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May 20, 2015 08:00 PM

Mariska Hargitay‘s earning some Cool Mom points!

The actress appears in pal Taylor Swift‘s star-studded music video for “Bad Blood,” alongside the singer’s brigade of strong female friends like Lena Dunham, Cara Delevingne, Selena Gomez and Karlie Kloss.

“I feel like my cool factor went up with the kids, and I’m really grateful, Taylor!” Hargitay, 52, told Seth Meyers on Late Night Tuesday, before deadpanning: “I mean, it’s good, I’ve got a TV show, whatever.”

And the actress said there’s one kid in particular who might take interest in her “epic” cameo: her 4-year-old daughter Amaya!

“I don’t know if she comprehends how cool it is, but she is the biggest Swiftie I know, and I’ll come down to breakfast, and she’ll go, ‘Mama, can you put on ‘Welcome to New York?’ And I’m like, ‘Wow, really?’ And she’s like, ‘Yeah, really.’ ”

Swift and Hargitay go way back. They first met at a past Met Gala (“I didn’t know she was like the second coming!” at the time, Hargitay joked); Swift named one of her cats after Hargitay’s SVU character, Olivia Benson; and Swift gave the actress a lift once!

As Time first reported in its November cover story, Swift once gave Hargitay and her husband Peter Hermann a ride home when they were left stranded “somewhere so far out in Queens” after an Ingrid Michaelson concert and didn’t have a ride home.

“She was like a little angel that goes, ‘Oh, do you guys need a ride?’ ” Hargitay recalls.

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The rest is history: “Then I got a text, ‘Do you wanna be in my video?’ And I was like, ‘Let me check my calendar!’ “

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