Hollywood actress Mariska Hargitay made a rare appearance with her kids at a Benefit Gala. She and her husband, American actor Peter Hermann, have one biological son and two adopted children. After going through a difficult time with the adoption process, the mom of three is no longer reluctant to show her kids off.
While this family is not inclined to step into the limelight, they still have moments where they open up. One such example is when Mariska Hargitay spoke about her family in an exclusive interview.
She expressed that she loves being the mother to her three children, August, Andrew, and Amaya, who have taught her many lessons. More than that, she said that her husband, Peter Hermann, is her guiding light.
Peter, Andrew, August, and Amaya Hermann and Mariska Hargitay at the 2023 Stuttering Association For The Young (SAY) Benefit Gala in New York, 2023 | Source: Getty ImagesThe family made a rare appearance when they attended the 2023 Stuttering Association for the Young Benefit Gala, where Hollywood actress Mariska Hargitay and her dashing husband, Peter Hermann, stepped out to show support.
Though the stars' appearances were something to marvel at, what was even more pleasantly surprising was the presence of their rarely-seen children. As Hargitay and Hermann took center stage on the carpet, three kids trailed along behind them and joined their parents for the special eventPosing for a family picture, Hargitay looked stunning in a pastel green colored wrap-around dress and wore her luscious brown hair loose as she protectively held onto her daughter, Amaya's shoulder, who looked gorgeous in an off-the-shoulder floral dress. The little girl stood beside her big brother, Andrew, who adorned a dapper suit that matched his father's.
Peter Hermann and Mariska Hargitay posing together at the 2023 Stuttering Association For The Young (SAY) Benefit Gala in New York, 2023 | Source: Getty ImagesThe eldest son, August, was situated in the middle of Mom and Dad in a blue long-sleeved t-shirt with a big smile on his face while his father placed a loving arm around his shoulders. August was born in 2006, and his siblings were adopted five years later, within six months of each other.
The "Welcome to 18" star has been married to her husband, Hermann, for 18 years, and the couple is still going strong. When asked about what the secret to being married for so long is, Hermann indicatedthat it all comes down to creating moments of joy and laughter:
"I never thought I would have this much laughter in my life. Not just actual laughter but also the way that Mariska is just the embodiment of laughter - of joy."
Creating happy moments is imperative for the Hargitay-Hermann clan, and the family makes an avid point to engage in all sorts of fun, family-filled activities together.
However, things were not always so rosy and peachy for the family, as Hargitay revealed that they had actually faced an array of challenges when going through the adoption process for both Amaya and Andrew.
August Hermann and Mariska Hargitay at the US Open Tennis Championships on September 08, 2023 in New York. | Source: Getty ImagesHaving lost her mom at a very young age, Hargitay was primarily raised by her dad and stepmom. In this transition, she gained a few half-siblings, which prompted her to recognize that a family has the possibility of being formed in more ways than one, as opposed to the general nuclear way.
Hermann got down on bended knee and popped the question with a stunning weathered platinum band set adorned with nine round diamonds, and they wed in 2004.
Mariska Hargitay with two unidentified little boys at the "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" premiere in New York City, 2002 | Source: Getty ImagesOpening up about the sometimes "devastating" times she and her husband went through when pursuing adoption, Hargitay warns that adoption is definitely not a process for the faint of heart.
Mariska Hargitay with Peter Hermann and their children at the Opening Night of Big Apple Circus on October 27, 2019 in New York. | Source: Getty ImagesHargitay's family plan had always accounted for the presence of more than one child, and after she gave birth to her firstborn son at the age of 42, the couple knew they wanted a bigger family.