It appears the relapse Mariska Hargitay suffered last week was a bit more serious than first thought.
A Law & Order: SVU source tells me that the
love of my life Emmy winner underwent a second surgery last week related to a collapsed lung she suffered back in January. (Earlier reports said she was hospitalized for "routine tests" after experiencing "some discomfort.") And although her reps initially said production on SVU would not be affected, they’re now confirming that Hargitay will in fact miss several weeks of work as she recuperates.
"Mariska is recovering well and is expected to return to SVU in the next couple of weeks," her camp said in a statement.
An SVU insider adds that the actress’ prognosis is excellent. "She is doing great," maintains my mole. "She will recoup for a few weeks and be back better than ever." Phew.
Remarkably, the SVU source says Hargitay’s absence is only expected to translate into one missed episode. And in that episode, titled "Bagagge," Ice-T’s Fin "will step in for Mariska."
Also helping fill the void will be Stephanie March, whose ex-ADA Alex Cabot begins her six-episode return engagement tomorrow night.
Here’s what happens now: You scroll down to the comments and join me in wishing Mariska a speedy recovery. I won’t accept no for an answer.