Peter Scanavino

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE COUCH - BY COLIN VICK­ERY NA­TIONAL TV WRITER

one of the things Carisi is re­ally good at — re­lat­ing to peo­ple. He has a deep em­pa­thy now for the vic­tims.

Do you find the SVU sub­ject mat­ter con­fronting? I’ve never been one of those ac­tors who take work home with me but deal­ing with this sub­ject mat­ter ev­ery day and es­pe­cially hav­ing a wife who I love dearly and two chil­dren, it is very easy for me to imag­ine ‘what if it were my own kids, what if it were my wife?’ That in­stantly puts you in a frame of mind of how this stuff re­ally does af­fect peo­ple.

Mariska Har­gi­tay is the soul of the show as Olivia Ben­son. What is it like work­ing with her? Mariska is ex­tremely funny and re­laxed and loose on set. She treats ev­ery per­son with re­spect. I have been on other shows where peo­ple have had some pretty bad be­hav­iour. You never get that from Mariska.

LAW & OR­DER: SVU, CHAN­NEL 10, THURS­DAY, 9PM

Peter Scanavino found it a bit daunting when he first joined the show.

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