Dream role but for the odd nightmare
(Mariska Hargitay), Odafin Tutuola (rapper Ice-t) and John Munch (Richard Belzer).
‘‘ I will tell you I’ve had some screwed up dreams lately,’’ Giddish says. ‘‘ It is horrible subject matter — people doing terrible things to each other.
‘‘ I have had people come up to me at the park who recognise me from SVU. They’ve gone through sexual abuse in their life and we talk about it.
‘‘ I am very proud to be a part of a show that addresses this kind of stuff.’’
Hargitay feels so strongly about sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse that she set up the Joyful Heart Foundation in 2004.
The foundation provides support for survivors of violence and aims to end the cycle of violence and abuse.
‘‘ I have a great role model in Mariska,’’ Giddish says. Giddish, who got her start in soapie All My Children, knocked back an ongoing role in The Good Wife to join SVU.
It came after lead roles in two short-lived TV series.
In 2010, Giddish starred as US Marshal Annie Frost in bigbudget crime drama Chase, which was cancelled after 18 episodes.
Fox series Past Life fared even worse. Giddish played past life detective Kate Mcginn. It was axed after three episodes.
‘‘ It has been such a luxury to be on a series ( SVU) that has been around for a long time, and is still producing a strong show every week,’’ she says.
‘‘ Putting your heart and soul into something and then not knowing if it’s going to be around— it’s tough.’’ Law& Order: SVU, Channel 10, Thursday, 9.30pm
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