Why Christopher Meloni didn't want Benson and Stabler to end up together on 'Law & Order: SVU'
It's been the best of times for Olivia Benson Mariska Hargitay recently, but it's also been the worst of times for some of her biggest fans. Ed Tucker Robert John Burke in the final moments of last week's episode.
Although some were happy to see a man in Benson's life above the age of 5 — sorry, Noah — others vehemently objected to the pairing. I think for the first dozen years on this show, he was Javert from Les Miz — the relentless, evil prosecutor who couldn't see the good in anyone.
The show had a tendency to be a little more black-and-white so he was a bad guy. A lot of what my now-ending reign has been about is about going for the grey and over time, I think Olivia had come to see him differently.
Fans can't be completely to blame. First introduced on the show in , Tucker was frequently seen as a thorn in SVU's side.
So they say, 'Well, he arrested Olivia. We perceive it as unjust because these guys are our heroes but he's doing his job. It's the dedication to doing the right thing no matter what that he shares with Olivia. Although Leight is well aware it would have been easier to simply introduce an entirely new character to date Benson, he was inspired by previous Tucker appearances to take their relationship to a deeper level.
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Mariska Hargitay on Her Former SVU Partner: Chris Meloni Made Me Better | E! News
Share On tumblr Share On tumblr. Share On link Share On link. Share On copy Share On copy. Right from the first episode, they clicked. These two could communicate so much with a simple look.
Their dialogue could be lovingly sassy.
And they both had their own unique ways of showing that they cared about each other. While Elliot's consisted of giving off a protective vibe.
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Like any long-term partnership, this one wasn't without friction, and at times things were really tense between them. Tension was especially high in "Wrath. But at the end of the day, they had each other's backs. There was a fair amount of good communication in this partnership: Liv didn't hesitate to tell Elliot when he needed to step off.
Or call him out when his compassion and understanding were lacking.
To celebrate the start of the landmark 16 th season, the Emmy and Golden Globe winner took the hotseat opposite James Lipton for Inside the Actors Studio. No topics were off the table, naturally, and Hargitay opened up about everything from her former partner Christopher Meloni and how she got into Benson's skin all those years ago.
To prepare for the role of Benson, Hargitay shadowed cops. She learned how to shoot a gun—she's a good aim too—and said she's now adept at spotting pickpockets. So really, don't try anything.
Viewers will recall for 12 years she shared the screen with Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler. The actor left the show before season 13, riling fans of the beloved partners. He is a truth-teller; he's committed to the truth at all costs. I loved his passion and commitment…He made me better and I love him. I loved acting with him and I love him as a person. Mariska on the evolution of Olivia Benson. SVU kicks off on Wednesday, Sept. She's got a new detective amongst the ranks and a new baby at home.
She's still taking care of foster baby Noah, but he's put in jeopardy in the season 16 premiere. And 16 years later, Harigtay is more in love with her job than ever before. This character has evolved, which is the most exciting part of it. I feel in many ways she's a new character because she's gone through so much that has truly transformed her.
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