Mariska Hargitay Bio
Mariska Magdolna Hargitay, born on 23 January 1964 in Santa Monica, California, is an American actress. She is best known for her role on the NBC drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as NYPD Special Victims Unit Detective/Lieutenant/ Sergeant Olivia Benson.
Mariska Hargitay started her career in beauty pageants. In 1982 she was crowned Miss Beverly Hills USA, and she was the fourth runner-up in the Miss California USA pageant in 1983. During this time she was also enrolled at the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television, but she left before completing her degree when she began her acting career.
In 1985 she made her film debut in the horror-comedy film Ghoulies, and in 1986 she made her major television debut in the adventure drama series Downtown. She appeared in numerous roles in television and film before being cast Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 1999.
Mariska Hargitay Personal Details
- Born Name: Mariska Magdolna Hargitay
- Age (in 2017): 53
- Date of Birth: January 23, 1964
- Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
- Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
- Occupation: Actress
- Net worth: 30 Million
- Official Website: http://www.mariska.com/
- Official Twitter: @Mariska
Mariska Hargitay Family Tree
- Husband name: Peter Hermann
- Boy: August Miklos Friedrich Hermann
- Daughter: Amaya Josephine Hermann (Adopted)
- Boy: Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann (Adopted)
- Father name: Mickey Hargitay (Deceased)
- Mother name: Jayne Mansfield (Deceased)
- Brother: Miklos “Mikey” Hargitay
- Brother: Zoltan Hargitay
- Half-brother: Antonio “Tony” Cimber (Maternal)
- Half-sister: Jayne Marie Mansfield (Maternal)
- Half-sister: Tina Hargitay (Paternal)
- Stepbrother: Venico Cimber
- Grandmother name: Maria Rothsischer Hargitay (Paternal)
- Grandfather name: Ferenc Hargitay (Paternal)
- Grandmother name: Vera Jeffrey Palmer Peers (Maternal)
- Grandfather name: Herbert William Palmer (Maternal)
- Great-grandmother name: Alice Jane Palmer (Maternal)
- Great-grandfather name: Elmer E Palmer (Maternal)
- Uncle name: Eddie Hargitay (Paternal)
- Aunt name: Eva Hargitay (Paternal)
Mariska Hargitay Relationship History
Below is the relationship and dating history for Mariska Hargitay with her past and current boyfriend details.
Mariska Hargitay dated:
- Maria Bello (1997) – Mariska Hargitay is rumored to have dated American actress Maria Bello. (RUMOR)
- Peter Hermann (January 2002-PRESENT) – Mariska Hargitay met actor Peter Hermann on the set of Law & Order: SVU. The couple was engaged in April 2004, and married on 28 August 2004 in Santa Barbara, California. They have one biological child and two adopted children together.
Mariska Hargitay Body Measurements, Weight Loss, Diet and Exercise Routine
Mariska Hargitay Body Measurements
- Height in Feet: 5′ 8″
- Height in Centimeters: 173 cm
- Weight in Pounds: 146 pounds
- Weight in Kilogram: 66 kg
- Body Measurements in Inches: 37-25-36 inches
- Body Measurements in Centimeters: 94-64-91 cm
- Bra Size: 34C
- Cup Size: C
Mariska Hargitay generally follows two rules: First, no deprivation. And second, stick with unprocessed, whole food. She is a big fan of veggies, and makes a daily smoothie with spinach, kale, celery, green apple and cucumber, along with some ginger and lemon juice.
Periodically Mariska Hargitay follows the program laid out in Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself by detoxing expert Dr. Alejandro Junger, MD. The cleanse consists of one solid meal comprised of organic, whole foods and two meal-replacement shakes per day, along with a variety of pill supplements. Furthermore, the detoxifying diet focuses on greens, served as side dishes to lamb, chicken or wild-caught fish.
- Breakfast: fruit and egg whites
- Lunch: huge salads with interesting veggies (fennel, zucchini, roasted garlic)
- Dinner: lean protein (such as fish) with veggies
Mariska Hargitay prefers to swim in the summer, but otherwise she will work out with a trainer. She also walks around often in her home city New York. When on set, she tries to hold in her belly and tuck in her hips to strengthen her core.
Mariska Hargitay over-indulged while pregnant, and had to lose the extra weight after giving birth to her son via Caesarean section. Within four months of giving birth, she dropped about 40 pounds (18 kg) and was continuing to lose.
In order to lose the weight she committed to three workouts a week with her personal trainer. Her 55-minute daily workout plan begins with stretching and a core warm-up of push-ups and lunges. Next, she swings, lifts and squats with Russian kettlebells, then pulls or pushes a weighted sled across the gym floor and ends with five minutes of ab moves.
Mariska Hargitay Fun Facts
Mariska Hargitay Quotes
“Life begins at 40, and I’m living proof.”
“Being fearless means busting down those walls of fear and being who you are, not who someone else thinks you are. People like to put others in a box and tell them what they can and cannot do or who they can and cannot be.”