Christopher Meloni may have left Law & Order: SVU years back, but the bond he has with his former TELEVISION partner Mariska Hargitay runs deep still to this day. In a benefit clip from his interview with James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio, Meloni opens about dealing with Hargitay for those 12 seasons of SVU and reveals why the writers never ever “went there” with Detectives Stabler and Benson.
That makes it just so much simpler, and off camera as well,” Meloni said. “There’s a lot to be stated for that when you’re working with somebody for 16 hours a day, you better get along when the video cameras aren’t rolling as well as when it is.
The two recently reunited (and posted selfies naturally). Benson and Stabler might not be together on screen anymore, however as Meloni kept in mind, that bond extended off screen.
Meloni and Hargitay spent 12 seasons as Stabler and Benson together prior to Meloni left the show in between the 12th and 13th seasons. There was tension (physical and emotional) between the detectives, obviously, however crossing that line from partners to something more wouldn’t have actually worked, Meloni stated when asked if producers wished to pair them up romantically.
Exactly what do you think SVU diehards? Click play on the video above for more from Meloni about working with Hargitay on SVU.
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Catch Meloni’s Inside the Actors Studio episode on Thursday, March 31 at 8 p.m. on Bravo. Law & Order: SVU airs Wednesdays, 9 p.m. on NBC.
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