SVU crime-fighting team of Benson and Stabler - but dark clouds are brewing. The long days - up to 15 hours - on set have helped Hargitay and Meloni form a bond that goes far beyond their screen characters.
Both are married with children. Meloni and his wife, Doris Sherman Williams, have two children: Sophia, who turns 9 this month, and Dante, 6. Hargitay and Meloni have even bought a holiday beach property together for shared family vacations.
On set they talk of themselves as pseudo husband and wife, or brother and sister. Hargitay and Meloni, on the New York set of the show, dropped the bombshell. Meloni will walk from the show at the end of the next season. The writers will have fertile ground to figure out how to arc him Elliot out to another place. I mean, Jesus Christ, every day you get used to getting up early and working these hours.
Hargitay suffered a partially collapsed lung in December after falling during a stunt. She had surgery in January and again in March last year to repair the damage. A few months later, she and Meloni were in the news again when their employer, NBC, threatened to sack them during contract renegotiations.
The dispute was settled after two months and their contracts were renewed for two more years. I had every intention of coming back, I needed it to be a little different. I might be done. Her desire to live in and for the present stems from a traumatic childhood. Her mother, Hollywood bombshell Jayne Mansfield, died in a car crash in She was left with a zig-zag scar across one side of her head.
Raised by her Hungarian-born father Mickey Hargitay, a former Mr Universe, and his third wife, Hargitay says the incident was partly behind her desire to do charity work when she was about These are genuine emotions and were the impetus for her establishing the Joyful Heart Foundation in , an umbrella organisation for groups working with women and children who have been sexually abused.