Partners For Life: Inside Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni's Enduring Bond

“It’s simple, we have each other’s backs.”

In those 7 words Christopher Meloni caught the strength of his decades-long bond with Mariska Hargitay, his Law & Order: SVU costar.

Partnered with each other onscreen as investigatives Elliot Stabler as well as Olivia Benson when the step-by-step debuted on NBC in 1999, both developed a prompt link that would certainly create numerous audiences to favor the personalities to obtain with each other (despite the fact that, you understand, he was wed with kids ).

“It happened at the screen test,” Meloni discussed of their immediate chemistry, informing People they “walked into the screen test, telling her a story, and we get up onstage in front of all the suits, and we’re just so engaged.”

Now, one decade after Meloni’s sudden departure from the collection, Stabler as well as Benson are rejoining onscreen for the very first time in the network’s significant crossover occasion to begin his offshoot, Law & Order: Organized Crime.

While the previous companions split on unsteady terms, their IRL equivalents preserved a close relationship that relieved the discomfort of Stabler as well as Benson’s splitting up for the committed SVU fanbase.