03:53 PM EDT 05/21/2015
Originally posted 01/19/2010 01:45PM
After battling all manner of adversity – losing her mother at 3 years old, struggling with mountains of debt as a young woman – Mariska Hargitay felt blessed to find success on NBC's Law & Order: SVU. Which is why she's peeved that the show had to suffer to make room for Jay Leno's low-rated prime-time program.
Being moved to 9 p.m. "ruined our numbers," the actress tells More magazine in its February issue. "Nobody knew when the show was on. Finally, we're starting to find our audience again."
She adds: "I hope we go back to where we belong. It was doing so well. Why mess with it?"
Hargitay, who turns 46 on Saturday, also touches on her personal life, from her family (she married actor Peter Hermann in 2004, and they have a 3-year-old son, August) to her self-image and financial worries.
Originally posted 07/09/2009 03:00PM
The collapsed lung that sent Mariska Hargitay from the set of Law & Order: SVU to the hospital last October involved emotional as well as physical wounds the 45-year-old carries from childhood.
In 1967, at age 3, Hargitay was asleep in the backseat of a car that crashed and killed her 34-year-old mother, '50s sex symbol Jayne Mansfield. "Losing my mother at such an early age is the scar of my soul," Hargitay, speaking for the first time in detail about her injuries, tells the August issue of Redbook. "But I feel like it ultimately made me into the person I am today."
What Hargitay remembers of her recent injury was landing wrong while "doing a stunt chasing a bad guy." The moment she hit the crash pad, she sensed something was wrong. "At first I thought I had the wind knocked out of me."
Originally posted 06/29/2009 06:00PM
After months of reportedly tense contract negotiations, Emmy winner Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni – stars of Law & Order: SVU – have agreed to return to the popular NBC crime drama for another season, a rep for the show tells PEOPLE.
The agreement means that starting in the fall, SVU will begin its 11th season with Hargitay and Meloni as stars. While terms of the deal have not been disclosed, both stars were reportedly earning $385,000 per episode before a new deal was struck.
Originally posted 05/19/2009 07:00AM
Since January, when her rep announced Mariska Hargitay had suffered a partially collapsed lung, information about the nature of the Law & Order: SVU's star condition has been scant, until now.
During a dinner in Manhattan for the American Ballet Theater on Monday, Hargitay, 45, told PEOPLE: "I've been doing my own stunts on the show for 10 years. I fell wrong, basically. I collapsed my lung doing a stunt."
Hargitay underwent surgery in January, then returned to work on her NBC series soon after – only to check back into the hospital on March 3, at which time her rep said: "She is undergoing routine tests and expects to be feeling better soon."
Originally posted 05/06/2009 02:30PM
Mariska Hargitay is back in the spotlight for the first time since being sidelined by a partially collapsed lung, and doing better than ever.
"I'm doing great," Hargitay told PEOPLE at The Joyful Heart Foundation gala in New York City Tuesday. "I'm feeling so much better and I'm lucky because I'm really strong and recuperated pretty quickly."
Hargitay, 45, who underwent surgery in January and checked back into the hospital on March 3, says her actor husband Peter Hermann, 41, and son August, 2, helped her push through the difficult period with their special type of medicine: humor.
"They made me laugh and they just loved me up," the Law & Order: SVU star said. "My son enjoys to laugh like me."
Originally posted 03/23/2009 06:50AM
After a nearly three-week absence, Mariska Hargitay is scheduled to return to the set of Law & Order: SVU on Monday, a rep for NBC confirms to PEOPLE.
Hargitay, 44, underwent surgery for a partially collapsed lung in early January, but returned to work later that month. She went back into the hospital again on March 3 and has been sidelined ever since. The Emmy winner has not revealed the cause of her ailment.
On March 9, Hargitay's rep issued a statement to say, "Mariska is recovering well and is expected to return to SVU in the next couple of weeks."
Originally posted 03/09/2009 01:00PM
Law & Order: SVU star Ice-T was surprised to hear that his costar, Mariska Hargitay, was re-hospitalized Tuesday night after she had returned to the set so quickly – less than a month – after undergoing surgery in January for a partially collapsed lung.
On Monday, the actress's rep issued a statement saying, "Mariska is recovering well and is expected to return to SVU in the next couple of weeks."
But Ice-T expects his costar to be back in filming shape soon. "When she came back last time it was like nothing ever happened. She's very resilient. This woman is a hard worker; she works 14 hours a day. I don't know what you know about episodic drama television, but it's like a movie that never ends," the Grammy-winning rapper and actor, 51, told PEOPLE Thursday at the VH1 Save the Music Foundation event, co-sponsored by LG Mobile Phones.
On the topic of Hargitay, 45, Ice-T cited her desire to downplay any hardships she might be facing. "Mariska is the type of woman that if you walk up and say, 'How are you?' She's almost like a guy and is like, 'Yeah, yeah, I'm all right.'
"It's almost as if you insult her. She doesn't want you to feel sorry for her, she's like, 'I'm on my feet.' "
Originally posted 03/04/2009 02:30PM
Emmy winner Mariska Hargitay was hospitalized Tuesday night, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.
"Mariska Hargitay went to the hospital this morning after experiencing some discomfort relating to her earlier lung condition," says the rep for the Law & Order: SVU star. "She is undergoing routine tests and expects to be feeling better soon. Production will not be affected."
Originally posted 01/26/2009 06:35PM
Mariska Hargitay has returned to the Law & Order: SVU set, two weeks after news broke that the actress had suffered a partially collapsed lung.
"She's back at work," her rep confirms. A rep for the production company also confirmed that Hargitay was on SVU's set as of Monday afternoon.
Hargitay's absence caused filming to cease last week, according to sources. Although she was nominated for both a Golden Globe and a SAG award for her role as Det. Olivia Benson, Hargitay was absent from both of those awards ceremonies this month.
Originally posted 01/14/2009 04:40PM
Law & Order: SVU is back in production, but sources tell PEOPLE that the show's lead actress, Mariska Hargitay, who suffered a partially collapsed lung during the show's holiday hiatus, has not yet returned to work.
On Monday, the star's rep released a statement saying "Mariska Hargitay has been sidelined with a pneumothorax (a partially collapsed lung)," adding that in spite of her condition, the 44-year-old actress "will appear in all episodes for the rest of the season of Law & Order: SVU."
The rep has not said why Hargitay hasn't returned to the set, or given any indication how long her illness will keep her away.
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