‘Law & Order SVU’: Mariska Hargitay’s Breakup With Peter Hermann Before Their Marriage: ‘I Was Heartbroken’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Peter Hermann and Mariska Hargitay

Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay and Younger star Peter Hermann have been married since 2004. Although they appear to have an ideal relationship, Hargitay says they broke up just a few instances earlier than getting married. One of their breakups passed off after Thanksgiving and the actor says she was “heartbroken.”

Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann related over a dialog about God

Peter Hermann and Mariska Hargitay | Tony Barson/FilmMagic
Peter Hermann and Mariska Hargitay | Tony Barson/FilmMagic

Hargitay and Hermann first met on the set of Law & Order: SVU throughout a season three episode titled “Monogamy.” Hermann says he was so taken by Hargitay that he got here into her dressing room after his scene was over so they might speak. They knew they’d one thing particular after their dialog.

“You came into my dressing room,” says Hargitay within the e-book What Makes a Marriage Last by Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue. “Nobody does that. And then we talked for like three hours about God. That’s where the conversation went.”

Hermann says he and Hargitay related on a deep degree. He was reluctant to go house when his Law & Order: SVU scene was completed. “I knew very quickly that we had dealings with each other, business with each other,” he advised Donahue and Thomas. “And it was very telling that at the end of that episode I didn’t want to leave.”

They found they’d completely different expectations

Hargitay describes their early relationship years as “magic.” She additionally says she was “crazy about” Hermann. However, their relationship obtained rocky after they realized they’d completely different expectations. They didn’t see eye-to-eye on main points.

“We saw the world differently,” says Hermann. “You end up opening your heart fairly wide when you marry someone, so I was proceeding with great care, sort of inching my way forward.”

Hargitay nonetheless remembers the day she realized their relationship was ending. “I remember it was Thanksgiving, and he came to my house,” stated Hargitay. “I had all these people over–it was beautiful and a very big deal—and he was the first to leave. I thought, Wait, what? Are you in or are you out? I’m in, but I’m only in if we’re both in. I was in love and ready to really move forward.”

Hermann says he left early as a result of he wanted extra time to make a call about their relationship. They later broke up and went with out talking for 3 months.

Mariska Hargitay talks about her ‘heartbreak’

Hargitay was harm by the breakup, however issues ultimately circled. “I was brokenhearted,” Hargitay advised Thomas and Donahue. “And this is true: On the day that I woke up and thought I might be okay—that I was over him and could continue life as I knew it—all of a sudden I got a letter from Peter. It was an unbelievably beautiful letter that explained a lot. And then he asked me out for Valentine’s Day.”

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