For years, Law & Order fans have been willing the characters of Elliot Stabler (Meloni) and Olivia Benson (Hargitay) to share a smooch, and Meloni played into that desire by teasing fans with a steamy behind-the-scenes photo. On Saturday, the actor shared a selfie via Twitter showing him nose-to-nose with Hargitay, looking like the pair are about to kiss.
The pic was in response to a fan on Twitter who had tweeted on Friday, “Can y’all imagine if one day @Chris_Meloni and @Mariska posts a picture like this pretending they are kissing with the caption #Rehearsing? It would be the end of us and the end of the internet.”
Meloni responded to the tweet with the playful photo and the caption, “#rehearsing what @Mariska?”
— Chris Meloni (@Chris_Meloni) August 21, 2021
“Are you blushing? It’s getting hot in here,” Hargitay responded with a fire emoji.
— Mariska Hargitay (@Mariska) August 21, 2021
Fans, of course, lost their minds. “You are abusing your power over us!! I am dying here! Hopefully you are rehearsing for a real scene that will literally send us to the hospital! Oh! How I love you guys!” wrote one excited fan.
“This warms my heart and makes smile,” wrote another, while one person tweeted Hargitay, writing, “@Mariska your turn… and we know it’s gonna make us scream even louder!”
You are abusing your power over us!! I am dying here! Hopefully you are rehearsing for a real scene that will literally send us to the hospital! Oh! How I love you guys!
This warms my heart and makes smile pic.twitter.com/4q4gbOfePV
— Mittens N. Pantalones (@DoinWell_N_Hell) August 21, 2021
Omg please let this be real or on screen I’ll settle for either! 🔥🙏 pic.twitter.com/gJFZ2SETy4
— *GMQ* SUSAN (@ifudontlike2bad) August 21, 2021
@Mariska your turn… and we know it’s gonna make us scream even louder!
— Hillary C. (@HillRUN86) August 21, 2021
Seriously! Are we supposed to believe that you need to rehearse?
— Julesmdell 6313 (@nosyparker001) August 21, 2021
Meloni currently stars in the spinoff series Law & Order: Organized Crime, which debuted in April 2021. The second season is set to premiere on September 23, 2021. Time will tell if the Stabler/Benson relationship takes that next step that fans have been hoping for.
Law & Order: Organized Crime, Season 2 Premiere, Thursday, September 23, 8/7c, NBC