Mariska is best known for playing Olivia Benson on the hit crime drama series ‘Law & Order: SVU’ since its premiere in 1990. With the return of With Christopher Meloni, who starred as Elliot Stabler we were expecting some double trouble for criminals, but a tabloid claimed Mariska Hargitay would be leaving the series ‘Law & Order: SVU.’
But why is she walking away, if she is walking away? So, how much of this is true? Also find out Mariska’s current net worth, and her salary?
Who Is Mariska Hargitay? Wiki, Bio
American actress Mariska Magdolna Hargitay was born on January 23rd, 1964, in Santa Monica, California, to actors Mickey Hargitay and Jayne Mansfield. She had to witness her parent’s divorce at a young age, so she went through emotional distress at that stage.
Mariska has two brothers, Miklos and Zoltan, and three half-siblings born from her mother’s first and third marriage. Additionally, Hargitay’s mother was also killed in a car crash when she was three and a half years old.
Growing up, she attended Marymount High School and was a cheerleader, an athletics, and a theatre student. After graduation, Hargitay enrolled at UCLA, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
Moreover, Mariska is married to Peter Hermann since 2004. The couple shares three children. August Miklos Friedrich Hermann is their biological son, and they have also adopted a girl, Amaya Josephine, and a boy, Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann.
Career Info: Televisions, Movie-Highlights
While attending college, Mariska was crowned Miss Beverly Hills USA, and later she competed in the Miss California USA and was able to be one of the finalists. Surprisingly, Mariska never thought about doing television until she got the offer for a role in the one-hour drama series Downtown.
Eventually, she did several minor roles on televisions such as Seinfeld, Ellen, All-American Girl, Baywatch, In the Heat of the Night, thirtysomething, and more.
After that, Hargitay switched her career towards the big screens and had a minor role in the 1995 film ‘Leaving Las Vegas.’
Mariska’s breakthrough role was for NBC police procedural television series ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ in 1999. At first, the show’ creator, Dick Wolf, thought she wasn’t fit for the role, but later it all worked out for all parties.
Surprisingly, she’s been in Law And Order for over two decades, and still, she’s the face of the show. Not only that, but she now works as a director and producer for Law & Order: SVU since 2014.
What Is Mariska Hargitay’s Net Worth?
The SVU actress’s net worth is a lot higher compared to other TV stars as she is the second highest-earning actress on the television, according to Forbes.
She earns around $450,000 per episode of the show, per season. The show ran for approximately 23 episodes, so mathematically, she made around $10.3 million this season.
Back in 2012, Mariska approximately made somewhere around $400,000 to $500,000 per episode. Reportedly, in 2009, she earned between $375,000-$385,000 per episode.
As of 2019, Mariska Hargitay has an estimated net worth of around $45 million. Forbes also reported that she makes extra money from the various licensing agreements.
Besides, Hargitay makes a decent amount of net worth from the endorsements and sometimes appears in TV commercials as well. In January 2007, she and her son appeared in an advertisement, ‘Got Milk?’
Mariska Hargitay’s Philanthropic Works
Hargitay is involved in charitable works. The SVU actress is the founder and president of the Joyful Heart Foundation that established in 2004. The leading organization’s purpose is to support survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. According to her word, the foundation raised $20 million and helped approximately 5,000 survivors in April 2011. Among her high profiled admirers’ singer, Taylor Swift was the one who came out and made a considerable donation that flooded the web in 2017.
That same year, Hargitay donated $100,000 to her alma mater the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television for the scholarship. In mid-February 2012, this actress donated $35,800 to the Obama Victory Fund.
House & Cars Details
Mariska Hargitay’s former Hollywood Hills home put on the market for $4.75 million in 2016. The Spanish-style residence has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and a heart-shaped pool. Reportedly, Hargitay and her husband Peter Hermann bought the property in 2006 for $1.56 million.
Besides, Mariska listed her NYC home for $10.75 million in 2018, which she purchased in 2012 for $10.7 million. The 6,000 square-foot home, located at 45 West 84th Street, has five-bedroom, six-bathroom, and three powder rooms. She sold out the house for $9.75 million in February 2019.
Mariska Hargitay Wiki, Bio, Net Worth, House, Cars
|Date of Birth||23 January 1964|
|Age||55 years old|
|Place||Santa Monica, California|
|Profession||Actress, Director, Producer|
|Net Worth||$45 Million|