Mariska Hargitay and Ice T Reflect on 20 Years of Working Together on Law & Order: SVUOn February 23, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
-Our first guests tonight
are the stars of “Law & Order: SVU,”
which returns for its 20th season, Thursday, September 27th, at 9:00 p.m.,
here on NBC. Let’s take a look. -I got winded… chasing that Conway kid,
and I — I had to stop. And now an innocent woman
who’s riding her bike has a broken leg because of —
because of me. -And no matter how much
you suck for air, you couldn’t fill your lungs.
-That’s right. -And your legs felt like lead.
-Bingo. -Welcome to the club. Liv, no one expects you
to be Wonder Woman. -I do. -Yeah, and I used to think
I was Superman. -So what happened, then? -Life. -Please welcome back to the show our friends Mariska Hargitay
and Ice-T, everybody. [ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ ♪♪ -Welcome, you two! I’m thrilled to have you.
That was a perfect clip. Because you are now in your
20th season of this show, and now it’s only fair that
you would be police officers who are also a little bit older.
-A little bit. What was fun about this show is we didn’t have to bring
our walkers on. -Yes.
[ Laughter ] -Thank you so much.
It’s just very hard. We never know where to put them. -Yeah, ’cause it would be
awkward. -So, 20 years of a show. Obviously, it’s still
very appealing for us as an audience
to watch it. Is it still as appealing for
you guys to do it in season 20? -I got to say, for me,
it’s getting better. We’re having more fun and going deeper
and more invested. And it’s pretty incredible
right now. -I think the best thing
about our show is, everybody on our show that we
work with is so wonderful. It’s easy.
You know, I love Mariska. We got along. Just the work environment
is so fun. So it doesn’t seem
like 20 years. It just seems like, you know, you’re going to work,
doing something you love to do. -And people throw the word,
you know, “family” around. But after 20 years…
Well, that’s the real deal. -It’s true.
And it’s the real deal. And so…
-And did you — Were you two
familiar with each other at all 20 years ago, before you got
teamed up on the show? -No, not at all.
-But it was kind of odd. We used to —
Well, trip off this. We both lived —
We could see each other’s house from where we lived
in Los Angeles, but we didn’t know each other. You know,
Mariska lived up the hill a little higher than me,
of course. [ Laughter ] But she would
come down the hill, and then — -And I’d be driving up, going,
“That’s Ice-T’s house. That’s Ice-T’s house.” -But it was just odd.
It was weird. And here we are together.
-Yeah. Meant to be. -I heard you refer to Ice
in interviews and articles as a philosopher king.
-Completely. -Is there advice
he’s imparted upon you over — -There’s so much advice,
but it’s daily. And first of all, you know,
we all get in our — we’re all in our little worlds
that we live in, and I’ve never seen,
in 20 years, this man come to work
in a bad mood, not be grateful, always ready to work,
always ready. He’s never complained. I’ve never heard him complain. Everyone complains.
Who doesn’t complain? I complain.
And he never complains. But, also, I think your gift
is that he has the ability, no matter what
we’re talking about, to distill it down
to its purest essence. -Yeah, I just believe
everybody needs a reference point to [bleep] up,
all right? [ Laughter ] And if you can —
When you’re on a set — We’re on a set.
We’re making movies, and you can feel bad, but I’ve
been through some bad things, so I always use that
as a reference point to be like, “Shut up. Relax.
You’re lucky. You’re fortunate.”
And then — -You’re on a TV show.
-Yeah. -And you’re acting.
-Sitting with Seth. You know what I’m saying?
You got fans. Like, what? You got a lot of nerve
to be upset. So I just bring it right back. And then I try to transfer that
to everybody on the set. Like, “Look,
we’re all very lucky, and let’s just be blessed,
you know? And take advantage of it.” -There you go.
[ Cheers and applause ] -That is the truth.
-That’s great philosophy. -That is the truth.
That is the truth. -What was —
Was there anything that was surprising to you
about Mariska over the years that you maybe didn’t expect? -Well, I think when people
watch her on television, she very rarely does anything
funny on our show. It’s always so ser–
[ Laughter ] Right?
-By the way, that’s good. -There’s so much opportunity.
-Yeah, I was gonna say. “You know,
that was a really funny episode of ‘Special Victims Unit.'” [ Laughter ] -Hey, I’m just telling you. You know,
I watch her on television, and I’m like, “Wow, wow,
she’s dead serious.” But behind the scenes,
she’s crazy. She’s fun to be with.
Nothing but jokes. Not even jokes we can even
tell on television. [ Laughter ] -Did you —
Do you ever listen Ice’s music? -I do.
-Yeah, that’s great. -We share everything. So he’ll come, and he’s so cute.
He’s like a little kid. He’s like,
“Look at my new video,” or, “Listen my new song.”
[ Laughter ] -Well, you know —
-Why is that funny? -I just don’t think
a lot of people think of Body Count as cute. [ Laughter ] -I know.
But I know him differently. -Yeah.
-Yeah, she knows me. -Well, there was one thing cute
about a recent Body Count show. You were in Switzerland, right?
-Yeah. -And you were doing a show. And your daughter, Chanel, was on stage
while you were performing. And that is something
you don’t expect to see. [ Audience “Awws” ] -Yeah, that’s her fake mic.
She got a mic. She gets onstage,
and she rocks out. She’s not afraid of the crowd. And, you know, it’s — I mean, at the end of the day,
this is entertainment. My man over there
from Alice in Chains know. If you’re not having fun,
you’re missing the point. -Yeah.
-You know, that’s what it is. -And what does the audience — Are they surprised
when a child walks on stage? Do they feel like
something’s gone wrong or…? -You know,
what I do in the show, I usually ask who’s the youngest
person in the audience. And they’re usually like 12,
and I say, “I got you beat,” and out comes a 2-year-old. [ Laughter ] -You were traveling, as well. I think you were
in Switzerland, as well. -I was.
-This is your husband. -Oh, wow, we’re whipping out
the Instagram. -Yeah.
-Okay. [ Laughter ] -Is that —
-“Just making some bratwurst.” -Yeah, he is — he’s grilling up
his own bratwurst. -He was. -Is he handy like that
on a trip? -He was this day.
-Okay. [ Laughter ] So this is not
a normal occurrence? -No, no.
Well, no. [ Laughter ] No.
He can grill. -Yeah?
That’s really lovely. -No, he actually cooks
more than I do. This was a special day.
And I have to tell say, this was, I think,
my favorite day of our whole
month-long vacation. -Wow.
-Yeah. -Oh, that’s great.
-It was very beautiful. -It looks beautiful. And he’s a handsome guy
with a good vacation beard. I don’t know
if that’s full-time, but that looks like
a vacation beard to me. -It’s full time.
It’s anytime he’s not working. -Okay, gotcha. -And his hair
looks like a hedgehog. But I enjoy it.
-So, the other interes– [ Laughter ] -What?
Was that weird? -No, no, I think it’s good.
Look, get it out there. Let people
know something about you. -Peter will tell you
what happened later. [ Laughter ] -I’m just saying — whatever.