It's great to hear that Bradley Whitford had a positive experience working with Mariska Hargitay on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. It sounds like Hargitay creates a welcoming and supportive environment on set, which is important for actors to do their best work. And it's impressive that she has directed several episodes of the show and continues to take creative risks, like incorporating flashbacks and whimsical endings, in her directing. Whitford also recognizes Hargitay's impact on the success of the show and her dedication to her role as Olivia Benson. Overall, it's clear that Whitford has a lot of respect and admiration for Hargitay's talent and contributions to the entertainment industry.