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Mariska Hargitay Reunited With SVU Alum Danny Pino—And the Photo Is So Cute

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By Jackie Manno
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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star Mariska Hargitay sure has been busy lately! The actress utilized her time in Los Angeles while honoring Ice T’s Hollywood Walk of Fame induction to visit a beloved former SVU co-star. The actor? Danny Pino!

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Watch the Season 26 premiere of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Thursday, October 3 at 9/8c on NBC.

On March 2, Hargitay took to her official Instagram page to post a selfie of herself standing in between Pino and SVU director Norberto Barba outdoors on a bright, sunny day. She was visiting Pino on set of his FX show Mayans MC. Pino plays the role of the ruthless Miguel Galindo in the show and has directed an episode of it titled “The Righteous Wrath of an Honorable Man.”

“#TBT or #FBF To a couple weeks ago when I was in LA for @icet #Star on #HollywoodWalkOfFame SVU producing director @norbertobarba and I went to visit our beloved @eldannypino on the set of @mayansfx where he was directing 💥 #ilovedannypino #DirectorsSupporting Directors #3Amigos #3Directors #SVUFamily #NickAmaro #Bensaro #FriendsForLife” Hargitay captioned the selfie.

Danny Pino played the character of Detective Nick Amaro on Law & Order: SVU from 2011-2021 and was the first lead male replacement for Detective Elliot Stabler (Chris Meloni). We have no doubt that Hargitay and Pino were overjoyed to see each other again!

Hargitay has always been gracious to her former co-stars. In the wake of Richard Belzer’s passing, she posted a touching tribute to him on social media.

“Goodbye, my dear, dear friend. I will miss you, your unique light, and your singular take on this strange world. I feel blessed to have known you and adored you and worked with you, side by side, for so many years. How lucky the angels are to have you. I can hear them laughing already. I love you so very much, now and forever,” she wrote on Instagram.

Hargitay also took to TODAY to openly speak about what Belzer meant to her. "What a heart and soul; he was family and taught me so much about taking risks and creativity and trust," she told the Hosts. "And he brought so much joy to the set, and boy, did this man love children. He was, you know, this sorbic, quick-witted, brilliant mind, and yet he would melt in the sight of a child. He was just such a beautiful and complex [person], and it was such a privilege to know him."

Watch Law & Order: SVU on NBC Thursdays at 9/8c and next day on Peacock.