Inside Mariska Hargitay’s Sweet Bond With ‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Star Christopher Meloni and His Family

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: The “Law & Order” franchise is still going strong and here to stay as 2024 begins with a bang. January will see the release of season 25 of “Law & Order: SVU”, “Law & Order” with season 23 and of course season 4 of “Law & Order: Organized Crime”, which means fan favorite Christopher Meloni. will also return as Elliot Stabler.

As the anticipation for “Law & Order: Organized Crime” season 4 grows, attention is shifting to the actors and a bit to their personal lives.

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With Meloni at the center, his friendship with Mariska Hargitay stands out as Hargitay plays an important role in the lives of Meloni, his wife, Sherman Williams, and their children.

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“Law & Order: Organized Crime” actor Christopher Meloni married Sherman Williams in 1995 and shared two children, Sophia and Dante.

Meloni’s wife, Williams, is a production designer and art director. Although her work may differ from her husband’s, their careers are a testament to their love for art.

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In an interview with People, Meloni spoke about his wife and said, “It’s her patience with me, and I mean it.” She allowed me to grow at my own pace because she was always more mature and level-headed in many ways.

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Inside Mariska Hargitay’s Connection to Christopher Meloni and His Family

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Aside from being Olivia Benson on-screen in “Law & Order: SVU,” Mariska Hargitay shares a special bond with Christopher Meloni and his family. Meloni and his wife welcomed their first child Sophia in 2001 and Hargitay was crowned in the role of his godmother.

Hargitay also shared her remarks on Meloni and Sherman Williams’ relationship, in addition to what being a godmother means to her. In an interview with People, Hargitay said, “The birth of his first child and knowing about his incredible, strong relationship with his wife, before having him for myself.”

She added, “I think Chris and Sherman played a really big role for me, seeing this really stable couple who loved each other.”


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Although Meloni and Hargitay work in different parts of “Law & Order,” their friendship continues to grow off-screen.

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