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Mariska Hargitay Posted the Cuddliest Pic With Her Husband on Valentine's Day

The happy couple met on the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit set in 2002!

By Jackie Manno
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Mariska Hargitay and her husband, Peter Hermann, are more in love than ever this Valentine’s Day!

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On February 14, the Law & Order: SVU star posted a heartwarming, black-and-white photograph of herself and Hermann cuddling on a boat. In the snapshot, he has his arms around her while she rests her head lovingly on his shoulder.

“My Valentine #home,” Hargitay captioned the post. See the photo here

Hargitay and Hermann met in 2002 when he was a guest star on Season 3 of SVU. They tied the knot two years later and now have three children together.

“My husband is my North Star, and my kids are my teachers," Hargitay said in a 2018 interview with People. “Our family is so perfect, or at least perfect for me. Together we’re just this whole, happy, joyful, chaotic, crazy unit. I’ve never known anything that was more right.”

"Peter and I, we're so different that it's been amazing how we complement each other," she added. "He knows everything I don't."

Hargitay went on to share some touching words about her successful marriage in another interview with People a year later: "We sort of knew that we found the right one. I never thought it could be this good, and I never knew that I’d be reminded on the journey, that I’d marry the right one. That I waited and married the right one, and it’s better than I thought it was. Because sometimes you take a snapshot and you go, ‘I can’t believe this is my life.’"

In the same interview, Hermann revealed the moment he realized he wanted to be with Hargitay forever. It was on her 40th birthday. 

"I actually saw Hargitay with all the people that she loved around her," he said. "It was like seeing this person who was now in the soil… which was this abundance of people and this abundance of love and I thought, 'I want to be part of that soil.'"


"I never thought I would have this much laughter in my life," Hermann said to People. "Not just actual laughter, but also the way that Mariska is just the embodiment of laughter—of joy."

"It's the way we find our way back to each other," he continued. "It's this fantastically, wonderfully ridiculous way that we can swing back and forth any number of times in any given day. But fundamentally we know we have the same destination. We know where we're headed, and it's good. And we know we'll get there together."

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