I'm living every ten-year-old boy's fantasy. The other day, Chris and I had this big scene where we had to pull out our guns, and I was thinking, 'Here we are in New York City - a place where every actor wants to be - and we are literally playing cops and robbers. How great is that?'— Mariska Hargitay
The most sentimental Mariska Hargitay quotes to get the best of your day
It's a life's journey of finding ourselves, finding our power, and living for yourself, not for everyone else.
Chocolate is the first luxury. It has so many things wrapped up in it: Deliciusness in the moment, childhood memories, and that grin-inducing feeling of getting a reward for being good.
Yes. I did more research than I ever wanted to and saw some things I wish I didn't. I went on ride-alongs, spent time with Homicide, Cold Case, and SVU detectives, hung out in subways learning how to spot pervs and pick-pockets, viewed an autopsy, went to a police firing range, and witnessed court cases and I read, read, read.
Your body is not who you are. I don't think women should label themselves based on the way they look. What about defining yourself by a different kind of measurement? What about your heart, your soul, your compassion, your generosity, your strength and your power? There are so many other things to focus on besides your waistline.
If I can play a little part in the world's healing, and making it a better place than when I came, then I just thank God for that chance.
People who overcome their fears every day, without fanfare, without recognition.
Quiet, everyday courage, that’s what I admire most.
Just smiling at someone walking down the street can make the person's day.
It's all about paying it forward.
Sexual assault and domestic violence are difficult things to talk about. Talk about them anyway.
Healing takes time, and asking for help is a courageous step.
Being sexy is just one part of being a woman and an actress. But if the part calls for sexy...
The message I got from my father was that life is hard, but you just don't quit.
I am grateful that I didn't let fear get the best of me. It only holds you back from possibilities and greatness. You've got to kick fear to the side, because the payoff is huge.
In life you have two choices. You can laugh or you can cry. You have to laugh, you have to.
You survived the abuse, you’re going to survive the recovery.
Adoption was a bumpy ride - very bumpy. But, God, was it worth the fight.
You know how you wake up in the morning and sometimes you look gorgeous and other times you look like you got hit by a mack truck? I realized that my mack truck is food. If I have no sugar, yeast or wine, I have no undereye bags and my skin is perfect.
I've always heard that you'll know, but I never understood it.
With Peter, we even broke up after we dated for a year, for two or three months, but I still knew. I knew there was something different about this union. Even through the hard times, it was like "How are we going to get through this?
These days we don’t have to fit into something other people think we are.
We’ve leveled the playing field, life is inclusive. I’m a mom, sex detective, wife, fearless, gentle — we can now, with grace, be all of what we are.
We're all connected. Helping another woman is helping yourself, your mother, your sister, your children.
I get very excited about my double stroller.
Every time I look at it, I get a shot of adrenaline and joy because I think, This is real!
There's so much that you can get mad about. Out of self-preservation, I focus on being grateful.
If you stop for one second and do something, everyone is happy.
You pay it forward and it comes back to you twelve-fold.
When I read the script sometimes, it's like 'Christ! Enough!' I can't sleep at night sometimes. There's the occasional script that just hammers you, that you can't shower off.
I'm just grateful that my body is healthy.
I want to be on this planet for a long time, so I try to eat things that make me feel good and make me strong. But I also love food and I love life: Some days having that extra bowl of pasta and a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup means more to me than being thin.
I think people were expecting me to be that kind of glamorous sexpot.
So they were always, Wow you're not what I expected.
I'm an L.A. girl who became a tough New York cop.
I'm a big believer that your word is your wand.
You know how people say things like, 'Oh my gosh, I'm such an idiot.' I don't say things like that anymore. Those put-downs, even if they're in jest, are little bullets of negativity that you don't need in your life.
I wasn't at all trying to be skinny, My Mom is Jayne Mansfield, I'm allowed to have curves.
I have so much love that I didn't even know about.
Fifty years ago my Mother stood on this stage accepting this award;
She was fortunate enough to have my Dad with her. Fifty years later, I'm fortunate enough to have my Dad with me. I love you, Dad.
I want to be a fun mom. Not a gasping for air mom.
When you see a girl like me bustin' perps, there ain't no time to be pretty.
A guy at ABC told me to change my name and get a nose job. I said 'You get a nose job.'
To me, the definition of sexy - at any age - is strength and confidence.
They say that the average lifespan of an SVU detective is 4 years.
People can't do it longer than that because it's so difficult.
Our early dating life consisted of trying to figure out whether we were dating.
Kids who drink alcohol, fairly regularly before they're 14 have a 48% chance.
.. of becoming alcoholics.
Over half a million women are raped in this country every year, and only a fraction of them report it because they're too ashamed. It’s a really screwed up world, but its not your fault, and what happened to you, it doesn't make you the monster.
When my body is strong, I feel stronger inside.
I feel more capable of handling emotional situations. Usually I'm more of a inside-out person, but this was a great case of me from the outside in.
As an actress, there were so many months, years even, when I didn't get work, when I wanted to quit.
If I eat clean, I look 10 years younger.
Being fearless means busting down those walls of fear and being who you are, not who someone else thinks you are. People like to put others in a box and tell them what they can and cannot do or who they can and cannot be. No one can tell you who you are and what you are made of, only you yourself know what you are made of, and only you yourself can do the work to become who you want to be.
You should've seen my big hair in the 80's, that was a real project.
My Dad taught me that good health is all about living in gratitude.
I'm a size 8, and I feel proud of that, because it's healthy.
I've never felt compelled to be a skinny actress.
Humor is about perspective, and hanging out with people who see life through a similar lens is so important.
The definition of inspire is 'to fill with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.' There you have it: Jeffrey Bilhuber inspires me. I watch him make his magic, and I want to do the same. Those are always my favorite people, the ones who are so alive in the practice of their art that I want to jump in and join the fun.
When I was pregnant, I was so huge and people on the bus would get up for me.
That made me feel so precious and valued and valuable. I try to treat everyone like they're pregnant.
No one can tell you who you are and what you are made of, only you yourself know what you are made of, and only you yourself can do the work to become who you want to be.