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Mariska Hargitay: Adoption is the greatest thing on the planet

On "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," Mariska Hargitay plays tough-talking detective Olivia Benson. In real life, the actress leaves the tough talk and angst for others as she embraces the good life with her children.

Hargitay visited TODAY Tuesday morning to discuss both her on-screen and off-screen roles.

"My life is really good," she told host Ann Curry. "It's just so full of joy. You know, the babies have come and it feels like nothing short of a miracle." On the verge of tears, she added, "I feel very blessed."

The babies are Amaya and Andrew, both of whom she adopted last year after one "devastating" failed adoption attempt. In a recent interview with Good Housekeeping, Hargitay talked about the rollercoaster of emotion that comes with the adoption process. During her TODAY visit, she explained why, despite setbacks, it was all worthwhile.

"I love talking about adoption because I think it's the greatest thing on the planet," she insisted. "I think anytime you embrace life so fully, so heartily, there are highs and there are lows. What I said in the (Good Housekeeping) piece was that the process takes you on a ride. And the end of it is better than any pot of gold that you can imagine. There's a child."

As fulfilled as Hargitay feels from her family, her work keeps her satisfied, too. This is her first season on "SVU" sans co-star Christopher Meloni, and while that was a difficult adjustment for the actress at first, she now says it's "reenergizing to do the same thing that you've been doing for twelve years and with a whole new freshness to it and a new take on it."

Hargitay describes the next episode of "SVU" as "truly one of (her) favorites." See a clip of the action to come below and tune in to NBC Wednesday night at 10 p.m. ET to see it all unfold.

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