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Chris Meloni and Mariska Hargitay Just Reunited in NYC for a Sweet "Bestie" Date

Hargitay had a night out with her former Law & Order: Special Victims Unit co-star. 

By Jackie Manno

Chris Meloni and Mariska Hargitay are embracing the holiday season!

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On November 15, the Law & Order: Organized Crime star posted a selfie of him and the Law and Order: Special Victims Unit star reuniting in The Big Apple. The first snapshot showed Hargitay and Meloni posing in front of a beautifully decorated Christmas tree in New York City. According to his caption, the duo attended a screening of the upcoming drama film, Maestro.

Then, Meloni shared a selfie of himself and his 22-year-old daughter Sophia holding up some 1975 merch, who played at Madison Square Garden on November 14. 

"Well, yesterday started with this one and ended with that one," Meloni captioned the post. "#Besties Screening of the BRILLIANT Maestro and then grooving to The 1975."

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Chris Meloni's touching speech about Mariska Hargitay 

Meloni and Hargitay have been very close since their original SVU days all the way back in 1999. In a 2018 interview with TV Insider, Hargitay revealed that the two clicked right away. "From the second we met, bells went off. We knew we were going to be a huge force in each other’s lives. He was intense and mercurial but also fun, " she said.  

Then, In 2021, Harigtay was given the Woman of the Year Award by Glamour, and Meloni did the honors of introducing her before she accepted the award. And in his moving speech, he touched on why Hargitay is such a wonderful human being, and why they've remained so tight-knit throughout all these years. 

“I have been trusted with one task tonight: introduce someone who needs no introduction, who I’ve been working with for 13 years and been friends with for 22,” Meloni said in his speech. “She’s got great energy, great personality. So tonight, I say this: Radiant. Charming. Funny. Generous. Elegant. Bawdy. Honest. Appreciative. Inclusive. Direct. Vivacious. That’s my favorite word; it comes from Latin, to live. Which is what she does with great passion, every day, with everyone that she engages, be they friends, family, strangers, or commitments.”

Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni

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He continued, “She’s fearless, without the bravado of the warrior stance, but always with the open arms, the open heart. She’s a connector of people because she knows we’re all better when we’re working together. She is as comfortable in the sacred as she is in the profane; she is a soul in the constant search of the beauty and the truth that she knows that this world holds, but she also knows that it requires vigilance, persistence, and insistence to pry magic from the oftentimes mundane reality. Her first instance is to always react with compassion and empathy. She sees hope in the hopeless; she sees the potential in the you, and me, and us."