Mariska Hargitay doesn't just play a police officer on TV; she thinks and acts like one, even after they call "Cut." Given that she's spent more than a decade in character, it makes sense that the role is almost second nature.What's surprising: The skills she learned from her detective alter ego — how to assess people's behavior, protect herself, speak with authority, and handle a crisis — serve her remarkably well in daily life as a wife, mom, and friend."I can go totally into cop mode," says the star of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, remembering the time she rushed to the aid of a pregnant woman who had fainted on a New York City sidewalk.It's the same thing with being a parent."Hargitay doesn't have to wait long to illustrate her point.It's a lazy summer afternoon at her place in New York's Hamptons, which is known as Happy House (that name is even printed on paper napkins and embroidered on the guest towels), and she is kicking back in the yard in a blue paisley dress.
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