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Why Mariska Hargitay Considers Law & Order: SVU Her "Calling"

May 23, 2017
Chris Harnick

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."

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The Conversation from Sunday's #NOMOREexcuses SVU Marathon

September 1, 2015 | BY LendonEbbels | FILED UNDER JHF BLOG >
On August 30, we partnered with USA Network, Characters Unite and NO MORE to host a new Law & Order: Special Victims Unit #NOMOREexcuses marathon to end domestic violence and sexual assault. Check out the social recap from Storify.
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Prioritizing Yourself

The season premiere of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is fast approaching and many are waiting in anticipation to find out what happens to Detective Olivia Benson. For some, witnessing the ordeal she endures could be painful, as it can be an all too-real depiction of a personal experience.
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