Ellen: Mariska Hargitay, Harry Connick Jr & New Orleans

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Ellen: Mariska Hargitay & Harry Connick Jr

Ellen DeGeneres reunited with onetime Ellen sitcom guest star Mariska Hargitay for a chat today about everything from family to Ellen’s beloved hometown of New Orleans.

I never would’ve figured Ellen DeGeneres for a Law & Order: Special Victims Unit fan, but the show is very addictive. She revealed that Mariska Hargitay’s new love interest on the show is played by singer and actor Harry Connick Jr.

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Ellen: Mariska Hargitay New Orleans

Mariska Hargitay & her family recently visited New Orleans & fell in love with the city. (Image Credit: Featureflash / Shutterstock.com)

Mariska Hargitay said he makes her laugh all day long and gets her in trouble on the set. Plus they’re close off set, and their families are friends, which adds a level of awkwardness to their romantic scenes.

Ellen said Harry Connick Jr is another person who’s funnier than people realize. Read about Mariska Hargitay’s Sense Of Humor.

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Ellen: Mariska Hargitay New Orleans

Harry Connick Jr invited the family to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, which Mariska Hargitay said her husband and family loved. Now they’re all very good friends, and “it was kind of a love fest.”

“It was like going to Memphis with Elvis. That’s what I felt like, ‘cause he’s a god there, and he’s a true genius,” Mariska said. “And I don’t know a lot of those.”

Ellen said everyone who visits New Orleans has a tendency to fall in love with the place, even her wife Portia De Rossi.

“It’s just so different and so refreshing and unlike anything you know,” Mariska Hargitay said of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Ellen has been spotlighting New Orleans often, especially as the city still works to recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Recently, Ellen Visited Brad Pitt’s New Orleans Neighborhood. That was several weeks before the announcement that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are finally engaged.

Also, Ellen Hosted A Fundraiser With Drew Brees to help support the ongoing recovery efforts in New Orleans. It’s so wild to imagine that they’re still rebuilding seven years later.

Ellen: Mariska Hargitay Dance Dare

Ellen put in one more plug for Mariska Hargitay to host Saturday Night Live, or find some showcase for her comedic chops. Mariska said that she plans to send Ellen a clip for her Dance Dares segment, so hopefully we’ll see that on a future show.

In the meantime, you can still watch Mariska Hargitay bust perps every Wednesday night in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on NBC.

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