Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann have been married for more than 18 years, during which time they have raised three kids together—two adopted and one biological.
It makes sense that the “Law and Order: SVU” star always looks for new methods to strike a balance between her personal and professional lives. She still describes having her family around as “pleasant chaos,” though.
Most people immediately think of Olivia Benson from NBC’s “Law and Order: SVU” when they hear Mariska Hargitay’s name. Along with bringing her popularity, the play also aided her in meeting her true love, co-star Peter Hermann.
Mariska Hargitay will never forget the day she met Peter. She admitted on The Drew Barrymore Show that she was apprehensive when she first saw him.
In November 2001, Hermann appeared on the program as a guest star during its third season. Eventually, they got married, and it wasn’t until much later that Hargitay talked openly about her first feelings for Hermann.
Hermann was so attractive on set that Hargitay claims she initially found him “distracting” before she ultimately warmed up to him.
Hargitay remembered, “He was really handsome, and it was distracting.” Then, when he returned the other day, all the producers gave me their whole attention. I had never before treated somebody that way. It was amusing because I was 35 and single, and my friends were telling me to get out more because nobody would show up on my program and propose to me.
Mariska and Peter Herman had been happily wed for 18 years at this time. But he made her weep during their first date.
A few months after they initially met, they went on their first date, which they had at a church. The unusual date must have been helpful to the couple because Hargitay realized Hermann was the one for her at that point. The actress has also admitted that she cried throughout the sermon because she experienced a first-time emotion for Hermann.
In the end, the couple wed in Santa Barbara in August 2004 in front of 200 guests. The loving couple celebrated 18 years of blissful marriage in August 2022.
The two still have the energy to dance the night away, even after 18 years. Even more recently, they shared a video of themselves dancing together at a friend’s western-themed wedding.
After being posted, the video understandably became popular online. Celebrity friends and colleagues congratulated the couple and praised their dancing in their comments.
The couple is unequivocally demonstrating that you are not required to be young to be in a fulfilling relationship.
Mickey Hargitay and Jayne Mansfield’s daughter Mariska Hargitay was born on January 23, 1964, in Santa Monica, California.
With two devoted parents, it was meant to be a beautiful upbringing. However, Jayne, Mariska’s mother, tragically died in an accident when Mariska was 3 years old.
In 2009, she admitted to Redbook that “losing my mum at such a young age is the scar of my soul.” “However, I believe that in the end, it helped to shape who I am now. I am aware of life’s journey. I had to experience what I did in order to be here.
She has always been aware of the terrible accident, and she will always remember her mother. Mariska Hargitay, on the other hand, has a radically different perspective on the incident and claims there was no accident at all.
In an interview with James Lipton from 2014, Hargitay claimed that there are no accidents. Furthermore, I think God has a plan. I don’t comprehend it, but I do believe in it. And I discovered how to accept reality as it is.
The star of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay and her husband Peter Hermann were determined to have a big family when they were ready to start a family.
The couple had their first kid in 2006. Mariska, who was 42 at the time, underwent an emergency cesarean surgery to deliver their son.
“I don’t like surgery… Nevertheless, I wanted a healthy baby, she added.
August is a name that has been used by members of the Hermann family for more than 200 years; it comes from Peter’s side of the family.
Mariska and Peter’s sole biological child is August.
The Law and Order actress questioned whether she would be able to conceive again after the birth of her first kid.
Hargitay had considered adoption as a solution before, ever since she was a young girl. In 2010, the adoption process began, although it was a difficult one.
Mariska Hargitay trusted on God solely.
“Because I firmly believe that so much is in God’s hands, I was genuinely letting the cards fall as they may. I have always said, “I don’t know how this will turn out. I’m not sure if I’ll become pregnant and have twins. I’m not sure,'” she said in 2012.
“If someone were to leave a child at my door, But I genuinely believed that Peter and I would adopt a kid in the future. That was always included in the strategy.
They had no idea that their second child would nearly land on their laps. After being present for Amaya Josephine’s birth in 2011, they adopted her.
Black biological mother admitted to the couple that she was confident about her decision.
“I know this is correct, she said. You are the mother of this child.
A year after Amaya’s birth, Mariska said, “I basically dragged Amaya out.” “Peter and I held her, and then I gave the birth mother a lengthy hug. That had real depth. One of the most significant experiences of my life occurred at that time.
A second son, Andrew Nicholas, was born to Hargitay and Hermann a few months after they adopted Amaya.
When Mariska and Peter’s adoption lawyer called to inform them that a baby boy was up for adoption, they didn’t think twice. In 2011, a two-month-premature baby named Andrew was welcomed into the family.
At the time, the first son August, who was then four and a half years old, also fell in love with the new member of their family.
She remarked, “He’s over the moon.” He refers to her as his baby and claims that the whole thing was his idea. He frequently discusses how he will defend her. He’s going to make a fantastic older brother.
Mariska grew closer to the parent she lost so young when she became a mother since she was so young when her mother died.
She remarked, “My life is being a wife and mother, and that brings me the most joy. “I now have a fresh understanding of [my mother] that brings me comfort. I feel closer to her because I now understand the love she had for herself.
Today, Mariska’s kids are much bigger. August, 16, is a high school student. The main reason why his position has been different from that of the other students at his school is because Mariska found it difficult to juggle her demanding acting schedule with being a mother.
“I feel envious of those folks who get to drop August off and pick him up at school. Going to his school and not knowing the parents is difficult for me. It’s a community and they all know each other, Mariska once admitted.
As of right now, Amaya Josephine Hermann is eleven years old, and Mariska claims that her daughter has a very strong personality.
My daughter is my boss,” Mariska declared, adding:
She is extremely resilient, and I am inspired by her independence.
Mariska has also disclosed how Amaya has defended her 10-year-old brother Andrew from bullying.
We adopted Amaya, and Andrew, who I frequently compare to an angel who descended from the skies, said Mariska.
Mariska and her husband generally attempt to keep their kids out of the spotlight, but occasionally Amaya and her siblings can be seen on Mariska’s Instagram page, where she frequently posts images of her kids.