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For Mariska Hargitay, playing Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU is more than just a job, it's a calling.
"Every day I get on my knees and thank God for this opportunity. It's not lost on me that God gave me this opportunity, this platform to speak about these issues. I really feel like it was a calling, it's not an accident I came on this show," Hargitay told E! News at The Joyful Heart Foundation gala. "I always wanted to be on service, but it's hard. You say, ‘What do I do? How do I be of service?' and this was an opportunity."
The sweet hint of pikake and gardenias in the air was one of the many ways Hawai‘i was well represented as more than 500 members of the Joyful Heart community came together for the annual Joyful Revolution Gala: The Conversation Is Now in Session at Spring Studios in New York City on Wednesday, May 6.