Ice-T is worried about Mariska Hargitay, tells her to rest

Ice-T and Mariska Hargitay

In January, news broke that Mariska Hargitay had suffered a partially collapsed lung, and the actress was hospitalized for a week. She went back to work soon after, but there were still rumors that the actress was struggling. Then last week word broke that Hargitay had been experiencing chest pain on the set of “Law & Order: SVU” and was being re-hospitalized.

The current information is that Mariska is still suffering from some kind of infection, and sources told Star Magazine that she will most likely need surgery, though Mariska’s spokeperson only confirmed that she’s undergoing tests. Her L&O co-star Ice-T (who brilliantly portrays Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola) spoke out about his friend at a recent event, and People Magazine has more:

Law & Order: SVU star Ice-T was surprised to hear that his costar, Mariska Hargitay, was re-hospitalized Tuesday night after she had returned to the set so quickly – less than a month – after undergoing surgery in January for a partially collapsed lung.

“When she came back last time it was like nothing ever happened. She’s very resilient. This woman is a hard worker; she works 14 hours a day. I don’t know what you know about episodic drama television, but it’s like a movie that never ends, it’s just one day,” the Grammy-winning rapper and actor, 51, told PEOPLE Thursday at the VH1 Save the Music Foundation event, co-sponsored by LG Mobile Phones.

On the topic of Hargitay, 45, Ice-T cited her desire to downplay any hardships she might be facing. “Mariska is the type of woman that if you walk up and say, ‘How are you?’ She’s almost like a guy and is like, ‘Yeah, yeah, I’m all right.’

“It’s almost as if you insult her. She doesn’t want you to feel sorry for her, she’s like, ‘I’m on my feet.’ ”

In the meantime – although Ice-T’s been told Hargitay is “doing okay” – “My personal thought is she just needs to take a little time and rest,” he says. “I mean, it’s a serious thing. You can’t just come right back. You’ll re-injure yourself.”

[From People Magazine]

That’s sweet, right? Like the gangster rapper really cares about his girl Mariska. Ice-T has been on the cast of SVU for more than eight years, and I’ve always believed that out of all of the L&O series, SVU has the best, most cohesive ensemble cast. And I agree whole-heartedly with Ice-T’s recommendation to his girl – Mariska needs to take a break and get well. SVU will still be there when she gets better. In the meantime, they can write around her character like they did when she was pregnant. Prayers to Mariska!

Here’s Ice-T and Mariska on the “SVU” set in Manhattan on February 10th. Images thanks to

Ice-T and Mariska Hargitay

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  1. barneslr says:

    I love SVU (although this season hasn’t been the best), and Ice-T is probably my favorite character on the show.

    I sure hope she recovers quickly and completely; she’s got that cute little boy to take care of!

  2. HEB says:

    Looks like Olivia is going back into witness protection! I’m glad they didn’t throw out Fin’s character at the end of last season-he’s critical to the show now, last thing they need is some unfamiliar newbie-that always sucks, its bad enough we got a new assistant DA this year

    You know what I wonder…do Mariska and Coco hang out? Like did Coco go to her baby shower?! Isn’t that wild?!

  3. gee_gee says:

    That IS sweet of Ice T. Nice to know that your co-workers care about you. I do hope Coco goes to visit Mariska. That would be stellar.

  4. Obvious says:

    I agree, SVU has the best ensemble cast. I also love CI-but with Gorem and Eames, I love they way they interact, though I still hate how CI switches between USA and NBC with little or no warning, and how they have 2 different casts. Way to ruin a perfectly good show morons.

  5. KDRockstar says:

    LOL at the thought of Mariska hangin’ with Coco!

  6. RAN says:

    Me too Obvious! I LOVE CI, but I can’t keep up with the constant switcheroo. I was also not a fan of switching the other detectives around – Chris Noth and his parade of detective partners.

    I hope Mariska gets better soon. SVU wouldn’t be the same without her. They could get rid of any of the others, but she is irreplaceable.

  7. barneslr says:

    Yeah, but Noth is gone now, and Jeff Goldblum is taking his place. I’m hoping that will be a win, but we won’t find out until April…!

  8. Mimi says:

    i love her!

  9. Filena says:

    i hope that Mariska get well so that she is the best. I love her and so that it going to be hard if she is not on the show.. I hopy u get better

  10. nxghosting says:

    i love her very much she is exciting to look her i liked her face which showing her react about me thanks and thanks for

  11. Venus in Blue Jeans says:

    Mariska Hargitay is a wonderful actress, and should be on the big screen. She is credible and oozes charisma onscreen. The combined women of both Law and Order series are far more gorgeous and talented than many of the big screen women are. Mariska, Stephanie March, Alana Delagarza, Tamara Tunney,Elizabeth Roehm, Diane Neal, Annie Parisse, and Angie Harmon. All great beauties and great actresses. And not to forget Julia Roberts’ one and only appearance on a TV show was on Law and Order (she was seeing Ben Bratt). The casting of these shows is flawless, but even I have to admit the time may be soon when Law and Order and SVU Law and Order needs to retire. All good things end and these shows were great. Never did like ‘Criminal Intent’.