For the first 12 years of Law & Order: SVU’s record-setting run, nothing made fans of the show happier than seeing detectives Stabler and Benson working together. The professional and personal chemistry between the two characters — and actors Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay, who played them — was palpable. When Meloni left the show, he was missed by Hargitay, Benson, and viewers alike, so when he returned last year in a recurring role (coinciding with the premiere of his own show, Law & Order: Organized Crime), everyone was overjoyed. And even though a decade had passed, reigniting those sparks between the characters seemed to be as easy as getting back on a bicycle. How did Meloni feel about coming back into the “Law & Order” universe and working with Hargitay again? He told us he loved the excitement of approaching these old characters in a whole new light. (Click on the media bar below to hear Christopher Meloni)
Law & Order: Organized Crime airs Thursdays (after SVU) on NBC, and you can expect to see him on a few episodes of SVU this season, too.