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Claw & Order: Mariska Hargitay’s Cat Named After Taylor Swift Tune!



Quick Smiles:

  • Mariska Hargitay names her new Siamese cat Karma, inspired by Taylor Swift’s song.
  • The Emmy-winning actress and Swift are friends, with Swift naming her cat after Hargitay’s “Law & Order: SVU” character.
  • Hargitay appeared in Swift’s star-studded “Bad Blood” music video, making her feel “super badass.”

Mariska Hargitay gave a nod to her friend Taylor Swift by naming her new Siamese cat Karma, after one of Swift’s hit songs.

The “Law & Order: SVU” star shared two adorable photos of her new feline friend on Instagram, tagging the “Shake It Off” singer in the post. Swift had previously named her own cat Olivia Benson, in honor of Hargitay’s iconic character on the hit show.

Ryan Buggle, who plays Benson’s son on “SVU,” commented on the post, saying, “Please bring this baby to work.”

Hargitay and Swift’s friendship began years ago at the Met Gala, where Swift expressed her love for “SVU.”

Hargitay recalled their meeting during a May 2015 appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” saying, “I met her at the Met Gala, and I was so uncool, and she’s standing there like, ‘Hi, I love your show!’ I didn’t know she was like the second coming … She was so sweet.”

The two became fast friends, with Swift even giving Hargitay and her husband a ride home from a concert. Later, Swift asked Hargitay to appear in her star-studded “Bad Blood” music video. Hargitay gushed about the experience, saying, “It’s just so awesome, and it makes me feel super badass.”

In 2023, Hargitay attended one of Swift’s “Eras Tour” concerts in Nashville, where she confused fans who thought Olivia Benson was only the name of Swift’s cat.


A TikTok video shared by a concertgoer showed Hargitay walking through the crowd, with one fan exclaiming, “It’s Olivia Benson! I love you, Olivia Benson.”

Another confused fan asked, “Who’s Olivia Benson?” with more fans wondering the same in the comments. One person even asked, “I thought Olivia Benson was the cat?”

Regardless of the confusion, it’s clear that the friendship between Hargitay and Swift has led to some adorable cat-naming tributes and unforgettable moments.