NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was recently named the longest-running drama series in television history, beating its predecessor, the original Law & Order. The show chronicles the crime-fighting efforts of a group of New York City detectives led by Police Commissioner Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay). The show, which premiered in 1999, frequently changes cast members. However, Ice-T has remained in his role as detective Odafin Tutuola since his introduction in Season 2.
Actor Kelly Giddish joined the popular series much later, first appearing in Law & Order: SVU as the victim of an attack by the name of Kara Bawson. The Georgia native was brought back to the show in 2011 as Detective Amanda Rollins — an often-plagued officer living with a gambling addiction.
Like Ice-T, Giddish continues to be a central part of the fictional police station. Both actors have worked on the show for over a decade, which has some wondering how deep their friendship runs.
Ice-T and Kelli Giddish are close in the off
Ice-T and Kelli Giddish’s real-life friendship seems to be just as strong as their on-screen bond. When Giddish gave birth to her first child in 2015, the rapper was one of the first to reveal the news. “In the hospital with newest ‘SVU’ member ‘Ludo’ Congratulations @TheKelliGiddish and Larry,” Ice-T tweeted alongside a photo of Giddish and his wife Coco. Giddish also revealed to Us Weekly that she and the couple “spent some time together” during her pregnancy.
Ice-T has also gushed about his pal Giddish in interviews. Reflecting on their first season as partners on the show, Ice-T said working with Giddish was “a dream.” “Kelly is a very low maintenance woman, which is a huge compliment, guys know that,” he told Wolf Films in 2012. “She comes in, bangs it out, no drama, no fuss, and that’s to die for.” Giddish, sitting next to Ice-T during the conversation, smiled in agreement.
The whole cast is like family
Ice-T and Kelli Giddish aren’t the only Law and Order: Special Victims Unit stars to form a close bond on set. Mariska Hargitay, who stars as Police Commissioner Olivia Benson, told Seth Meyers that the cast of the show have all formed a close bond over the years. “People throw the word around, you know, family, but after 20 years, that’s the real deal,” she said during an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
And if fans needed more proof of the ‘Law & Order’ stars’ close relationship, the actors have also shared numerous videos and photos of their behind-the-scenes antics on social media. In 2016, Giddish shared a hilarious video in which she playfully strangled her on-screen partner Ice-T, but was sure it included the hashtag “#ILOVEICET.” The video caused fans to flood the comments section with laughing emojis, with one person writing, “THIS is me and my sister in a fight.”