Before we watch Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni slay the big screen Sept. 22 during NBC’s historic “Law & Order” crossover premiere, we will be staring (respectfully) at these sizzling photos of the iconic duo melting the red carpet to shreds at the 2022 Emmy Awards.
During an interview with E! on the red carpet, Meloni and Hargitay said they "never" get tired of working together after nearly 25 years.
"I love him, and I've never gotten sick of him," Hargitay said as Meloni embraced her.
When asked if their "Law & Order" characters, Capt. Olivia Benson and Detective Elliot Stabler, would ever get together, Hargitay and Meloni locked eyes and shared a smirk before turning away from each other and standing back to back.
"You want the tea, baby," Hargitay cracked. "Sweetheart, get in line!"
Their joint attendance is especially sentimental because the last big award show Hargitay and Meloni attended together was the Emmys in 2010.
At the time, they presented the award for outstanding writing for a drama series, and Hargitay was also nominated for best leading actress in a drama series.
The real winners that night were the fans watching all the action unfold at home, as the two walked hand in hand and nearly kissed on the red carpet.
Flash-forward 12 years to the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, where our favorite crime-fighting duo have ditched their police attire for glam get-ups.
Meloni teased fans before the red carpet when he responded to someone asking for a selfie on Twitter.
"YOU GOT IT," he tweeted along with a close-up shot of his and Hargitay's faces.
Thanks to the return of Meloni’s Elliot Stabler on “Law & Order: Organized Crime” in April 2021, fans have been treated to seeing more of him with Hargitay, whose Capt. Olivia Benson is the longest-running female character in a prime-time live-action TV series.
The pair posted a photo together in February at the Super Bowl and also co-starred in an ad with other NBC talent that ran during the big game.
“Law & Order” fans have also been enjoying all of the behind-the-scenes photos of the actors filming together since Meloni came back to the franchise.
Meloni revealed the story behind the snaps showing him and Hargitay touching each other’s faces during an interview with TODAY in May.
He said they “used to do a schtick” where one of them would touch the other’s face and say, “You’re great kid.”
“We’d clip each other in the chin,” he explained. “But yeah, if we did a great scene, we’d go, ‘Hey, good job.’ So that — we were re-creating that.”
And in April, Hargitay sent all of her and Meloni’s fans into a spiral when she shared a sultry snap from her bestie’s birthday party.
“Happy 61 @chris_meloni you’re aging like a fine wine cheers,” she wrote, along with a string of celebratory emoji and the hashtag #HesStillGotIt.
In March, the duo re-created the moment they met during an appearance on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” — hug and all.
They also shouted out their “crazy, crazy loyal” fans and highlighted their “beautiful” nicknames: Chriska, Marshmelon and Bensler.
These two are the gifts that keep on giving, and we hope they never stop.