'Law & Order: SVU's' Ryan Buggle Details Sleepovers With Mariska Hargitay’s Kids!!

Known for his role as Noah Benson, the young actor told Parade what it's like working with Mariska Hargitay, Chris Meloni, and Ice-T.

Ryan Buggle, the young actor who plays Noah Porter Benson on Law & Order: SVU, is enjoying a successful career on screen. In an interview with Parade after the Season 24 midseason premiere, Buggle shared his close relationships with his co-stars, particularly Mariska Hargitay, whom he considers a second mother. Despite his young age, Buggle feels fortunate to work alongside talented and respected actors, learning from them in an inspiring environment on set. He joined the show in 2017 and recently turned 13, making his experience on the show even more remarkable.

Buggle, who has spent half of his life on Law & Order, considers the cast his family. He reminisces about filming with Kelli Giddish and Ice-T, praising their talent and friendship. Chris Meloni also receives recognition for his humor. Buggle has sleepovers at Mariska Hargitay's house and considers her a second mom. Despite the fame, he remains grounded and grateful for the opportunity to work with such talented actors. Buggle's dance experience in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular adds to his skills. He appreciates the chance to bring something new to the stage and grow as a performer through his work on the show.

But it wouldn't be possible without the direction from his famed co-stars, who make themselves available to guide the actor through challenges and help steer him towards further growth.

"Mariska has given me some really good advice; she always says, 'always act because you love it and don't be fake with it–just pretend like it's your real life, that [whoever you're portraying] is yourself.'"

The young actor, Buggle, who portrays the youngest LGBTQIA+ character in Law & Order history, emphasizes the importance of being true to oneself and not being afraid to be open about one's identity. He encourages teens facing bullying or exploring their sexuality to confide in a trusted adult and stay true to themselves. While Buggle prefers to keep his dance skills separate from his character, he thinks it would be cool for Noah to be involved in theater. He hopes that Noah will grow up to become a leader like his mom and always speak the truth. Fans can catch the latest episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on NBC, airing Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET.

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