Mariska Hargitay is one of television’s finest detectives and a well-loved staple in the Law & Order universe. So of course she deserved star treatment for her birthday. On January 23, Hargitay celebrated turning 59 with her family and a candlelit floral cake that almost looked too good to eat. But amid the outpouring of love for Hargitay from fans and friends, a gift from her costar Christopher Meloni stood out from the rest.
Meloni dedicated a post on his Instagram to celebrate his longtime friend’s birthday. The video is zoomed in on only Meloni’s eyes as he whispers to the camera, “Marsha, you there? Do you know what today is? I do. Happy—” The silly video cut off just before he could finish the sentiment, but Hargitay picked up where he left off.
“Hey Chris, Chris…you asked me if I knew what day it was yesterday and I wasn’t sure, but then I figured it out because I got these pretty flowers from you!” The smile on Hargitay’s face when she then showed off the bouquet of flowers was infectious and a reminder of how deep their friendship goes. Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni have spent years supporting each other, even walking the red carpet together at the 2022 Emmys.