 1982 and decided to pursue acting at UCLA since she enjoyed it. Hargitay was named Miss Beverly Hills USA in the same year.
Hargitay already had an agent and had a number of little roles under her belt by the time she was a student in college. She was a Kappa Kappa Gamma member while she was a student at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.
She departed before earning her degree. In Los Angeles, Hargitay attended the Groundlings Theatre and School.
Mariska Hargitay career
After winning the title of Miss Beverly Hills USA in the early 1980s, Hargitay started performing in high school. She enrolled in UCLA and attended the School of Theater, Film, and Television after completing her high school education at Marymount High School in 1982.
She left college early and joined the Groundlings improv company in Los Angeles, although she did not finish her degree. Soon after, she started to appear in lesser roles on television.
She had started to get guest starring parts on shows including “Falcon Crest,” “Tequila & Bonetti,” “Seinfeld,” and “ER” by the late 1980s.
In the spring of 1999, Hargitay attended an audition for Dick Wolf’s police procedural television show “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”
She auditioned for the part of Detective Olivia Benson, the female lead. Samantha Mathis and Reiko Aylesworth were among the other candidates being considered for the position.
Producers ultimately chose her and Christopher Meloni, who was competing for the role of the male lead, based on the chemistry they had displayed during their final audition.
Hargitay completed rape crisis advocate training to get ready for the part of Benson. With a constant appearance on the program beginning in 1999, Hargitay has gone on to hold the record for the longest-serving cast member of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”
She took maternity leave in 2006, during the sixth season of the show, and that was the only time she took a lengthy break from it. Connie Nielsen temporarily took over the role of Dani Beck in her place. Hargitay has won a Primetime Emmy and a Golden Globe for her work on the program.
In addition to appearing on many other shows as the role of Olivia Benson, Hargitay has also starred in three episodes of “Law & Order,” one episode of “Law & Order: Trial by Jury,” three episodes of “Chicago P.D.”, and one episode of “Chicago Fire.”
She also appeared as Olivia Benson in a cameo on the sketch comedy program “Saturday Night Live.” The episodes of “Law & Order: SVU” that Hargitay has directed include, to mention a few, “Criminal Stories” (2014), “Padre Sandunguero” (2015), “Sheltered Outcasts” (2016), and “Mea Culpa” (2018).
Mariska Hargitay net worth
Mariska Hargitay is an American actress who has a net worth of $100 million. The current SVU episode compensation for Mariska Hargitay is $500,000 per episode. That is $11 million in basic pay earnings before syndication royalties for a standard 22-episode season. She normally receives $13–15 million per year from Law & Order SVU after bonuses and other considerations.
Mariska Hargitay husband and kids
Peter Hermann, an actor who she met on the set of Law & Order: SVU, where he portrays the recurrent role of defense lawyer Trevor Langan, was married to Hargitay on August 28, 2004, in Santa Barbara, California.
By means of an urgent cesarean operation, Hargitay gave birth to their son on June 28, 2006. She and her husband adopted a girl in April 2011 and were present for the birth.
She and her spouse adopted a boy who was born in 2011 in October of that year. She and her older son starred in a Got Milk? commercial in January 2007.