Mariska Hargitay, born on January 23, 1964, had always been passionate about acting. But it was her role as Detective Olivia Benson on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" that truly launched her career.
In 2004, she starred in the movie "Plain Truth" and decided to use her platform for a greater cause. She became an activist and founded the "Joyful Heart Foundation," a non-profit organization that helps survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault. Becoming a mother later in life had a profound impact on her.
She said, "August has changed everything! You know, I think because I became a mom later in life, everything in life means more. Every day is deeper and richer and more soulful." After having August, Hargitay and her husband, Peter Hermann, wanted to give him siblings. They knew they wanted a big family, and adoption was always in their hearts. They contacted an adoption lawyer and began their journey. It wasn't an easy road, with false starts and cases that didn't work out. But then came the opportunity they had been waiting for. They met a pregnant young woman who was considering adoption.
They went through the vetting process and had a chance to meet her. Hargitay was filled with joy. She and the birth mother talked for a month, and when the time came for the delivery, the birth mother called Hargitay. At the hospital, they placed a newborn baby girl in Hargitay's arms. They named her and formed a bond with her for two days. The couple unexpectedly received a call from their lawyer about a premature baby boy who was in need of a loving family. They went to the hospital and met the birth mother, who had been through a lot. In just two days, another member joined their family. They named the baby Andrew after a dear friend they had lost. Their family was now complete with two boys and a girl. Hargitay is a hands-on mother who loves getting to know her children and supporting them in their interests. Each child is unique and has their own passions.