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Mariska Hargitay opens up on parenting and spending less time on 'Law & Order: SVU'

05/19/2011 by Kristina Lopez

Mariska Hargitay, of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," says that since adopting she adopted her baby girl, Amaya Josephine, she's had to learn a new skill for parenting two children.

"It's a new skill to have two children that want you at the same time," Hargitay told People magazine on Tuesday during an event for her Joyful Heart Foundation, which provides support to women who have been sexually abused.

She adds, "Sometimes ... I wanted to rip my hair out. Where I'm like, 'August! Amaya! August! Amaya!' You don't know what to do."

Hargitay, 47, and her husband Peter Hermann, a 43-year-old actor, are also parents to son August, who is 4. Hargitay revealed in April she and her husband adopted the girl, who was born in the United States.

The actress plays Detective Olivia Benson on the NBC series and it was recently announced that Hargitay signed up for a 13th season on the show, but with a hitch.

Hargitay will still make $385,000 an episode and for 13 episodes her character will continue in her detective role. After that she will then be promoted to a supervisor position with a new female detective hired on to take her place.

She tells the magazine "I'm so madly in love and married to my show." She adds, "But it's been very difficult for me with two kids, so what I wanted this year in terms of my deal was lifestyle issues ... I needed more time with my kids. So I will be working a little bit less and eventually getting a little promotion, so we are going to bring on a new detective."

Jennifer Love Hewitt has been named in a few reports as a candidate for the new detective role. Hewitt guest starred on the show in a November episode this season playing a rape victim.

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