After 12 seasons and over 250 episodes spent playing Detective Amanda Rollins in "Law & Order: SVU," Kelli Giddish turned in her gun and badge in the middle of Season 24, to the disappointment of many "SVU" fans. "I feel like we did it in the right way at the right time," Giddish told ET Canada. "This was such a beautiful send-off, I think, for Rollins." Indeed, for a show that covers New York's most heinous crimes, Rollins got a rare storybook ending in the form of a courtroom wedding to Dominick Carisi Jr. (Peter Scanavino).
The wedding may have been the centerpiece of "And a Trauma in a Pear Tree," but much of the episode is devoted to the relationship between Rollins and Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), and the actresses' relationship was just as special. One of Giddish's greatest regrets from her time on "SVU" is not tapping into Hargitay's secret well of talents. "I wish that I had learned to do accents better from Mariska," Giddish admitted. "She's hilarious. She's very, very, very funny, and she can do a multitude of accents very well." Her other major regret concerns the talents of co-star Ice-T.
Had Mariska Hargitay shared her mastery of accent work, it would have been a useful skill for Kelli Giddish to add to her resume. Giddish's other regret, however, surely would have improved her entire quality of life. "I regret...not writing down every single day something that Ice-T said," Giddish revealed to ET Canada. "He's a zen master and so full of wisdom."
Any dyed-in-the-wool "SVU" fan knows that Sergeant Odafin "Fin" Tutuola's one-liners are legendary. Who could forget such gems as "Everybody's lying in the club," or "Fact. You are now all my b*tches"? Still, a quick glance at Ice-T's Twitter account reveals that art imitates life, and the multi-hyphenate talent has been known to share his iconic aphorisms with the masses.
It's comforting to know that Ice-T's reputation as the resident wordsmith of "SVU" persists even when the cameras stop rolling. Should Giddish ever return to "SVU," she might want to bring a pen.