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Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann: A Timeline of Their Lasting Relationship

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Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann: A Timeline of Their Lasting Relationship
Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann: A Timeline of Their Lasting Relationship
Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann: A Timeline of Their Lasting Relationship
Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann: A Timeline of Their Lasting Relationship
Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann: A Timeline of Their Lasting Relationship
Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann: A Timeline of Their Lasting Relationship
Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann: A Timeline of Their Lasting Relationship
Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann: A Timeline of Their Lasting Relationship
Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann: A Timeline of Their Lasting Relationship
Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann: A Timeline of Their Lasting Relationship
Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann: A Timeline of Their Lasting Relationship
Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann: A Timeline of Their Lasting Relationship
Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann: A Timeline of Their Lasting Relationship
Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann: A Timeline of Their Lasting Relationship
Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann: A Timeline of Their Lasting Relationship
Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann: A Timeline of Their Lasting Relationship
Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann: A Timeline of Their Lasting Relationship
Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann: A Timeline of Their Lasting Relationship
Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann: A Timeline of Their Lasting Relationship

Mariska Hargitay should thank Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for more than decades on the air. The hit NBC drama also introduced her to husband Peter Hermann.

The couple, who tied the knot in August 2004, began their lasting relationship after the Younger star made a guest appearance on the show during season 3 in 2002. Hermann continued his role as Trevor Langan to Hargitay’s Olivia Benson throughout the series’ run, popping in from time to time as their offscreen romance thrived.

Two years after their wedding, the pair welcomed son August in June 2006. They kept expanding their family in 2011, adopting daughter Amaya and son Andrew within months of each other.

While the actors remain private the majority of the time, Hargitay opened up to Us Weekly in June 2018 about balancing her professional success with motherhood. “It’s hard. I’m not going to say it’s easy, it’s hard. I’m learning to [balance]. I try to be super present with where I am,” she explained. “When I’m at work, I’m at work. When I’m with my kids, I’m with my kids.”

Still, the Emmy winner knows how to make it all work — with help from Hermann, of course. “There are days I go home and just cry. There have been days when I didn’t see my kids. Those are the days I’m like, ‘Maybe I’m done [filming Law & Order: SVU],’” she admitted. “But now, this is a gift of doing something for 20 years. We’re such a well-oiled machine. I go in there and I’m like, ‘Guys, I’ve got a kids thing. I’m out.’ They’re like, ‘Got it, boom.’”

Hargitay also knows the importance of alone time with the actor, whom she frequently jets away with on travels around the world.

Scroll to relive the duo’s relationship timeline!

November 2001
Hargitay met her future husband when he guest-starred as Trevor Langan in the Law & Order: SVU season 3 episode “Monogamy,” which aired in 2002. The actor continued to appear throughout the long-running drama.
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August 2004
The couple tied the knot in Santa Barbara, California, after two years of dating.  
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June 2006
Hargitay welcomed her first child, son August, with Hermann on June 28.
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April 2011
The pair adopted daughter Amaya in April 2011. “I basically pulled Amaya out,” the actress told Good Housekeeping in May 2012 of being involved with the birth. “Peter and I held her, and then the birth mother and I hugged for a long time. That was profound. That was one of the most meaningful moments I’ve ever had in my life.”
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October 2011
Months after adding their second child to the family, Hargitay and Hermann adopted son Andrew. “It was one of those things that we were not expecting at all and my husband and I looked at each other and have never been more sure about anything,” she said during an April 2012 appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
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June 2012
The Joyful Heart founder raved about her home life in June 2012. “I get very excited about my double stroller,” she told Us at the time. “Every time I look at it, I get a shot of adrenaline and joy because I think, ‘This is real!’ I have everything I need. Our house is very joyful.”
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October 2015
Hargitay and Hermann showed off their brood in October 2015 when they sported family Halloween costumes inspired by Inside Out. The actor was a spot-on Fear, while the ER alum perfectly embodied Joy.
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September 2016
The duo, who often give fans a peek at their worldwide travels, cuddled up while on a vacation to Hawaii. “#JoyfulWeekend,” she captioned the sweet Instagram pic.
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June 2018
Hargitay gushed about Hermann while discussing her work-life balance. “I have an incredible support system with my husband. He’s an actor so he also understands,” she told Us. “I try to keep it organic. The kids come to set all the time. I have worked out my schedule a bit that I have a little more flexibility. I have a great time behind me.”
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October 2018
Round two! The Hermanns dressed in their best Avengers ensembles for their 2018 family Halloween costume. “#FamiliesThatAvengeTogetherStayTogether,” she wrote on Instagram. “#InfinityLove.”
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March 2018
Hermann said “there is no secret” to her successful marriage with Hargitay. “We’re all just working through it — whether it’s a relationship that exists in the public eye to some degree or doesn’t,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “Our son plays basketball and his coach says, ‘Fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals,’ and I think when it comes to relationships, the fundamentals, in the end, are not that complicated.”
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June 2019
On Today With Hoda & Jenna, Hargitay opened up about why she got emotional after her first date with Hermann. “I cried because I was feeling something that I’d never felt before, but I kind of knew what it was and I always say people, well, you know, when you’re a little girl, your parents and your grandparents and everyone goes, ‘When you’re in love, you’ll know.’ And I did,” she explained. “And before I did I’d never felt that. And so when I was sitting in church, it was so hilarious, because Peter was like, ‘Oh my god, she’s so moved.’”
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February 2020
Hargitay posted a selfie of the duo from their time at Super Bowl LIV in Miami, writing: “So happy to be LIVing together.”
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March 2020
Hargitay shared a cute photo of the duo enjoying date night. “In step with Peter Hermann @atlantictheater,” she wrote, calling her hubby a “#SilverFox.”
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August 2020
The two celebrated their anniversary amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Thank you for all your beautiful wishes for our 16th wedding anniversary,” Hargitay wrote via Instagram. “In this time of so much uncertainty this sure feels good. #Sweet16.”  
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November 2020
Hermann raved over Hargitay as a new season of Law & Order: SVU debuted. “Here’s looking at you @mariska! Congrats on tonight’s premiere of Season 22—TWENTY-TWO!!!!—of @nbcsvu,” he tweeted. “You’re the enduring backbone, determined heart and bright, shining spirit who makes it all possible. I love you, I’m so proud of you…. and your smile just slays me. #SVU.” 
Later that month, she posted a cuddly Instagram photo of them for Thanksgiving, gushing: “Grateful.”
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October 2021
Hermann celebrated his wife after she reached 500 episodes on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. “You astonish me. We met in episode 54. Best 447 episodes of my life,” he tweeted. “Congratulations, you beautiful life force. I love you. #SVU.”
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November 2021
The duo made a rare red carpet appearance at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards, where Hargitay was honored alongside Megan Thee Stallion, Amanda Gorman and others. 
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