Actress Mariska Hargitay and husband adopt a baby
Posted 07 April 2011 - 01:14 AM
Mariska Hargitay Adopts a Baby
BY CHARLOTTE TRIGGS
Wednesday April 06, 2011 08:00 PM EDT
Mariska Hargitay has a big surprise to share.
The Law & Order: SVU star and her husband, actor Peter Hermann, have adopted a baby girl, she tells PEOPLE exclusively.
Baby Amaya Josephine was born about a week ago and is from the United States.
"I'm deliriously happy," Hargitay, 47, tells PEOPLE. "From the minute she was born, she was just surprisingly alert and so full of love."
"We were considering both international and domestic adoption and we're thrilled that this is the way our prayers were answered," she adds. "We talked a lot about mixed-race adoptions, and we are very excited that we are now a multi-racial family. We're just so happy she's here."
And there's one family member who's more excited than anyone: Hargitay's 4-year-old son, August.
"He is over the moon," says the actress. "He calls her his baby because he says the whole thing was his idea. He always talks about how he's going to protect her. He's going to be a great big brother."
I am ecstatic with this news. I love Law & Order: SVU and am so happy for Mariska, Peter, and August! I love the baby's first name, I think it suits her already.
Posted 07 April 2011 - 06:07 AM
Love love love Law and Order SVU!!
And Mariska's character is my favorite
I love the name Amaya and think Josephine goes well with it even tho its NMS.
Posted 07 April 2011 - 07:27 AM
So happy for them all.
I love the name surprisingly. Amaya, I wouldn't have thought would be my style. But it's very cute!
And I adore August.
Posted 07 April 2011 - 03:04 PM
Mariska Hargitay: Naming Our Baby Was a Family Decision
When it came time for Mariska Hargitay and husband Peter Hermann to choose a name for their 1-week-old daughter, the entire family got involved.
"We all talked about names because everything is a family decision in our house," says Hargitay.
That meant also consulting her 4½-year-old son, August, for ideas. "I threw out my name and he threw out his name and I said, 'August, why do you get to name the baby?' And he said, 'Because it's my idea!' " the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, 47, says with a laugh.
The family settled on Amaya Josephine – an adaptation of one of Hargitay's favorite names, Maya.
"I liked that name, but I wanted her to have the same initials as August," Hargitay explains. "I thought adding the 'A' was so feminine. Amaya sounded so open and feminine and beautiful – just like her."
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