By Jennifer Wulff Laura J. Downey
August 14, 2006 12:00 PM

Christopher Meloni

AGE: 45 STATUS: Married, to production designer Sherman Williams, 46.

CURRENTLY PLAYING: Detective Elliot Stabler on Law & Order: SVU, which is back for its eighth season on Sept. 19.

ON HIS FIRST EMMY NOD It just hit me in the last couple of days. I’m like, “Man, thanks for inviting me to the party!” I’m just rollin’ with it. I don’t want to jinx her, but I think Mariska [Hargitay, a three-time nominee for SVU who hasn’t won] will hit it this year.

ON HIS SEX-SYMBOL STATUS If you’re a guy in someone’s living room saving women, saving children, people are connected to you. My wife has a crush on Will Smith, so I don’t go stomping around the house.

ON BEING A DAD TO SOPHIE, 5, AND DANTE, 1 Do you know Olivia the Pig? I love that book more than my kids do. I turn into a 5-year-old: “Let me read Olivia! Please, please, please!”

ON SVU’S NEXT SEASON We’re introducing Connie Nielsen to the mix, and hey, baby, all I can say is sparks are gonna fly!