Chris Meloni: Mariska Hargitay Was "Stressy" Before Adoption

Celebrity Moms Apr. 8, 2011 AT 11:01AM
Chris Meloni: Mariska Hargitay Was "Stressy" Before Adoption Credit: Ramey Photo

There are no secrets between partners!

Chris Meloni knew all along that his Law and Order: SVU costar Mariska Hargitay was planning to adopt. "She was a little 'stressy stressy,'" the actor, 50, told UsMagazine.com Thursday night in New York at the Food Bank for New York City's Can-Do Awards.

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Hargitay, 47, and husband Peter Hermann, 43, recently adopted a baby girl and named her Amaya Josephine, the star's rep confirmed Wednesday night to Us.

"Uh, yeah [I knew she was adopting!] I'm her partner," he said. "You didn't know; I knew. I had to keep my mouth shut."

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Meloni, who has two kids of his own with wife Sherman Williams (Sophia, 11, and Dante, 7) said Hargitay was "going to be great" with her family's new addition. "She's a woman that possesses a lot of love. She's extraordinarily intelligent. I think she understands human behavior. She has endless patience."

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Hargitay gave birth to son August, 4, back in June 2006. Her rep told Us: "The couple are overjoyed by the wonder of their new daughter." A source added that the adoption "was a long time coming."

So what did Meloni give to the newest member of the SVU family? "I haven't figured out what [to get] yet! I'll have to get back to you. You want to make it unique -- not a cliche." 

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