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Mariska Hargitay's 'Law & Order: SVU' hair scare

Emmy winner reveals how infamous short haircut almost got her fired

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert Sep 24, 2013 2:37PM

Detective Benson's life is on the line when "Law and Order: SVU" returns Wednesday, Sept. 25. It turns out this isn't the first time Mariska Hargitay's (Benson) run on the hit series has been threatened. The Emmy winner revealed she almost got the boot after a seriously short hair disaster.


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"That short hair, I don't regret; I liked it, but I almost got fired about it," Hargitay revealed in a recent interview. "I don't think Dick Wolf was a fan of the super short hair."

Hargitay's hair nightmare began sometime during "SVU" Season 3, after she asked a stylist from a photo shoot to give her a trim. The stylist came to Hargitay's home, and she was very impressed with his work -- at first. Then she offered him a glass of wine, and he accepted. Big mistake. Hargitay received quite a shock when she looked up from the book she was reading and saw what he'd done.

"You know that moment," Hargitay recounted. "I look up and [my breath caught]. My hair was so cute and then all of a sudden, he did the one irrevocable cut. I went, 'Oh! Oh!' and he said, "What? Honey, you're gorgeous." He kept going. He cuts it and then he leaves.


"I'm calling the producer at 10:30, [crying], 'I just got a haircut. I don't think it looks good!" I went over to the producer's house and he was like, 'Yeah, that's a problem.' When they saw dailies [at work], they weren't happy. "What were you doing?' [crying] 'He was drunk! Do you think I'd cut my hair like this?' It was so funny… not really."

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Just as Hargitay and "Law and Order: SVU" survived her bad haircut, Benson will somehow survive being kidnapped by a serial rapist-murderer (Pablo Schreiber) in Wednesday's two-hour premiere.

The "SVU" season 14 cliffhanger left Benson in the hands of a psycho who has gotten away with murder, multiple time. The SVU squad will take drastic measures to find Benson and since Hargitay signed a new deal with the show after the May finale, fans can expect our heroes to prevail - but at what cost? 

"It was a very painful episode to shoot, without a doubt" Mariska revealed. "It's been exciting, because after 14 years, you think, 'Where can you go? What else is there to do?' And this year, the arc that the writers have planned for me is so exciting, on a personal and professional and creative level."

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"Law and Order: SVU" returns Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 9 p.m. ET/PT one NBC.
Sep 4, 2014 12:16PM
I like Mariska (Marishka) is an Hungarian name for centuries. She plays her rolls very well. Nobody has to wajtch her she is NOT forcing anyone to do it. We have dislikes to like" jerry springer and many others" but some people do like them, I don't ! Sowhat ? Is like I love white grapes and someone likes prunes ! Who cares :) ? No big deal !
May 21, 2014 9:05PM
I personally am not a real fan of Mariska,  I have nothing against her but am just not crazy about her like some people.  I don't know why. Maybe it is the character she plays where any guy who glances into a girl's bathroom when somebody opened the door is a potential rapist and can never be reformed therefore must be mistreated and locked up forever.  Maybe there is something about her appearance. I can find nothing wrong with it. In fact it has everything I like in a woman's appearance but there is something that just does not do it for me.  Also I am a fan of long hair.  Having said all that I thought that the short hair actually made more sense considering the amount of time and the odd and sudden hours she works. It would require less maintenance.  The short hair picture above and the ponytails were her best looks. sometimes the long hair looked a little unkempt, maybe on purpose to keep with the role.  

I was of the understanding that she had her hair cut and styled and it looked so bad that it had to be re-cut and resulted in the cute short cut she wore. I do wish her and the show continued success. 
Sep 29, 2013 5:08PM
I commented here several days ago and I neglected to mention that I unplugged my TV in 2007 so I have not watched these Law & Order shows recently.
Sep 27, 2013 9:04AM

welala:  Go to hell.  The end - I am out of here - you are a horse's ****.  Have a good life you rinky dink stink pot.


Sep 26, 2013 4:35AM
Most beautiful woman on television.
Sep 26, 2013 1:44AM
What bad haircut? She was adorable with the short hair!!
She looks fabulous in any hair style and the pixie style was no exception. Had they fired her it would have been the end of the show. They need her moxie.

Sep 26, 2013 1:00AM
I had an experience like that, went for a trim and when she was finished she even had the nerve to ask if it was short enough!  Cried all the way home.  I have been cutting my own hair ever since.
Sep 25, 2013 9:12PM
The hair?   What about the weight?  What's up with her?
Sep 25, 2013 8:48PM
Mariska can rock ANY hairstyle...and make it look GOOD! 
Like mother, like daughter...truly beautiful inside, and out!
Sep 25, 2013 7:14PM
That  hair cut looks sophisticated, not all helpless and weepy...looks like a CEO of a business.
Sep 25, 2013 6:39PM
What a crock of crap!!!!!!!!!!   Millions of dollars spent per episode and they wouldn't be able find a wig or extensions to cover the head of Hargitay?  Insulting article on so many levels.
Sep 25, 2013 6:18PM
I think it'd be a nice plot to the story. Maybe they could act like he cut it off since he's a psycho. It just adds to the story line!
Sep 25, 2013 5:54PM
Most women change their hair, I like all her looks!
Sep 25, 2013 4:14PM
I love her short hair do.  Of course, she is pretty, with any hair-do.
Sep 25, 2013 3:41PM

The Short Hair look did made Hargitay looked butch and tougher than in previous seasons. I had gotten used to that new look for her. Now I have to get used to seeing her with much longer hair. I agree with a previous commentator that this hair scare would not have happened to a man. It is well known that there is a double standard in the Industry and anywhere else for men and women. Mankind has a long way to go in this area. The show needs to bring back Stabler from the grave. Perhaps the writers could say that it was not Stabler who got shot and it was his stunt double instead. He was quite a hunk. The guy who is her partner now has so many issues and is too thin. Big chested guys are better.

I loved her short hair. I've taken pictures of her with me to the salon so they could cut mine like that. Now, if they could only give me that face too.
Sep 25, 2013 2:26PM
This story was truly newsworthy. Now let's hear about her feminine hygiene problem.
Sep 25, 2013 2:26PM
Almost lost her job over a haircut. Wow. You would never hear of this happening to a man.
Sep 25, 2013 1:39PM

I survived a horrible hair cut.....I told the girl to take off 1/2 inch.....she must've thought I said LEAVE 1/2 20 something son asked if I was "changing teams" boss' 5 yo grandaughter saw me and pointed and started laughing.....


I took almost two years to grow it out to one layer again....

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