Inside Hilary Swank and Mariska Hargitay Relationship: The Best Friends Are Closer Than Ever

It’s very common for actors to become very close friends after filming something together.

Some of the most popular friendships are between Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez, as well as Mariska Hargitay and Hilary Swank friendship.

Who is Mariska Hargitay?

The gorgeous 62-year-old actress Mariska Hargitay started her acting career all the way back in 1984 at the age of 20, with her debut role in “Ghoulies”.

From 1985 to 2000, she had minor roles in the movies “Jocks”, “Mr. Universe”, “Hard Time Romance”, as well as in TV series “Downtown”, “Falcon Crest”,  “Tequila and Bonetti”, “Can’t Hurry Love”, and “ER”.

In 1999, she landed her most important role so far, which is the portrayal of Detective Olivia Benson in the popular TV series called “Law & Order”.

She appeared in the same role in several series, such as “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.”.

Mariska has given life to her character Olivia Benson for over 20 years in over 500 episodes since she’s been a part of the main cast of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” from 1999 – ongoing.

Other than a successful acting career, Hargitay is also passionate about production. 

She has been an executive producer of 117 episodes of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, as well as documentary movies such as “Copy That”, “Emanuel”, and “My Beautiful Stutter”.

How did Mariska Hargitay and Hilary Swank meet?

Mariska Hargitay met her best friend Hilary Swank at the filming set of the medical TV drama called “ER”. 

Mariska’s portrayal of Cynthia Hooper in the ER from 1998 is considered one of her most important roles ever.

Hilary Swank met her future husband at the same filming set, so we can say “ER” was a great project for her as well.

The two went on being best friends for over 20 years now, and they’ve been very supportive of each other, which we can see in their social media accounts and on the red carpet, too.

Hilary Swank successful acting career

Hilary’s acting career took off in 1992, after her debut TV appearance in the series called “Evening Shade”.
Soon after this, she lands several minor roles in the series “Growing Pains” and the movie “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”.

In 1992, she was cast as Danielle, the main character for the 19 episodes of the TV series called “Camp Wilder”.

From 1995 to 2005, Swank has appeared in TV series such as “Leaving L.A.” and “Beverly Hills 90210”, being the lead female character in both of these.

Her greatest achievement in the acting industry is winning 19 “Best Lead Actress” awards in 1999 and 2000 for the movie “Boys Don’t Cry”.

Since then, she’s had both minor and major roles in TV series “Trust”, “Away”, as well as in movies “Spark”, “What They Had”, “P.S. I Love You”, “The Black Dahlia”.

Just like her best friend Mariska, Hilary is also a successful executive producer, having taken part in the production of movies such as “What They Had”, “You’re Not You”, “Amelia”, and “Conviction”.

Her most recent roles include movies “Fatale” and “The Hunt” from 2020.