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Mariska Hargitay Talks Adoption & 'SNL' with Ellen

Mariska Hargitay meets up with Jenny McCarthy at the NBC Universal summer press day held at The Langham Huntington on Wednesday (April 18) in Pasadena, Calif.

The day before, Mariska, 48, taped an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show where she talked about a campaign to get her on Saturday Night Live and adopting her son and daughter.

“It was very different with my son. It all happened very quickly and that’s not usually how it happens,” she shared. “I would say usually it takes the same about of time it takes for a baby to grow in your belly. With my daughter it took months and months and with my son it was, truth be told, it was two days.

FYI: Mariska is wearing Prada and Larkspur&Hawk earrings at the press day. She wore a Max Mara dress and Larkspur&Hawk jewelry to the Ellen show.


Mariska Hargitay – The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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Natalie Portman: 'Chimpanzee' Screening with Jane Goodall!

Natalie Portman and Dave Matthews sandwich in Jane Goodall at a screening of Chimpanzee on Saturday (April 14) at the Crosby Street Hotel in NYC.

Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay also came out for the Disneynature and The Cinema Society-hosted event.

Synopsis for the documentary, which hits theaters this Friday (April 20): A new True Life Adventure introducing an adorable baby chimp named Oscar and his entertaining approach to life in a remarkable story of family bonds and individual triumph. Oscar’s playful curiosity and zest for discovery showcase the intelligence and ingenuity of some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom.

Working together, Oscar’s chimpanzee family – including his mom and the group’s savvy leader – navigates the complex territory of the forest. The world is a playground for little Oscar and his fellow young chimps, who’d rather make mayhem than join their parents for an afternoon nap. But when Oscar’s family is confronted by a rival band of chimps, he is left to fend for himself until a surprising ally steps in and changes his life forever.

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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.

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