“Mariska Hargitay Assists Lost Child on ‘SVU’ Set, Mistaken for Real Police Officer”

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**On Duty Off Screen: Mariska Hargitay’s Heroic Act During “Law & Order: SVU” Filming**

New York City – In an extraordinary collision of fiction and reality, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” star Mariska Hargitay found herself stepping into the shoes of her on-screen character, Captain Olivia Benson, off the camera while filming in New York City. Hargitay was approached by a young girl in distress, mistaking her for a real police officer. This incident mirrors a previous real-life situation in 2021 where the show’s influence played a significant role.

During a break in filming at a local park, Hargitay was approached by a young girl who had been separated from her mother. The child, seeing Hargitay in her “SVU” attire, believed she was an actual NYPD officer.

Demonstrating her innate kindness and the leadership qualities she embodies as Olivia Benson, Hargitay halted production to assist the young fan. With her help, a potentially frightening situation for the girl was diffused, and she was swiftly reunited with her mother.

This isn’t the first time the long-running crime drama has had an impact beyond its narrative. In 2021, an 11-year-old fan of the show utilized strategies and knowledge gained from watching “SVU” to escape an attempted abduction, showcasing the real-world influence the show and Hargitay’s character can have.

Mariska Hargitay, beyond her acting career, is an advocate for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse through her foundation, the Joyful Heart Foundation, further blurring the lines between her role on TV and her actions in reality. This recent act of kindness in New York City exemplifies how Hargitay brings the spirit of Olivia Benson into the real world, proving that heroes can exist both on-screen and off.

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