Mariska Hargitay explains Olivia Benson's love of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
UPI News Service, 10/22/2019
Mariska Hargitay is sharing the origin behind her Law & Order: SVU character's love of supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The 55-year-old actress appeared on Monday's episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers, where she explained how her personal admiration for Ginsburg shows through in Lt. Olivia Benson.
"As [Benson] became lieutenant and I started thinking about who do I look up to, who is Olivia Benson's inspiration, [Ginsburg] is about as superhero as they come," Hargitay said.
"I watched that movie [RBG] and it changed my life. I could watch that movie on a loop," she added, referencing a 2018 documentary about Ginsburg. "So whenever I want to say 'I can't,' I say, 'Actually, I can.'"
Hargitay has played Benson since Law & Order: SVU's premiere in 1999. She appeared on the debut episode of The Law & Order: SVU Podcast featuring host Anthony Roman in September following the show's Season 21 premiere.
Hargitay had reunited for a Sunday dinner with her former co-star Christopher Meloni, who portrayed Det. Elliot Stabler, earlier in the month.
On Late Night, Hargitay also discussed how she once got fired from a Power Rangers movie.
"I think her name was Dulcea or Dulcinea. I was so excited because I was going to Australia to play this queen," the star recalled.
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"I was there for November and then December and then we were getting close to Christmas, and they had me on hold a lot," she said. "Finally around December 21st I said, 'Guys, this is great, but you kept me on hold too long. I gotta go. It's Christmas! I think that's only fair.' So I go home and January 3rd, I call them. I'm like, 'Okay, I'm ready!' They're like, 'Sweetie, you're good. Don't worry about it.'"
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