Mariska Hargitay on 'Today': 'Law & Order: SVU' winter premiere was 'traumatizing'
Hargitay went on the "Today" show on Wednesday (Jan. 8) and told anchor Matt Lauer that the show feels completely new to her these days.
"I think it's been a journey," Hargitay says. "I think the writing changes now that we have new showrunners. It feels to me like a different show now, which I think is a great thing. After 15 years the show feels so unbelievably fresh, and that's a gift."
The Jan. 8 winter premiere was a tough one for Hargitay to shoot, as her character, Det. Olivia Benson, had to relive a violent kidnapping as the case against her disturbed attacker goes to trial.
"This episode was traumatizing for me just to shoot it, and I deal with these issues every day," Hargitay says. "It's about Olivia being a victim that she continually takes care of, so the tables are turned."
According to Hargitay, the episode won't be able to provide complete closure for Benson.
"What she went through I don't know that she can recover from," Hargitay says. "It has changed her. She's still fighting PTSD. Once she thought she got him, he got in there again in a deep and very painful way."
"Law & Order: SVU" airs Wednesdays on NBC at 9 p.m. ET/PT.