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Mariska Hargitay on Olivia Benson: Actress Reveals how role made her want to help others

March 6, 2015
Regina Avalos

Mariska Hargitay is speaking out on Olivia Benson and the impact the role has had on her life in a new interview with People Magazine. Hargitay has portrayed Benson for the last 16 years on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and the role has changed her life.

Just five years after the actress took on the role and the series, she started the Joyful Heart Foundation. The national organization works with survivors of violent crimes, and the organization has now joined forces with the No More campaign. This new campaign is trying to raise awareness about domestic violence after several high profile cases made headlines in the media over the last year.

Hargitay shared about her work with Joyful Heart Foundation with People Magazine. Playing the role of Olivia Benson made her want to help survivors of abuse and violent crimes.


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