Life imitating art! ‘Law &Order: SVU’ star Mariska Hargitay helps lost girl find her mom IRL

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” actress Mariska Hargitay proved that she is just as heroic as her on-screen character.

Mariska Hargitay has spent nearly 25 years playing Olivia Benson on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” making her a familiar face to many.

It was only recently that her role as a compassionate law enforcer spilled into real life when she helped a lost girl during a break from filming in New York City.

According to a report by People, despite not being in a police investigation off-screen, Hargitay stepped in to assist the child, eventually reuniting her with her mother and continuing with the TV show’s production.

Her act of kindness gained attention online and proved her dedication both on and off the screen.

Hargitay’s connection to her character Olivia Benson is something she acknowledges, sharing how fans often consider “What would Olivia Benson do?” in challenging situations, a sentiment she occasionally adopts herself.

As “Law & Order: SVU” heads into its 26th season, Hargitay proved worthy of her place as one of television’s longest-running leading ladies.