Mariska Hargitay has been portraying the character of Olivia Benson on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" since its premiere in 1999, making her one of the longest-running actors on the show. During a 2018 appearance on "Live with Kelly and Ryan," Hargitay shared how she landed the role. She went through several auditions before meeting with the show's creator, Dick Wolf. In their meeting, Hargitay mentioned that she had seen another girl who she believed was also up for the role of Olivia Benson. However, she asserted that the role belonged to her. Dick Wolf laughed at her comment and revealed that the other actress was actually auditioning for a different character.In an interview with Page Six in January 2017, Hargitay's co-star Ice-T, who plays NYPD Sergeant Odafin "Fin" Tutuola, spoke about his on-set relationship with her. He expressed appreciation for Hargitay's professionalism and work ethic, stating that she is not difficult to work with and always brings a positive attitude to the set. Ice-T emphasized that Hargitay is dedicated to her performance and consistently delivers on point.During a joint interview on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" in September 2018, both Ice-T and Hargitay expressed their fondness for each other and the entire cast of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." Ice-T praised the enjoyable work environment and described Hargitay as having a great sense of humor, which contrasts with her serious character on the show. Hargitay echoed the sentiment, describing the cast and crew as a family after working together for over 20 years.Hargitay also complimented Ice-T's work ethic, noting that in her two decades on the show, she had never seen him come to work in a bad mood or display ingratitude. She commended his readiness to work and his consistent dedication to the job.Overall, both Hargitay and Ice-T have expressed admiration for each other's professionalism, positive attitudes, and commitment to their roles on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." Their mutual respect and camaraderie contribute to the success and longevity of the show.