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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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Hilary Swank & Mariska Hargitay: 'On A Clear Day' Opening!

Hilary Swank and Mariska Hargitay hit the red carpet at the opening night of the Broadway musical On A Clear Day You Can See Forever held at the St. James Theatre on Sunday (December 11) in New York City.

Hilary, 37, came out to support the show’s star, Harry Connick Jr. Harry and Hilary starred in the 2007 romantic comedy together, P.S. I Love You!

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If you are in the NYC area, check out On A Clear Day You Can See Forever on the Great White Way.

FYI: Hilary is wearing Gucci.

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Mariska Hargitay Adopts Baby Boy

Mariska Hargitay and her husband, Peter Hermann, have adopted a son named Andrew!

The 47-year-old Law & Order: SVU actress and her hubby adopted a daughter, Amaya, six months ago and told People that they didn’t expect to add a member to the family so quickly.

“We never in a million years thought it would happen this quickly, but something inside of us knew that this was right, and we said, ‘Yes, yes, yes!’” she said, adding, “We knew this was our guy. Everything about it felt right. It felt divinely right.”

Mariska and Peter are also parents to a 5-year-old son named August.

Congratulations to the happy family!!

Mariska Hargitay Donates $100,000 to a College Scholarship!

Mariska Hargitay has generously donated $100,000 to the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television for an acting scholarship, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The 47-year-old Law & Order: SVU actress gave the money for a scholarship, now named the Mariska Hargitay Scholarship for Acting Students, to theatre students based on merit need.

“After all I have received from TFT for my journey as an actor; I am so excited to give back,” Mariska said in a statement.

“My education there not only gave me an invaluable foundation for my craft, but also lit the fire of enthusiasm, perseverance and pursuit of excellence that has fueled me ever since,” she continued.

This past June, Mariska was the commencement speaker for UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film, and Television.

Mandy Moore: Lela Rose Fashion Show!

Mandy Moore arrives at the Lela Rose fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Sunday (September 11) in New York City.

Joining the 27-year-old actress and singer in the front row were Susan Sarandon and daughter Eva Amurri Martino, Shantel VanSanten, and Law & Order: SVU actress Mariska Hargitay.

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“Fun Times and dream-worthy clothes at the Lela Rosa show this am,” Mandy wrote on her Twitter account earlier in the day. Joining Mandy were stylists Emily Current and Meritt Elliott.

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TV's Highest Paid Stars Revealed

TV Guide Magazine has come out with a list of the small screen’s highest paid stars!

House‘s Hugh Laurie and Two and a Half Men‘s newest star, Ashton Kutcher, come out on top in the drama and comedy categories, respectively, each earning $700,000 per episode.

Simon Cowell takes the reality TV crown, pocketing $75 million per season. Christina Aguilera makes $225,000 per The Voice episode, while her co-coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and Cee Lo Green each earn $75,000.

David Letterman takes home $28 million a year, followed by Jay Leno with $25 million and Conan O’Brien at $10 million.

Also listed in TV Guide Magazine‘s cover story: Mariska Hargitay ($395,000 per Law & Order: SVU episode), Blake Lively ($60,000 per Gossip Girl episode), Kelly Ripa ($20 million per year for Live with Regis and Kelly), and Anderson Cooper ($11 million for his work with CNN).

Snooki also made the cut, earning $100,000 per Jersey Shore episode!

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