Dream role but for the odd nightmare

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(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

Spe­cial tal­ent:

Kelli Gid­dish is lov­ing

SVU.

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