I just uploaded pictures of Mariska on location from earlier today.
On Location in NYC
October 21, 2014
11/05/2014 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : A BABYSITTER’S GHOST STORIES BECOME REALITY WHEN THREE YOUNG GIRLS GO MISSING
Best friends Perry Gilbert (guest star Chloe Csengery) and Mia Harris (guest star Mina Sundwall) sneak into the woods with Mia’s young sister Zoe (guest star Oona Laurence) in tow. Their search for the mythical Glasgowman leads to a series of violent events, leaving Zoe gravely injured and the other girls missing. While Detectives Rollins (Kelli Giddish) and Carisi (Peter Scanavino) work to locate the suspect, Sgt. Benson (Mariska Hargitay) digs through the stories to distinguish fantasy from reality. Also starring Danny Pino (Detective Nick Amaro). Also guest starring Will Harris (Charlie Dorsey), Griffin Matthews (Leslie Connolly), Jeanine Bartel (Barbara Gilbert), Tricia Paoluccio (Robin Thornhill) and Stephanie Kurtzuba (Joan Harris).
In this season of college homecomings coinciding with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Vice President Joe Biden and Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay have teamed up to tell victims of campus sexual assault that the powerful duo has got their backs.
“It is a huge opportunity because people look to football players to set the bar,” the “Law & Order” star tells TheWrap
Mariska Hargitay is adding some serious muscle to her campaign against domestic violence and sexual assault.
The “Law & Order: SVU” star has expanded her series of domestic-violence public service announcements to include spots featuring numerous NFL stars, including San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich and Hall of Famers Cris Carter and Aeneas Williams. Dwayne Allen, William Gay, Alfred Morris, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Merton Hanks, James Thrash and Charles Way also are featured in the spots.
The new spots, part of the ongoing “No More” campaign that Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation participates in, will premiere on “Thursday Night Football” beginning Oct. 23.
While “No More” PSAs featuring actors have previously aired during NFL games, the addition of NFL players to the campaign brings a new dimension to the effort. And the new spots couldn’t come at a more relevant time, as the league grapples with a rash of domestic-violence cases that have generated negative headlines for the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell.
The spots were shot Monday and Tuesday in a three-pronged approach by Hargitay, “Ironside” actor Blair Underwood and “24: Live Another Day” actor Tate Donovan, with Hargitay directing some spots in New York, Underwood directing others in Los Angeles and Donovan helming still more in Dallas.
TheWrap spoke with Hargitay to discuss the anti-domestic violence campaign’s new phase.
TheWrap: How did this campaign featuring NFL players come about?
Mariska Hargitay: It’s a very kind of beautiful story. We released these [earlier PSAs] a year ago and have been making these for the past year during different shoots, and we finally did another shoot with Viacom. We aired them during the NFL football [season], and then the players saw them. And it was funny because I was watching them with Maile Zambuto, my CEO of Joyful Heart, and as we watched them we said, “Wouldn’t it be a dream if the NFL players could do these spots?” They’re the fabric of American culture, they’re the center of our society, really. Within a half-hour, we started getting emails saying the players wanted to be part of the campaign. It was the players’ initiative to partner with us. It’s pretty awesome.
How does the “No More” campaign fit in with the overall movement against domestic violence and sexual assault?
“No More” is an initiative much like the red ribbon is to AIDS or the pink ribbon is to breast cancer. But this “No More” symbol is for the first time having a symbol that unifies the sexual assault and domestic violence movement. So it’s our symbol. But hundreds and hundreds of organizations have come together. It has actually unified all of these organizations. The point is, together we can end sexual assault and domestic violence. We were trying to figure out how to bring everybody together, just like those symbols did for the other organizations for AIDS and for breast cancer. And my foundation, Joyful Heart, produced these. That was sort of our gift to the field, to produce them.
The NFL has been in the news lately for a number of domestic violence cases. Do you think that the culture of the NFL lends itself to violence, or is it a matter of these cases just getting more attention than they might have in the past?
I think violence is part of the culture of the world, it’s not necessarily the culture of the NFL. It’s in every institution, it’s everywhere, it’s in society, sadly. So I think what this is, it’s just shining a light. It is a huge opportunity because people look to football players to set the bar. These are the people who are our heroes today. And if they stand up and say, “No more” and show men how to be real men … you know, this is targeted at young boys. We’re trying to grow them up a different way and teach them that there are different options and alternatives, and violence is not one of them.
So do you feel that athletes doing these PSAs will have a different impact than the earlier PSAs that have featured actors?
Much different. I think there’s hero worship for athletes, and they push their bodies beyond what’s normal. They can do anything, they’re heroes in so many ways. So this is being a hero of integrity, and showing how young boys should behave and can behave, and different ways to behave.
The PSAs featuring the players will air during NFL games — which, in addition to targeting the people you’re hoping to reach, also offers an enormous audience for the spots.
It’s the biggest audience, and I think one of the most important audiences. Already, these have been in front of hundreds of millions, and it’s gonna be more now. The impact and the reach is absolutely huge. And that’s the goal — the goal is obviously visibility and reach. And the most exciting part of it is that we’re just getting started. This is just the beginning.
On his first day on the set of Law & Order: SVU, Peter Gallagher had one very important mission — and it had nothing to do with memorizing his lines or remembering his blocking.
“Mariska [Hargitay] and I did a selfie for Kathryn, my daughter,” Gallagher tells TVGuide.com, “and she texted back and said, ‘Dad, this is the coolest thing you’ve ever done.'”
Although the longtime actor is already considered “cool” in many circles for his work on Covert Affairs and, most memorably, as the beloved Sandy Cohen on The O.C., it’s his latest role that has won him some serious brownie points at home. “I’m like the only New York actor I know who has never done an SVU,” Gallagher says. “I was like, ‘We got to fix that!'”
Gallagher does just that on Wednesday’s episode (9/8c, NBC) when he debuts as Deputy Chief William Dodds, the tough, no-nonsense head of all of the special victims units in the NYPD. “He was somebody who came up through the ranks and you could see how he’s a character that could go one way but I really believe he wants to see all his units succeed. He wants to see Sgt. Benson succeed,” Gallagher says. “He just has a certain specific style of how things should be done.”
Indeed, Dodds and Benson get off to a rocky start when a bike messenger creates a video diary of his troubles with the opposite sex as he begins to commit violent acts against young women across the city. The case, which quickly becomes front-page news, couldn’t come at a worse time for Benson, whose son Noah was taken to the emergency room at the end of last week’s episode. “I think that he sees himself as a great coach and I think he sees that Sgt. Benson is a talented officer and investigator,” he says. “Part of his job is making sure that the activities of all those units contribute to the over-reaching interest of the police department and what needs to be done.”
Ripped-from-the-headlines cases such as this one– which is based on the May 2014 Isla Vista killings that left six dead — is one of the reasons Gallagher was attracted to Law & Order: SVU. “The most fun I have acting is when the stories are contributing to the world we live in,” he says. “I like that SVU doesn’t shy away from that.”
While some might shy away from an aging series, SVU also appealed to Gallagher precisely because of it’s long run. “You have the luxury of being in a show that has quite a track record and such a loyal following. It reminds me of one of the first jobs I had in New York, in the original company of Grease and I played Danny Zuko and I did it for a year. I didn’t know at that point that it was unusual to do a show for a year until I did a bunch of flops after that that lasted 10 minutes,” he says. “There’s a good chance that there will be an audience there for your work, at the next performance or the next episode and it allows people to be busy with getting the job done instead of necessarily worrying every five seconds if somebody is going to pull the plug tomorrow.”
It’s this mentality that keeps Gallagher so busy. In addition to his recurring role on Law & Order: SVU, the Tony nominee is getting ready to return to the Broadway stage this spring opposite Kristin Chenoweth in a revival of the classical musical On the Twentieth Century. So when he’s not busting Benson’s chops or playing a dramatic hostage scene, he’s taking tap dance classes and working on his vocals. “I’m going to be on Broadway in a couple of months so I got to make as much money as I can,” he jokes of his current balancing act. “It is a great contrast. … It’s good for your soul.”
And that’s not all. In addition to SVU, Covert Affairs and his upcoming five-month stint on the Great White Way, Gallagher also recently worked on HBO’s upcoming comedy series Togetherness from writer-directors Mark and Jay Duplass (The Mindy Project). The gig is just his latest foray into comedy following How I Met Your Mother and a most surprising turn on Comedy Central’s Kroll Show earlier this year as Bobby Bottleservice’s gigolo mentor Sage. “What’s very nice is to have that balance of shows that are scripted, like Covert Affairs… and SVU. And then you have shows like the Kroll Show and Togetherness which are scripted but it’s a different style where you’re free and encouraged… to improvise,” he says. “What I really enjoy is that I’m not just doing one kind of thing, whether it’s TV or theater or film or comedy or drama. It keeps me interested.”
While some actors might want more downtime in between Covert Affairs‘ action-packed 16-episode seasons, the busier Gallagher stays the better. “Why would I not do it if someone’s interested enough to have me do it?” he says. “At some point, that phone will stop ringing and until then, I still love what I do and I want nothing more than to do that with people I admire and respect in a role that I feel I can maybe contribute something to.”
Law & Order: SVU airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on NBC. Are you excited to see Gallagher on the series?
I am so sorry it has taken me this long to get the screen caps up, but you can view them in the gallery below
If you plan on participating in the scavenger hunt, you have until the 16th to donate to the Joyful Heart Foundation. However, I am sending out the first set of clues tonight so the sooner you donate, the more time you will have to finish and win prizes!