"When you experience severe trauma as I did at an early age, you get it,” Hargitay reflected. “As a child, I paid the price. When you lose a parent, there’s always a hole there.”
It’s part of what originally drew her to Benson.
“There’s a hole in my heart for sure,” she said. “Everything that’s happened, including my success, is what has made me what I am. It’s given me strength, and redefined me. I was very strong because of my father. It’s who I am as a woman—strong, with an enormous amount of vulnerability and pain. It’s certainly Olivia. We come from the same pain."