Mariska Hargitay is a world-renowned actress known for her work in films like Ghoulies, Welcome to 18, Jocks, The Perfect Weapon etc. Some believe that she was born with a silver spoon but her hard work and talents made her into a household name. To add to her acting talents she is also a director, producer and music video model.
Mariska Hargitay was born Mariska Magdolna Hargitay on January 23, 1964, in Santa Monica, California, the U.S. to former Mr. Universe father, Mickey Hargitay who was Hungarian born and mother Jayne Mansfield. Mansfield was also an icon of Hollywood and was considered a sex symbol in the 1950s.
Mariska belongs to mixed ethnicity and is an American by nationality. She is an Aquarius by her birth sign.
She studied at a Catholic secondary school called Marymount High School. Hargitay was an active student and later enrolled at UCLA after graduating from high school in 1982, the same year she was also crowned Miss Beverly Hills USA. She graduated from university in 1986.
She attended UCLA School of Theater Film and Television because of her interest in acting.
Hargitay is a married woman with kids. She got married to Peter Hermann, an actor, on the set of Law & Order: SVU, on August 28, 2004, in an event held in Santa Barbara, California. They were blessed with their first child, a son on June 28, 2006, which they named August Miklos Friedrich Hermann.
Likewise, in April of 2011, they adopted a daughter, Amaya Josephine and were also present for her birth. In October 2011 they adopted a boy Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann who was born in mid-2011.
From her household-name status as an actress, director, and executive producer she amassed a jaw-dropping net worth of $50 million. He reported salary as of February 2019 is $450,000 per episode of her show. She also did charity work and has raised $20 million for noble causes.
Hargitay’s career has taken many paths over the years, she is a model, actress, director, and producer. She started her career as a model by competing in and winning the Miss Beverly Hills USA pageant. She then started working in TV and on the big screen.
Similarly, her debut film was Ghoulies which came out in 1985, after this she did Welcome to 18 the next year. She also tried her hand in comedy and made a cameo appearance alongside Mike Myers in The Love Guru which came out in 2008.