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Pablo Schreiber Credits Much of the Success of His Story Arc on SVU to His Chemistry with Mariska Hargitay

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“You know, I think it’s really interesting that these two characters kind of came into my life around the same time,” said Pablo Schreiber during our recent webcam chat (watch below) about his villainous turns in “Orange is the New Black” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” “I think that these two roles came at a very specific time in my life when I think it was essential for me … to expose and hopefully expunge a little bit of my darker side.”

He expressed that darker side in two very different ways: in a comic role as a corrupt prison guard known as “Pornstache” in “Orange,” and in a dramatic role as depraved serial rapist William Lewis on “SVU,” both of which are being entered for Emmy consideration for guest acting.

He readily admits it was easier for him to tackle a villainous role in a comedy; laughter broke the tension of his character’s nefarious deeds. “Comedy is like the great release valve,” he said, and he found he also had great affection for Pornstache: “I love that guy … He puts up these walls and acts out and behaves in the only way he knows how, which is just being a shit-head. But underneath all that bluster I think is a really, really sensitive and lovable guy.”

His role on “SVU” was much darker, and he credits much of the success of his story arc to the working relationship he developed with Mariska Hargitay during their on-screen battle of wits: “I think that’s really what made it such a memorable saga is the fact that there was this chemistry between these two people that were kind of inevitably drawn to one another, and although what was happening between them was horrid and frightening and terrible, underneath it all there was this very strange, compelling chemistry.”

“SVU” is the last remaining “Law & Order” series still producing new episodes, and Schreiber, who made appearances on the original series and “Criminal Intent” as well as “SVU,” laments their ending: “Money hasn’t always been easy to come by. In those early years, you’re a young actor … you’re getting paid 300 bucks a week to do a play, and just hoping that you’ll be able to make this career work at some point, and the ‘Law & Orders’ – that was it. That was kind of what got us by.”

After having played such dark roles, Schreiber is ready for a change of pace: “Comedy is definitely on the table next for me, something light and fun.” His next project is “The Brink,” a half-hour comedy for HBO co-starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins.

In the meantime, will he pick up a pair of Emmy nominations this year for “Orange is the New Black” and “Law & Order: SVU”? Watch our complete interview here and make your Comedy Guest Actor predictions.


‘Law & Order: SVU’ Pushes One Off-Season Episode To Give Star Mariska Hargitay Rest

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The Law & Order franchise has established its own unique production schedule, which involves the series regularly staying in continuous production after the end of the season to bank a few episodes for the following season. The plan this year was to film three additional episodes for veteran crime drama Law & Order: SVU‘s upcoming 16th season, launching in the fall. But, after finishing two of them, the show has decided to scrap the last one due to exhaustion on the part of the cast, particularly star Mariska Hargitay, with the shelved episode to be shot with the rest of Season 16 when the show returns from hiatus. Season 15 is being hailed as one of the series’ strongest, with Emmy winner Hargitay getting notices for her nuanced acting. But it’s been a grueling season, with a lot of emotional performances that has taken a toll on everyone, especially Hargitay, who is the center and the heart of the show and who also made her directorial debut on SVU this past season. Most drama series do 22 episodes a season at the most, Law & Order: SVU produces 24. “In the last 12 months Mariska appeared in 26 episodes, directed one, produced two benefits that raised millions of dollars for her Joyful Heart Foundation, and is also the full-time mother of three young children,” L&O: SVU creator/executive producer Dick Wolf said. “Even a Super Woman needs a break sometime. Instead of shooting 27 straight episodes, we will begin our hiatus and go back to our normal production schedule.” Averaging a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, SVU ranked as the No. 4 NBC scripted drama this past season, up by 21% in 18-49 and by 17% in total viewers from last season.



Mariska Hargitay Grabs Man as Stand in Husband During Photo Op

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Mariska Hargitay had another man stand in for hubby Peter Hermann during a photo op at the Joyful Heart Foundation’s gala at Cipriani 42nd Street Thursday.

Hargitay couldn’t find Hermann for a pic with Ali Wentworth, Debra Messing and her “Law & Order: SVU” co-stars Kelli Giddish, Danny Pino, Ice-T and his wife, Coco.

So she “grabbed the tallest man with dark hair and glasses” to complete the shot.

She jokingly ­introduced the astonished stranger to photographers as “Peter.”



Pictures: Joyful Heart Foundation Gala

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I just finished uploading almost 300 pictures from the Joyful Heart Foundation 10th Anniversary Celebration Gala. You can view the pictures below in gallery :)

Joyful Heart Foundation Gala
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Bid for a Chance to Win a Signed Script From “Surrender Benson” & Other Goodies

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Dunh dunh! “In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories.”

You can take home the story with a SIGNED SCRIPT from the “Surrender Benson” episode, an official L&O SVU tote bag, official L&O t-shirt, mug, hat, and SIGNED CAST PHOTO!

Bidding ends on June 12th at 6pm EST. Bidding starts at $135. To place a bid click here.


Viacom & NO MORE Release a Series of New PSAs

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Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB)(NASDAQ:VIA), in partnership with the Joyful Heart Foundation founded by actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, today announced its commitment to raise awareness for the NO MORE movement to end domestic violence and sexual assault with a new series of groundbreaking NO MORE PSAs.

The spots, directed by Mariska Hargitay and produced by Viacom Velocity Creative with Executive Vice President Viacom Velocity Creative Niels Schuurmans and Viacom’s social responsibility umbrella Viacommunity, feature a unique collaboration of Viacom celebrities, including: MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway, Spike Ink Master host Dave Navarro, VH1 Big Morning Buzz Live host Nick Lachey, MTV Catfish stars Nev Schulman and Max Joseph, and BET 106 & Park hosts Bow Wow & Keshia Chanté. Additional celebrities in the PSAs include Sophia Bush, Jemima Kirke, Natasha Lyonne, Danny Pino and more. The spots will begin airing across Viacom’s networks this summer.

A rough cut of one of the Viacom NO MORE PSAs can be viewed here.

Viacom President & CEO Philippe Dauman, who will be honored by the Joyful Heart Foundation at its Joyful Revolution Gala tonight, said, “Viacom has a rich history of engaging its audiences to address important issues, whether inspiring teens to complete high school, encouraging people to live healthy lifestyles or helping to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. We champion our unique ability to make a difference through our platforms, and are proud to focus our megaphones on helping to end the stigma, shame and silence of domestic violence and sexual assault.”

“Viacom has taken the courageous and powerful step to join us to say NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault,” said Mariska Hargitay. “Being part of NO MORE from the beginning has been a great privilege. Society continues to misplace shame and blame on survivors – both women and men. That has to end. NO MORE confronts the myths and excuses that perpetuate domestic violence and sexual assault. I am filled with confidence and renewed determination that, together, we can and will put an end to this violence.”

The NO MORE PSA campaign initially launched in September 2013 and was designed to help dispel many of the most common and pervasive myths about sexual assault and domestic violence, and to engage the public in an open dialogue about these important issues. The three-year PSA campaign, developed in partnership with Y&R and world-renowned photographer Timothy White, has been rolling out across the country in local and national markets via print, broadcast, online and outdoor advertising, in movie theaters nationwide, and in major airports and medical facilities.

NO MORE is a public awareness movement focused on domestic violence and sexual assault prevention. Supported by the major national and local organizations working to address these urgent issues, the goal of the NO MORE PSA campaign is to help normalize the conversation and break the social stigma surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault. By increasing visibility and fostering more dialogue, NO MORE seeks to change social norms, improve public policies, and generate more resources dedicated to prevention. More information is available at

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You can see a BTS shot of the PSA here.


Miss Pennsylvania USA, Valerie Gatto, Hopes to Work with the Joyful Heart Foundation

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Valerie Gatto gets everything a college girl would want for free: a stylist, a tanning package and a scholarship. She even met one of the stars of “Law & Order: SVU.”

“But I’m not in college; I’m 24 years old,” she said.

Gatto, a 2012 Pitt graduate with a degree in business administration, is this year’s Miss Pennsylvania USA and will compete for the Miss USA title in Baton Rouge, La., on June 8. Gatto said she expects to win the Miss USA crown because her positive thinking fuels her success in pageants. After pageantry, Gatto has plans to act professionally, but if she’s not successful in acting within five years, she will pursue a master’s degree in business.

Last December at a Steelers home game, Gatto ran into another Pittsburgh native, actress Tamara Tunie, who plays Dr. Melinda Warner on NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU.” The two exchanged contact information, and Gatto said she hopes to work with “SVU” in the future after the Miss USA competition.

As Miss Pennsylvania USA, Gatto received a $45,600 scholarship to Lindenwood University of St. Charles, Mo.,, which she declined because she already completed her bachelor’s degree at Pitt. She also won a 20 percent tuition scholarship from the New York Film Academy, which she may use in the future to pursue a career in acting.

Miss Pennsylvania USA and Miss Pennsylvania are two different titles from different pageants. Miss USA and Miss Pennsylvania USA are owned by NBC Universal and Donald Trump, while Miss Pennsylvania is a title from the Miss America pageant, owned by the Miss America Organization.

“If I win Miss USA, I get to live in a penthouse in Trump Towers with Miss Universe,” Gatto said. “Losing is not an option. I think my personality was made to do this.”

Most of the state winners spend the months preceding the Miss USA competition doing charity work for various organizations and, Gatto said, they have the option to choose to have a platform, or sponsorship from one particular organization. Although no organization officially sponsors Gatto, she said her main goal is to spread awareness about sexual violence and rape.

Gatto’s mother, Theresa Gaugler, was raped 24 years ago as a college student while on her way home from work. Gatto is the product of that rape. Gatto’s good friend and Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority sister, Blair Droskey, said Gatto speaks quite openly about her own conception.

“You wouldn’t think that she doesn’t know who her dad was,” Droskey, a 2012 Pitt graduate, said. “It’s gotten easier for her to talk about now that she has this platform, now that she is Miss Pennsylvania [USA].”

Gina Cerilli, Miss Pennsylvania USA 2010, Gatto’s friend and coach, said she admires Gatto’s determination to be successful. Cerilli, who placed in the top 15 during the 2010 Miss USA competition, currently studies at Duquesne Law School.

“She didn’t grow up in a traditional household,” Cerilli said. “She doesn’t consider her mother a victim. She considers her a survivor.”

Gatto said she takes every opportunity she’s offered to appear on TV and often tries to use her time during those appearances to give advice on sexual assault, such as how to deal with sexual assault. She said she advises those who have experienced rape or sexual assault not to touch the scene of the crime and not to shower.

“I talk about what to do if it happens,” she said. “Even if [the police] do have the attacker, they’re going to get off if the evidence is all washed away.”

In the last year, Gatto has met with Highmark employees and various sorority members from across the state in downtown Pittsburgh for the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes organization, a race in which men wear high heels in order to raise awareness about sexual violence.

When speaking at events, Gatto said she often quotes Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network statistics. According to RAINN, two-thirds of assaults are committed by someone known to the victim. Gatto said she tells young people to be careful about whom they trust.

“It’s about being proactive and not reactive,” Gatto said. “But … you need to be reactive knowing what to do, like how to file a complaint and knowing what your options are.”

Gaugler said she is completely supportive of Gatto’s decision to talk about her conception publicly and is happy that her daughter’s recent publicity gives Gatto the chance to use their story to make a difference in other people’s lives.

While Gatto spoke about her mother’s rape during the interview portion of the Miss Pennsylvania USA competition, Gaugler said “you could’ve heard a pin drop in the audience.” It was an emotional experience for both Gatto and her mother. Gaugler said she has always been forthcoming with Gatto about her father.

“She has known since about second or third grade how she came about,” Gaugler said. “I gave her what I thought she could handle.”

Gatto said she hopes to use her story and her visibility as Miss Pennsylvania USA to make changes to the way society perceives survivors of sexual assault.

In her communication with Tunie, Gatto said she hopes to get in touch with Mariska Hargitay, who plays Olivia Benson on “SVU.” Hargitay started the Joyful Heart Foundation in 2004 to “heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse” according to the foundation’s website. Gatto said she hopes to collaborate with the Joyful Heart Foundation in the future.

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Mega Buzz: Scoop on SVU

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How will Olivia handle being a mother on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit? — Josie
She won’t get off to the best start! In fact, Olivia’s quality time with baby Noah will be interrupted by the ongoing hunt for the real culprits involved in Noah’s mother’s death. Needless to say, the case ultimately puts both Benson and the baby in danger. Fortunately, Benson will call on an old friend who will be instrumental in solving the case.



HiLuxury Photo Shoot Outtakes

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I just came across this stunning photo shoot from HiLuxury Magazine that Mariska did last year. I haven’t seen most of these so enjoy them in the gallery :)

HiLuxury Photo Shoot Outtakes


Mariska is an Honoree at the Unusual Suspects Theatre Company Gala

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Mariska is an honoree but not attending because it’s in LA and the same night as the JHF Gala.

The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company (US), an award-winning non-profit that provides transformational theatre-arts programs and mentorship to underserved Los Angeles County youth and families, has announced that Melissa Peterman (ABC’s “Baby Daddy”) is hosting its 6th Annual Gala, “Change. Together.” on May 29th, 2014 at the historic Cicada Restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles.

Confirmed attendees include Lacey Chabert (“Mean Girls” “Family Guy”), Kirsten Vangness (“Criminal Minds”), Roma Maffia (“Pretty Little Liars”), Dot Marie Jones (“Glee”), Kathy Kinney (“Secret Life of the American Teenager”), Maile Flanagan (“Shameless”), Sara Scott (Creative Exec., Universal Pictures), Anne Sweeney (President, Disney/ABC Television Group), and Nina Tassler (Chairman, CBS Entertainment)

This year’s honorees include Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles, 26th District), and Bradford Bancroft and the Bancroft Family. 2014 Host Committee Members include: Ed Asner, Austin and Virginia Beutner, Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, Hector Elizondo, Bruce Greenwood and Susan Devlin, Mariska Hargitay, David Henry Hwang and Kathryn Layng Hwang, Annie Lukowski, Melissa Peterman and John Brady, Karine Rosenthal and Bob Fisher. The evening will feature presentations by youth participants, cocktails, silent and live auctions, dinner, and an awards ceremony.

To find out more about the event, click here.

All proceeds benefit the ongoing efforts of The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company’s internationally-recognized, model mentoring program that uses theatre arts to reach underserved youth in the juvenile justice system, foster care, gangs, treatment centers, and violence?plagued neighborhoods. Each year, US impacts the lives of more than 5,000 local residents with the power of the performing arts.


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