Mariska Hargitay adopts second child in six months

Mariska Hargitay, 47, and her husband Peter Hermann brought home a son, Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann.

Story highlights

  • Mariska Hargitay welcomed her second son
  • Hargitay is also mom to son August and new daughter Amaya Josephine
  • The "Law & Order: SVU" actress will continue working four days a week
When Mariska Hargitay welcomed her daughter Amaya Josephine six months ago, she started thinking about adopting another child down the line.
She never imagined the new addition would be right around the corner.
Within a week of processing their paperwork for the second time, Hargitay, 47, and her husband Peter Hermann brought home a son, Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann, who was born over the summer.
"We never in a million years thought it would happen this quickly, but something inside of us knew that this was right, and we said, 'Yes, yes, yes!'" says Hargitay, who is also mom to son August, 5.
"We knew this was our guy. Everything about it felt right. It felt divinely right."
Two babies may be a handful, but the "Law & Order: SVU" actress -- who will continue working four days a week -- says Andrew and Amaya have already bonded.
"They'll lie in the crib together, and she'll hold his hand and put her arm around him," says Hargitay. "She's already so protective of him."