On Tuesday’s episode of Live with Kelly, the former Law & Order star stopped by and told Kelly Ripa and her guest host, Morris Chestnut, 47, that he once tried giving Hargitay career advice before she landed her iconic role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
“I shouldn’t give advice ever,” Noth, 61, told the hosts. “She may not remember this, but Mariska Hargitay … Dick Wolf had us go to a baseball game and he invited Marika and was going to offer this part on Special Victims.
“I remember being on the subway going in,” he began, “and she goes, ‘I don’t know whether to do this. What’s Law & Order?’ And I was like ‘Don’t do it …’ Longest running show ever.”
He continued to recall how he tried to get the Emmy-winning star to take a different acting path.
“I’m like, ‘Don’t do it. Go do some regional theatre,’ ” Noth remembered telling her.
“What do you think would have happened to her if she had listened to you?” asked Ripa.
“Not many people listen to me,” he joked.
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Noth originally played Detective Mike Logan, beginning from the first episode of the series in 1990, up until 1995. His character later returned in the franchise telemovie Exiled in 1998, and then for a few seasons of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Hargitay, 52, went on to play Detective Olivia Benson and is currently going into her 18th season with the hit show.
The 18th season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit premieres t on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 on NBC. Live with Kelly airs weekdays on ABC (check local listings).