3. Of their chemistry, Hargitay recalled their final audition together, saying, "We started talking, and it turns out they'd paired us up, and he'd felt the same way reading the script—like it was a really good fit for him. We went into the room, comfortable in these roles, and everything fit like a glove."
For Hargitay, who was just coming off of a stint on ER, she immediately connected to the pilot script, explaining to Marie Claire, "I felt the part in my soul. When I went in to read for Dick, I saw other actresses in the waiting room, and I told him, 'I need you to understand, this is my role.'"
4. While fans were desperate for the partners to hook up (even though Stabler was married) during Meloni's 12 seasons on the show, they never did, with the actor later explaining why he believed the writers never went there. ""That I think they always knew would be the death knell of that relationship," he said. "I think they needed to keep that line taut and very clear…Keep the tension, never cross it."