Create a free profile to get unlimited access to exclusive show news, updates, and more!
Christopher Meloni's Daughter Had a Very Subtle Cameo on SVU That You Missed
The actor confirmed his daughter's 2003 appearance on the show in an interview with NBC Insider.
In Season 5, Episode 10 of the show (titled "Shaken"), Elliot Stabler (Meloni) shows Captain Cragen (Dann Florek) a photo of his baby daughter, Maureen, at a bar. Actress Erin Broderick plays young and teenage Maureen on SVU, while Autumn Mirassou portrays adult Maureen. However, the photo Stabler shows Cragen in this scene is actually of Meloni's real-life daughter, Sophia, when she was a tiny tot.
Christopher Meloni's daughter, Sophia, made a subtle Law & Order: SVU cameo when she was a baby
Meloni himself confirmed to NBC Insider that the baby in the picture is, indeed, Sophia. If you're curious about her cameo, you can watch Season 5, Episode 10 of SVU on Peacock. The scene with Stabler and Cragen at the bar starts around the 41:24 mark.
The official description for this episode reads, "A missing infant is discovered badly beaten in the bushes at a local park."
Christopher Meloni and his daughter, Sophia, have the sweetest relationship
"Hike with @sophiameloni, scooter home," Meloni captioned the Instagram post. "First one was low. Switch to another. Only to have it conk out at the West Hollywood/ Beverly Hills borderline. I don’t think scooters are allowed in Beverly Hills."
Christopher Meloni as a dad
In a 2014 interview with USA Today, the actor opened up about his parenting style. “I think my kids would call me a little crazy. I’m very physical, very affectionate. I’m also very disciplined and focused on education. That’s one thing that was instilled in me, one place in life where there’s no compromise,” he told the outlet. “What works for me is empowering my kids. I remember not having any power when I was growing up. Power helps kids mature, and it requires critical thinking on their part. They feel engaged in a decision, which makes them feel engaged in the family process.”
He also talked about how Sophia and Dante have very different personalities in a 2022 interview with People. "I always knew I wanted kids, as did my wife. My mother always used to say to me, 'I've learned so much from you kids,' and I didn't get it. Now I get it," he said. "One is more of an old soul. I never used that term until they came out of the womb and I looked in their eyes. I was like, 'Holy cow, look at you. You're here to teach me.' As well as the other one, who's a young soul. It's ever-evolving and a complete fulfillment of my life."
— Reporting by Stephanie Gomulka