Working with the cast

Bakula loved working with the cast of Law and Order: SVU, especially since he and Mariska Hargitay are working buddies.

“It was so much fun. I’ve known Mariska for a very, very long time. But we’ve never worked together. She actually worked with my wife together a long time ago. And we were on the lot during the Quantum Leap and Tequila and Bonetti days. So we’ve known each other for a very, very long time,” he said. “I’m a huge fan of hers. And, you know, I’ve kind of always wanted to do the show. And ironically, I’ve never shot in New York before and I’ve always wanted to do that. So it was great fun.”

“I tip my hat to her,” he continued. “I think this is their 11th season and she is enthusiastic. And more importantly, she is still on top of what’s being said, what’s going on. She’s not walking in any manner of speech, sleepwalking through showing up and doing her thing. She’s very much concerned about what’s on the page and how the scenes are playing. And I really, really appreciate that…after 11 years, I was pretty amazed by that. But that’s the kind of gal she is. She’s a fabulous actress, A, and then she’s a great leader on the set.”

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