Things You Didn’t Know About Law & Order: SVU

Mariska Hargitay’s Lung Collapsed On Set

In 2009, Mariska Hargitay was filming a scene when she is chasing down the episode’s antagonist when she felt a pain in her chest. At the time, she ignored the pain, only to learn that her right lung was 50% collapsed. Luckily, she was able to have surgery and fix the problem, however, it gave her a new appreciation for life.

In the interrogation room

She commented, “[After my lung collapsed] all those old fears about my mom and my grandfather [both of whom died relatively young] came shooting up.” With a child of her own, she realized she had so much to live for and needed to pay better attention to her health.