Actress Mariska Hargitay Helps Reunite Lost Girl with Mother in NYC Park

Mariska Hargitay, known for playing Olivia Benson on 'Law & Order: SVU', paused filming to help a lost child reunite with her mother, highlighting the positive impact of celebrities using their influence for good.

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Actress Mariska Hargitay Helps Reunite Lost Girl with Mother in NYC Park

Actress Mariska Hargitay Helps Reunite Lost Girl with Mother in NYC Park

Mariska Hargitay, the actress known for her role as Olivia Benson on the TV show 'Law & Order : Special Victims Unit', was mistaken for a real police officer while filming in a New York City park on April 10, 2024. During a break in filming, a young girl who had become separated from her mother approached Hargitay, believing she was an actual officer.

Hargitay, who was wearing a police badge as part of her costume, immediately began helping the lost child. She took a 20-minute break from filming with her co-star Ice-T to help search the park for the girl's mother. Hargitay and the show's crew were able to locate the mother and reunite her with her daughter.

Photos captured Hargitay consoling both the child and her mother after the successful reunion. The incident occurred while Hargitay and the 'Law & Order: SVU' cast were filming the final episodes of the show's 25th season in Fort Tryon Park.

Why this matters: Hargitay's real-life heroic act highlights the positive impact celebrities can have when using their influence for good. It also underscores the importance of community members looking out for one another, especially in times of need.

Hargitay has portrayed the character of Olivia Benson, a dedicated and compassionate detective, since the series premiered in 1999. She has said that her character's strong and fearless traits have influenced her own life, making her more resilient in crisis situations. "I sometimes slip into Olivia's persona, especially when someone needs help," Hargitay explained. "It's like a motherly instinct kicks in and I just do what needs to be done."

'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' was recently picked up for its 26th season, making it the longest-running primetime drama series in American television history. Hargitay's character Olivia Benson holds the record for the longest-running character on any primetime drama series.

The incident in Fort Tryon Park exemplifies how Hargitay's portrayal of the iconic detective has not only resonated with fans but has also shaped her behavior in real life. Her ability to quickly step into the role of a helpful authority figure and prioritize the safety of a child in need showcases the positive influence of her long-

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  • Mariska Hargitay mistaken for real cop while filming 'SVU'
  • Hargitay helped reunite lost child with mother during break
  • Hargitay's real-life heroism reflects her character's influence
  • 'SVU' renewed for 26th season, Benson is longest-running character
  • Hargitay's actions showcase positive impact of celebrity influence