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The Amazing Reason Mariska Hargitay Surprised Camryn Manheim with Shake Shack

The Law & Order: SVU star gave a very special gift to welcome Manheim to the Law & Order universe.

By Jackie Manno

Camryn Manheim, who has been playing Lt. Kate Dixon on Law & Order had a very specific (and delicious) memory in mind regarding Mariska Hargitay (Olivia Benson) when she joined the shows upon its return in 2022. 

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"My favorite Law & Order Mariska [Hargitay] memory was when I got this role." Manheim dished in a recent interview with The Messenger. "She said, 'Girl, come over. I'm making you dinner,' and when I came over she had Shake Shack burgers. And I was like, 'That's my kind of woman,'" Manheim said.

It looks like Mariska Hargitay is a generous soul! 

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Camryn Manheim on working with Mariska Hargitay

In a January interview with TODAY.com, Manheim discussed an emotional Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode where her character used sign language to interpret the stories of deaf sexual assault survivors.

"It is meaningful to have been a part of (the episode), because I am fluent in sign language and have been an advocate for disabilities for a long time," Manheim told the outlet. "One thing that’s come up recently is how much the public learns from shows like L&O and The Practice; (and) just how important it is for our producers and showrunners to get the procedure right."

Split of Mariska Hargitay and Camryn Manheim

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Then, Maheim went on to talk about how Harigtay aided in having her appear in the episode.

"I’m going to name drop," she added. "I was having lunch with Maria Bello and Mariska Hargitay, and Mariska mentioned they were having an upcoming episode with deaf people. I said, 'I’m fluent in sign language,' and she picked up a phone and all of a sudden I’m crossing over. It happened that quickly."

And of course, Manheim had nothing but positive things to say about working with Hargitay. 

"Mariska is like the mayor of New York and of Law & Order," Manheim said. "She's the most welcoming, she's hilarious. She is a jokester. She knows that show like the back of her hand, and it's inspiring to watch her move in and out of being an actor, a producer, a director. On the show I was on, Mariska has, like, 85 percent of the dialogue. I'm like, 'How do you do it? You have three children!' But it's really become the fabric of her soul."