Mariska Hargitay Quotes

  • It's a new skill to have two children that want you at the same time.

  • Every day is deeper and richer and more soulful.

  • I think people were expecting me to be that kind of glamorous sexpot. So they were always, Wow you're not what I expected.

  • Golf made me feel like a loser. So I dismissed it.

  • Meisner technique was different than anything I'd ever experienced. It's a really great way to be accountable to your craft and to yourself, but also it takes that kind of focus and dedication to learn anything.

  • The experience of being cared for is profound, and it nourishes the soul as much as the food does the body.

  • I have a more developed sense of my priorities. Life has so much more meaning now.

  • When I was pregnant, I was so huge and people on the bus would get up for me. That made me feel so precious and valued and valuable. I try to treat everyone like they're pregnant.

  • Just smiling at someone walking down the street can make the person's day. It's all about paying it forward.

  • I realize that you have to show up for your life.

  • I think one of the mistakes actors make is we're so focused on what we're going to say.

  • When I read the script sometimes, it's like 'Christ! Enough!' I can't sleep at night sometimes. There's the occasional script that just hammers you, that you can't shower off.

  • Life begins at 40, and I'm living proof.

  • Italian culture is so deeply soaked in an appreciation of the good things in life.

  • I definitely have my days where I look like I got dressed in the dark.

  • Chocolate is the first luxury. It has so many things wrapped up in it: deliciousness in the moment, childhood memories, and that grin-inducing feeling of getting a reward for being good.

  • When I was in my early 20s, I had my hair permed. Bad idea! It turned into total frizz. My advice to women is, if you have nice hair already, don't get a perm, leave your hair alone!

  • When my body is strong, I feel stronger inside. I feel more capable of handling emotional situations. Usually I'm more of a inside-out person, but this was a great case of me from the outside in.

  • As an actress, there were so many months, years even, when I didn't get work, when I wanted to quit.

  • When we're on the street and someone drops something, I pick it up.

  • I have so much love that I didn't even know about.

  • You know how you wake up in the morning and sometimes you look gorgeous and other times you look like you got hit by a mack truck? I realized that my mack truck is food. If I have no sugar, yeast or wine, I have no undereye bags and my skin is perfect.

  • My weekends are extremely precious.

  • It's very difficult leaving the house anytime with my baby at home.

  • If you stop for one second and do something, everyone is happy. You pay it forward and it comes back to you twelve-fold.

  • When you see a girl like me bustin' perps, there ain't no time to be pretty.

  • If I eat clean, I look 10 years younger.

  • I am proud to be a role model for my viewers. I am finding out that helping victims is as or more rewarding the all the awards I win.

  • Sometimes things in life happen that allow us to understand our priorities very clearly. Ultimately you can see those as gifts.

  • Yes. I did more research than I ever wanted to and saw some things I wish I didn't. I went on ride-alongs, spent time with Homicide, Cold Case, and SVU detectives, hung out in subways learning how to spot pervs and pick-pockets, viewed an autopsy, went to a police firing range, and witnessed court cases and I read, read, read.

  • You've got to kick fear to the side, because the payoff is huge.

  • Having a child changes everything. All of a sudden you have so much to lose, so much to live for.

  • I have a nest egg, and I don't buy above my means.

  • Becoming a parent erased many of my negative childhood feelings and filled them in with something new.

  • My heart just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

  • You make sacrifices to become a mother, but you really find yourself and your soul.

  • I say to everybody, 'Adoption is not for the faint of heart.'

  • I was lucky enough to have a father who said, 'Don't quit.' So I just kept going.

  • There's the occasional script that just hammers you, that you can't shower off.

  • I get very excited about my double stroller. Every time I look at it, I get a shot of adrenaline and joy because I think, This is real!

  • Of course everyone says they hate baby talk, but mine was not annoying.

  • It's a life's journey of finding ourselves, finding our power, and living for yourself, not for everyone else.

  • I'm an L.A. girl who became a tough New York cop.

  • I'm a ready-shoot-aim kind of gal.

  • I think because I became a mom later in life, everything in life means more.

  • I look at all the things life has allowed me to do, and I feel like the luckiest person in the world.

  • I am grateful that I didn't let fear get the best of me. It only holds you back from possibilities and greatness.

  • I want to be a fun mom. Not a gasping for air mom.

  • I have everything I need. Our house is very joyful.

  • Surviving and thriving in the wake of my mother's loss, I learned to believe in God. He has a plan, if you pay attention to the signs. I am inspired by the absolute proof of miracles.

  • Everything has combined to make my life in New York an amazing experience. I told my manager a few years ago that I wanted to move here and try acting in the theater.