A Look Back at Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann’s 22-Year Storybook Romance

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“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” may not be a romantic show, but it is where Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann fell in love!

Hargitay and Hermann met on the set of “SVU” in 2001, when the “Younger” actor guest starred as defense attorney Trevor Langan. After three years of dating, the couple married in August 2004 at a Santa Barbara chapel at a 200-guest wedding. They now reside in New York with their three adorable children – sons August and Andrew and daughter Amaya.

Hargitay, who plays the lead character Olivia Benson on the long-running show, recalled the first time she met Hermann on the set during a January 2022 interview with Drew Barrymore. “I was nervous, and I heard [Hermann] was German, and I didn’t know what to do, so I said – this is so embarrassing – I said, ‘So you’re a kraut.’ And he goes like this, ‘That’s funny.'”

That first sweet – and funny – moment led to 19 years and counting of marriage, which Hargitay celebrated with a sweet Instagram tribute on Aug. 29. Over the past decade, the pair have experienced many beautiful relationship milestones, from welcoming their children to celebrating Hargitay’s 500th episode on “Law & Order: SVU,” and everything in between. And because we love them so much, we’ve broken down each of this aspirational couple’s major relationship moments ahead.

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