When producer Dick Wolf announced a spin-off series from his wildly successful Law & Order back in the last millennium, he felt confident that he was getting a quality female lead in Mariska Hargitay, who was just coming off a recurring role on ER at the time. Twenty-one years later, his choice has been validated over and over and over again. Not only has Hargitay done a phenomenal job as Olivia Benson over the years, but Wolf likely couldn’t have picked an actress who would be more passionate and dedicated about the role, the show, and its mission. With the show still going strong, Wolf is amazed — and gratified — that Hargitay is just as excited about the show as the day it premiered. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dick Wolf)
Law & Order: SVU airs Thursdays at 10/9c on NBC.