Lasting Love! Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann's Relationship Timeline

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Mariska Hargitay should thank Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for more than decades on the air. The hit NBC drama also introduced her to husband Peter Hermann.

The couple, who tied the knot in August 2004, began their lasting relationship after the Younger star made a guest appearance on the show during season 3 in 2002. Hermann continued his role as Trevor Langan to Hargitay’s Olivia Benson throughout the series’ run, popping in from time to time as their offscreen romance thrived.

Two years after their wedding, the pair welcomed son August in June 2006. They kept expanding their family in 2011, adopting daughter Amaya and son Andrew within months of each other.

While the actors remain private the majority of the time, Hargitay opened up to Us Weekly in June 2018 about balancing her professional success with motherhood. “It’s hard. I’m not going to say it’s easy, it’s hard. I’m learning to [balance]. I try to be super present with where I am,” she explained. “When I’m at work, I’m at work. When I’m with my kids, I’m with my kids.”

Still, the Emmy winner knows how to make it all work — with help from Hermann, of course. “There are days I go home and just cry. There have been days when I didn’t see my kids. Those are the days I’m like, ‘Maybe I’m done [filming Law & Order: SVU],’” she admitted. “But now, this is a gift of doing something for 20 years. We’re such a well-oiled machine. I go in there and I’m like, ‘Guys, I’ve got a kids thing. I’m out.’ They’re like, ‘Got it, boom.’”

Hargitay also knows the importance of alone time with the actor, whom she frequently jets away with on travels around the world.

Scroll to relive the duo’s relationship timeline!

November 2001

Hargitay met her future husband when he guest-starred as Trevor Langan in the Law & Order: SVU season 3 episode “Monogamy,” which aired in 2002. The actor continued to appear throughout the long-running drama.

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August 2004

The couple tied the knot in Santa Barbara, California, after two years of dating.  

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June 2006

Hargitay welcomed her first child, son August, with Hermann on June 28.

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April 2011

The pair adopted daughter Amaya in April 2011. “I basically pulled Amaya out,” the actress told Good Housekeeping in May 2012 of being involved with the birth. “Peter and I held her, and then the birth mother and I hugged for a long time. That was profound. That was one of the most meaningful moments I’ve ever had in my life.”

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October 2011

Months after adding their second child to the family, Hargitay and Hermann adopted son Andrew. “It was one of those things that we were not expecting at all and my husband and I looked at each other and have never been more sure about anything,” she said during an April 2012 appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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June 2012

The Joyful Heart founder raved about her home life in June 2012. “I get very excited about my double stroller,” she told Us at the time. “Every time I look at it, I get a shot of adrenaline and joy because I think, ‘This is real!’ I have everything I need. Our house is very joyful.”

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October 2015

Hargitay and Hermann showed off their brood in October 2015 when they sported family Halloween costumes inspired by Inside Out. The actor was a spot-on Fear, while the ER alum perfectly embodied Joy.

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September 2016

The duo, who often give fans a peek at their worldwide travels, cuddled up while on a vacation to Hawaii. “#JoyfulWeekend,” she captioned the sweet Instagram pic.

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June 2018

Hargitay gushed about Hermann while discussing her work-life balance. “I have an incredible support system with my husband. He’s an actor so he also understands,” she told Us. “I try to keep it organic. The kids come to set all the time. I have worked out my schedule a bit that I have a little more flexibility. I have a great time behind me.”

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October 2018

Round two! The Hermanns dressed in their best Avengers ensembles for their 2018 family Halloween costume. “#FamiliesThatAvengeTogetherStayTogether,” she wrote on Instagram. “#InfinityLove.”

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