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Mariska Hargitay: Adoption Was a 'Very Bumpy' Ride

Mariska Hargitay: Adoption Was a 'Very Bumpy' Ride

Mariska Hargitay opens up about adoption in Good Housekeeping‘s May issue, on newsstands April 10.

Here’s what the 48-year-old Law & Order: SVU star had to share:

On a heartbreaking loss during a previous adoption process: “I”m not gonna lie. There were wrenching moments. I say to everybody, ‘Adoption is not for the faint of heart.’ The long and short of it: the birth mother changed her mind. It was nothing short of devastating. But … this is what I’ve come to understand about life: It was probably the greatest, happiest ending. I mean, it was so painful for us, but it was deeply joyful and deeply right for her.”

On her daughter Amaya Josephine: “[This one] was kind of … storybook. It was almost too good to be true. I basically pulled Amaya out. [My husband] Peter and I held her, and then the birth mother and I hugged for a long time. That was profound. That was one of the most meaningful moments I’ve ever had in my life.”

On son Andrew: “I don’t really know what to say about it, other than it was a no-brainer. Peter and I both thought, ‘Let’s do it! I’m in! It was like a miracle. And I don’t use that word lightly. I’ve never made a bigger decision so quickly. The whole thing happened in a total of two days … Adoption was a bumpy ride – very bumpy. But, God, was it worth the fight.”

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  • Angelove

    Adoption ROCKS!!! So happy for them.

    We adopted 5 children and it was bumpy but worth it. I like to hear good stories of adoption out there.

  • Jerry

    I am forever in awe of this amazing woman. Her story is so inspiring and heartbreaking. So happy for her and her beautiful family.

  • abc

    finally – one of the few celebrities with a fk%n brain. I’m over hearing about their ‘frustration’ with the paparazzi (even tho they call them) or that they dont want to be famous just for being pretty blablabla!!

    Mariska hargitay is a class act man!

  • Mark

    Where is their own son? Does anyone remember his name?
    Not evn mentioned on the cover either! Just her adopted kids!

  • http://website,computer Dave From Canada

    Her mother was Jayne Mansfield, a very famous sex symbol actress from years ago. Glad that Mariska has found peace in her life and all the happiness with her adopted child.

  • original miley

    as dave said, her mother was jayne mansfield, and his father was mickey hargitay., she knows the business of fame since she was born, of course she knows how to handle it!

  • sky


    His name is August, he 51/2, and if you read the fill article he is mentioned, this is a snipped of the real article.

  • Anon

    Beautiful and moving story. In this world of celebrity, dominated by superficiality and egocentrism, the existence of people like Mariska represent a bássamo, a relief. I watch your show for so long and not get tired of seeing these beautiful black eyes and smile more beautiful universe. She’s beautiful, generous and built a beautiful family. Congratulations.

  • Regia

    Adopting is already an act of love. Imagine adopting a child with special needs. So it is hard not to admire Mariska. What a great woman. I think she is an example and an inspiration to many. His faith, his belief, his humility and a frank and sincere and open your heart are worthy of record. I really love. She is beautiful in every way. Inside and outside. From head to toe. And congratulations on your beautiful family. August is one of the most beautiful boys I have ever seen.