Mariska Hargitay is sending birthday wishes to her Law & Order co-star Christopher Meloni with a sweet tribute on Instagram yesterday (April 3). On Sunday, the actress, 58, wrote of her longtime friend of over 20 years in celebration of his 61st birthday, “Happy 61 @Chris_Meloni you’re aging like a fine wine cheers,” Hargitay captioned the photo, adding the hashtag #HeStillGotIt. In the shot, Hargitay and Meloni are seen sharing an embrace at a bar with the actor’s back turned to the camera. Making the moment all the more celebratory, Meloni sported a glittering jacket with the numbers “21” and “61” across the back.
Law & Order: SVU premiered on NBC in September 1999 and has been on the air for 23 seasons, becoming the longest-running prime-time live-action series in the history of U.S. television. On the show, Meloni played Elliot Stabler while Hargitay portrays Olivia Benson. The pair starred as partners for the first 12 seasons of SVU until Meloni departed in 2011, but Meloni has since returned to the franchise and is starring in his own spin-off series, Law & Order: Organized Crime.
During an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers last week, the actors opened up about their unique chemistry. Hargitay told the host that over 20 years ago, “You never think after being a struggling actor for so long, that any show is gonna go. But this was a unique audition for us because when we met, there was a certain chemistry, so I actually wasn’t nervous at the audition. But you never think what happened would happen. You can’t dream it!”
Watch the duo on Late Night with Seth Meyers below: