Mariska Hargitay plays iconic Captain Olivia Benson on the NBC series, Law & Order: SVU. She recently paid tribute to her newest detective of the squad, Katriona “Kat” Azar Tamin, who is played by Jamie Gray Hyder.
Fans have reacted well to Kat’s entry on the team, and the cast members have responded pretty great, too.
Hargitay is known for sharing behind the scenes images from the set of SVU with her many loyal fans. After all, she has directed a few episodes, and does hold the cause behind the show close to her heart.
Let’s read on to find out how fans are reacting.
She recently shared a photo of both herself and of Hyder. The two are embracing, and kissing the air, with their eyes closed. It’s this epic scene that fans are going wild over.
The post has a bunch of hashtags in true Hargitay style. The woman knows how to hashtag. Fans are always here for it.
“Teaching the little one how it’s done #InTheTrenches #MamaBearBenson #NewCubInTown #CaptainAndKat #LivLaughLove #LivKatLove #StickWithMe #YoungGrasshopper #SVU21,” Hargitay captioned the post.
Of course, Hyder had to respond:
Learning from the best ???✨
In direct response to the post, Ali Wentworth replied:
HEY I’M THE ONLY WOMAN YOU’RE ALLOWED TO KISS!
In 2012, Ali Wentworth set the internet on fire. She kissed Mariska Hargitay on the red carpet of the Joyful Revolution Gala in New York City.
Now, just who is Wentworth? Well, she’s the author of Ali in Wonderland, a collection of short and humorous stories about her life, as well as the WASP Cookbook, which she summarizes best as being WASP family recipes, spiced up with commentaries on life.
She grew up in D.C., with politically inclined parents, and she’s had a ton of performances for really famous people. She’s also been in Seinfield, Jerry Maguire, It’s Complicated, and Big Daddy. There’s probably more, but you know.
This fueled fans amusement over the post, and had fans volunteering to be the next person that Mariska Hargitay kisses.
Fans were commenting that they’ve never ‘laughed so hard’, as you can see below:
@therealaliwentworth hahaha omg yassssss
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@therealaliwentworth I’ve never laughed so hard????
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Other fans, were offering to be next in line:
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i volunteer to be a little one next
And this, of course, set off a whole “you’ll have to get in line and wait like the rest of us” good-natured feud in the comments.
And of course you had a reply from the official NBC SVU account–
Best mentor in town. ?
We agree, definitely the best mentor in town.
The post shows that Hargitay clearly feels like she’s the mama bear on the set. She’s been on the series since it started, so it does make sense that she would feel this way. But also, it just goes to show, Benson’s personality isn’t all acting.
We know, from experience, that Mariska Hargitay takes a lot of time to get into her role as Benson, and that perhaps the role bled out into her real life, or her real life bled into the role; whatever the case, she is on the frontlines of many different organizations to ensure that SVU is accurate, and that she is doing something in the real world to help stop domestic abuse.