NBC Insider Exclusive

Create a free profile to get unlimited access to exclusive show news, updates, and more!

Sign Up For Free to View
NBC Insider Law & Order Franchise

Ryan Buggle Got the Best Advice from TV Mom Mariska Hargitay About Noah Coming Out

The Law & Order: Special Victims Unit stars bonded over the touching scene. 

By Jackie Manno

In 2022, Ryan Buggle tackled an important scene as a young actor, and luckily, he had Mariska Hargitay's warm presence to mentor him through it

How to Watch

Watch Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Thursdays on NBC and next day on Peacock.

In Season 23, Episode 11 of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Noah Benson, Olivia Benson's adopted son, came out as bisexual. The scene happened in a loving, casual conversation when Noah and his mom were going for a walk in the park after he opens up to her about being bullied. 

According to TODAY.com, Hargitay was considerate of how to approach the moment while filming, and she called Buggle in advance to gauge how comfortable he was with the storyline. 

Mariska Hargitay's wise advice to Ryan Buggle on SVU

"She definitely gave me advice," Buggle told the outlet in 2022, when he was just 12 years old. "It's 'Be real and in the moment of what's happening in the scene and just let everything come from a real natural place.'"

RELATED: Ryan Buggle Says He Loves Mariska Hargitay "More Than Words" on Her Milestone Birthday

Shortly after the episode aired, Buggle took to Instagram to give a sentimental shoutout to Hargitay, 

''Filming this episode was such an important, incredible and exciting experience for me. @therealmariskahargitay personally called me to talk about the script before it was finished and I felt so involved and respected. It is incredible to see Noah beginning to discover who he is. My feelings are the same, there is no shame in being true to yourself and no one deserves to be left out or bullied because of it,'' he wrote in the caption.

See the post here

Olivia and Noah Benson walk down the street together on Law and Order SVU episode 2310

RELATED: See a Special Moment Mariska Hargitay & Her TV Son Ryan Buggle Shared at Benson Plaza

Buggle also brings out the most in Hargitay during their scene together. In a January interview with NBC Insider, Hargitay gushed about working with Buggle. 

"He is such a special human being," she said. "He's not like a lot of child actors. He is so good, wise beyond his years, so kind, just wants to learn and grow, and so engaged. Everyone adores him, and he's such a good little actor, so I feel so safe because he's really present and wants to learn. I just adore him because he's also a fascinating person. He's an incredible gymnast, he's a great little thinker, and he asks such good questions, and he's really open for anything. He's like a little adult, but in a good way. I adore him, and I love having scenes with him. Sometimes with little kids, it's like, 'OK, are they gonna get it? Am I gonna have to navigate this?' But with him it's not like that. I look forward to it. And I have real love for him."