Christopher Meloni

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Christopher Meloni

Born

4/2/1961, Washington, D.C., USA

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Christopher Meloni

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Male

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Chris Meloni
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Meloni attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he first became interested in acting. After graduation, he took a construction job in his hometown until a high school acquaintance inspired him to move to New York to study acting.

It was there that Meloni apprenticed at…more

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    • Chris Meloni: (On Elliot + Olivia getting together in SVU) I doubt it seriously, but hey, stranger things have happened. I'd get it on with Benson. Sure, bring her on! I'm not afraid.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on why he did 'Oz') I wanted to do it because it was Tom Fontana and then later because it was Lee.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Keller and Beecher's relationship in 'Oz') I loved that storyline, even though Lee [Tergeson] and I had to do some couples therapy over it.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on acting) Outside of my family, it's the only thing that makes life worth living.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Sophia seeing him nude in 'Oz') She's already seen me nude plenty of times in real life, so...what's the big deal?

    • Christopher Meloni: (on life) I believe in doing one's best not to fuck with others because it's just not nice to do. I've fallen short of that goal many times but it is always a philosophy that is with me.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on 'SVU' co-star Ice-T) I love Ice - [he's a] great guy, very cool, funny and smart.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on sexuality) I may be a sarcastic asshole at times but I think anybody who knows me would know sexual orientation is so irrelevant to me and the friends in my life. Also I think being in the "arts" I am surrounded by gay, bi etc and most all have made their peace with who or what they are- it's a non issue.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on experience) I'm always learning from experiences because each one is different and there are different players involved in the project [at the time] with their own way of doing things.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on sincerity) I never find sincerity offensive...so, be sincere.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on a happy ending for Beecher and Keller)
      I'd have them break out of OZ together, run and hide, assume new names and identities. Keller would run a laundromat and Beecher would be a stay at home kinda wife.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on wisdom he'd like to impart on his children) Hate is a draining bottomless pit from whence nothing good or of any value can come. Try to eat a balanced diet. Guys only want one thing.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on fans quoting his lines) Any time one's quotes are used to break the tedium...well I think that is the mark of having made it. Inspiration came from the writing and my interpretation of them words and from the hope that you would be uttering the stuff long after I had shot it.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on what he finds sexy) Passion about things, forthrightness, smarts, clean breath.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on blockbusters) I rarely see one of the 'summer blockbuster' movies. I'd like to see a stronger focus on smaller, smarter movies.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on catching up with Lee Tergeson) We'll call each other every day just to say hi and find out what each is wearing etc- ya know, guy stuff.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on lines that he has felt are 'hokey') I make it known how I feel, I suggest a change and if it all is for naught I think of what is emotionally behind the words and not the words themselves.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Lee Tergesen) Acting with Lee - now that's when I get tingly all over. Lotta love for him as a person and actor.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on photo manipulation) Some people have a lot of time on their hands to do some very strange things.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on conformity) [I'm] not a big fan of organizations, conformity to others imposed ideas, being told what to do and others rules in general.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on how he approaches life) [I do so by] trying to find kindness within myself, trying to listen to others, all the while trying to understand the chaos and confusion that is life. And I try to work out.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Ice-T's language in 'SVU') I think Ice cornered the market on naughty talk!

    • Christopher Meloni: (on what Chris Keller would give Tobias Beecher for their 10th anniversary) A whole day at Helena Rubenstein spa and then a beating.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Tom Fontana) He is a man of moral integrity. He's generous in spirit. He possesses the best qualities of being human.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on introducing Lee Tergesen to the band Tool) The music is sinuous, textured, intelligent. I just connect. I think I helped Lee see the light.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on acting techniques) The Meisner technique is actually what I studied and it made sense to me. It was the first formal system that I was introduced to.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on fame) IfI could only get people to rub my belly for good lucky and then throw money in my fountain, it'd be a perfect world.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on fame) I wanted to be good, I figured if that happens other things will fall into place.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Tom Fontana's Library) [It's] the most impressive private library I've ever seen. So big there's even a catwalk to get to all the books.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on the seasons) [I love] feeling the crispness of fall and the sensuality of spring.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on if he'd ever do a movie with Jet Li) I'd only do it if I could hold my own against him for a good 10 minutes before he destroyed me.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on TV) TV's hard work. I don't know how the hell Angela Lansbury survived doing 'Murder, She Wrote' all those years. And sure, everyone wants to be Bruce Willis or George Clooney- they want to be in film for the range of characters you get to play.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Richard Gere who he worked with in 'Runaway Bride') He was so nice to me, and I'm not just blowing bubbles up your skirt. When shooting was over, he gave me a big hug and said, 'It was so nice working with you. You were an inspiration.'

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Coach Bob in 'Runaway Bride') Coach Bob was really tricky to play, because you really have to make the audience like the guy, but at the same time, you have to make people feel he's not quite right for Julia Roberts without making him into a buffoon. It was a tightwire. He loves football, loves kids. It's just unfortunate that the woman he's with needs more than that.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on playing Jimmy Leiry in 'NYPD Blue') Jimmy Liery was really kind of poetic. He's a romantic, with the soul of the devil. He's such a scumbag, but there's an allure to his tragedy. And things really did open up for me after that. It really struck a chord. You can do the best work in the world in independent film, but if no one sees it...If exposure is what you want, television's a great medium.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on versitility) People don't know where to place me. Terry Gilliam used me as a quirky cop in 'Twelve Monkeys', and then he hired me again to be an effeminate hotel clerk in 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'. Another time, I was shooting this indie film 'The Souler Opposite' [and] six days a week, I'm playing this big puppy dog, then I come to the 'NYPD Blue' set and become this scumbag.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on the similarities between Elliot Stabler and himself) Stabler and I are alike in that we're focused on our job and couldn't see doing anything else with our lives. He's a rock solid guy, with a great capacity for compassion, the ironic, and the absurd. He can relish the small triumphs when they come and doesn't allow the horrors of his job to infect him.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on "Ripped" the episode he was nominated for) It was my great big scene, and, yes, there were. I thought it was special in that the scene takes up one full act, the whole third act, a 12-minute scene. I thought, I'm doing a one-act play right here. When you have to sustain a scene for 12 minutes, it better have a lot of peaks and valleys. And the stuff was here in the script. I went back to my roots of looking at a scene, breaking it down. I was very pleased to do it.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on being nominated for an Emmy) It took me about three weeks to finally download it. It was an accumulation of all my friends slapping me in the face, saying, 'This is public recognition. This is important.' And I said, 'You're right. I've got it.'

    • Christopher Meloni: (on the Emmy nomination) It's almost like official recognition, from this real entity. That as nebulous as it may be, here's a real power structure. And the power structure said 'You're doing great work.'"

    • Christopher Meloni: (on and to God) It feels as though I know you're there. I just wish I had a system to bring him closer.

    • Christopher Meloni: on Los Angeles) Downtown was the new frontier! ...When I was there I was like, 'Oh, this traffic...'

    • Christopher Meloni: (on 'getting better with age') I take this art very seriously and passionately. I love what I do. You can't help but grow. That's not to say you don't make mistakes or make bad choices, but that's part of the art. Painters paint [bad] paintings. I give so much credit to the writers because they're always looking to give us juicy stuff to play, to intertwine our personal lives into the mandate, which is to tell a good crime story. Hopefully, we're ever evolving.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on what he'd wear to the Emmy's) I've got my best ripped jeans, and I'll see if my wife puts the kibosh on them or not.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on co star Marika Hargitay reaction to his Emmy nomination) She was funny, because she was the salty old veteran giving me loving advice. "See Chris, now this is the truth. You have been nominated, and that's the truth." Whenever I didn't get nominated, and everyone around me would be disappointed, I would say, "Look, I tell you truthfully, it's fine. Awards don't mean anything." But then once it happens... Mariska was kind of my Zen master. So I embraced it and accepted it and said, "Yes, it is the way."

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Tim Busfield) He and I worked together on an independent movie and later we bumped into each other a couple of times. I loved working with him; I respected him immensely because he really expanded himself into producing and directing, and I respected him on the film for his taste, his talent and his eye for things. The film was called 'The Souler Opposite'. And then we bumped into each other recently at the NBC upfronts.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on newcomer Connie Nelson)
      It changed it in every way imaginable behind the scenes the way things are run because she has her own thing. She goes at her character in a different way. She was a lot of fun. I loved working with. Her character was a little more tomboyish which was kind of nice because she doesn't have a tomboy face. She plays a warrant officer. That's a different way of approaching the job because you serve the warrant and that's it. In our unit, it's a little bit different. You have to wear a couple of more hats in the special victims unit the confessor, the psychologist and the interrogator.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on "Ripped" the episode of 'SVU' he was nominated for an Emmy for) [It's about a baseball player subjected to] 'roid rage and attacks a girl and can't remember what transpired. I know his father, who is a cop, so I try to help. The episode kind of evolves into how I am bending my moral standards and am losing my center. I think at least as far as if someone were to sit down and look at the acting part of it, in the third act, it takes place in one office and it's one scene for the whole 12 minutes. It's me going to a psychiatrist played by Mary Stuart Masterson and kind of opening up.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on doing comedy with 'SVU' co star Mariska Hargitay) Oh, I'd love that. People think, because of the roles we play, we're really serious. I assure you we are not!

    • Christopher Meloni: (on acting) I really love to act; I love everything about it. I've never had this addiction to being known. I mean, sure, if you go into acting, there's part of you that is saying, 'I want attention' but I was brought up to work to deserve attention, and it is the work, not the trappings that are important.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on 'SVU') We don't really get our due, but I think that's all right. It's good to keep us on edge. All I ever wanted to do is something good enough that I can hold my head up when I walk down the street - and I actually did hundreds of pilots that, had they been picked up, I would've been hiding my face every time I went outside.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on going back to being Elliot Stabler after a break) I put the jacket on, strap the gun on the hip, and it's there. After nearly seven years, it's almost Pavlovian.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on his personal challenges in playing Eddie Carbone in 'A View to the Bridge') My biggest worry is that my voice will hold up. Unfortunately, I have to talk during the day, since I am entertaining my children by doing things like Sponge Bob voices. This is our family's first trip to Ireland, and the thing I find most striking about the country is the weather. It's not just that it's unpredictable, but there truly seem to be spirits in the air. I now know where James Joyce and Bono get their ideas.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Eddie Carbone in 'A View to the Bridge') I think he's a man who's caught up in this particular circumstance, this particular junction in his life, where what he sees as his code of honor is tested by this passion that was previously unrevealed to him. He's definitely a product of his world; he's a little ignorant and he's unreflective. I think, today, we would use the catchphrase that he's living in denial. In the end, he's surviving the only way he can, even if it means betraying his family.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on why he took the role in 'View to the Bridge') In television, the writing has to come very quickly. But you know that Miller spent years writing and rewriting this play, so what's set down has truly been set in cement. That, to me, is very cool.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on 'View to the Bridge's' director Mark Brokaw) Working with Mark has been great. He has the ability to nurture, to coax the best possible performance from you in a positive way.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Irish audiences) I've gotten standing ovations a couple of nights, which they don't usually do over here," the actor says. "Other nights, some people have stood up and others didn't, and I thought, 'Good for you.' In the States, you're thought of as a begrudger if you don't stand up.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on working in Ireland) I had great faith in Irish actors, that they'd be hip to the whole theatre thing, and they are. I had no illusions of coming over here as some kind of big shot. It's been a learning experience for me too.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on getting an erection during sex scenes) Some get offended. They should consider it a compliment!

    • Christopher Meloni: (on his fans) Girls, guys...whatever. It's just nice that people are watching. 'Oz' got me the gay guys and the fat girls [Keller married a 'well-built' lady in the series], and then on 'Law and Order' I got the other girls.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on his beginings) I was working part-time as a bouncer, performing in these stupid fucking plays with eight people on the stage and four people in the audience. I went hungry sometimes. It wasn't a whole lot of fun.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on he took the role in 'View from a Bridge') Trust me, buddy, it wasn't the money. You know, no matter what I say, the motivation is going to sound hokey, a little holier-than-thou even - but I did it for the love of the exploration!

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Elliot Stabler from 'SVU') He has this need for justice, so that he'll sometimes just...just to get the conviction, you know? If he can tip the scale a little bit he'll tip the scale.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on how Elliot Stabler from 'SVU' would view Eddie Carbone from 'A View from a Bridge') I think Elliot Stabler would be familiar with these guys. He was brought up in Queens. He'd be familiar with this cast of characters. Elliot has a clear compass - his psychological problems are just different from Eddie's, that's all.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on the cultural conflict in 'A View from a Bridge') It's very much an 'us versus them' thing. And it has a lot to do with what's going on now with Muslim communities. You know, they come over and they stay with their own kind. Well, every generation of immigrants has done that. But then there's a question of how many of their customs are they allowed to bring with them - which calls into question who's right, or what's right. A question of the balance between 'us' and 'them'.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on relating to the cultural conflict in 'A View from a Bridge') My parents grew up in that atmosphere. That you did things a certain way - and nobody ever stopped to question why, until the new generation comes along.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on playing Eddie Carbone in 'A View from a Bridge') He's a man who lives in a world of honours and codes. Everybody goes through life believing they follow a structure, or strictures - and then all it takes is a deep passion beyond reason to cause you to break all these time-honoured, death-before-dishonour type codes. So then you wonder, is it just part of the human condition to be living a life of denial? Not expressing fully what you are, what you feel?

    • Christopher Meloni: (on doing theatre) The reason why I hate working in theatre is the tedium of memorisation. But once that is done, then you feast on this never-ending meal. If you play it correctly, every night is fraught with very high stakes that are very difficult to find in everyday life. Then, what I hate - and love - about theatre is that the performance can be perfect one night and then miserable the next. The elusiveness of it.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on 'A View from a Bridge') Doing this play is hard in every sense. Physically, mentally and emotionally. I've been waking up at night and reciting lines and stuff. I thought it would be kind of interesting. For now, I just know that it has something to do with a challenge. What kept going round in my head is that "you have to suffer for your art".

    • Christopher Meloni: (on the demands of 'SVU') After nine months of the SVU season - 15-hour days, every day - you're just...more liquid than solid. You're done. They really have to pour you into a wheelbarrow and take you home and say, 'See you in three months'. It feels like I'm in boot camp. I mean, it has been this...this beautifully hellish experience.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on his future in 'SVU') I've never worked so hard, having come in already pretty banged up, and there's also an accumulative effect of doing it for over six years. You're limping a little bit. It' s hard to say that but it's the truth. You get mentally and emotionally beat up.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on global warming) The creative coalition has asked me to jump in, which is a bunch of concerned artists getting together. But it's tough to be part of a group, because if I'm not on with the whole agenda I don't feel right about lending my name.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on being typecast) I have worried about getting pigeon-holed, but now I think I've done enough weird, offbeat stuff not to be. And I also know that I do things for the right reasons: I've made my money, so I don't have to say yes to anything. I think just to have a worthwhile show on network television is very difficult because of the natural constraints that the advertisers put on you. It is what it is: those are the waters you're swimming in. But I just find it more interesting outside that box.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on being Elliot Stabler) You've got to get away from this person (Stabler) and this dark, intense place that you are in. And you've got to get away from what I call lock-and-load shooting: if your rehearsal takes more than 15 minutes you're behind schedule. It ain't deep. You're trying to cook gourmet food in a fast food restaurant and there's an inherent pressure to that. When you're offered a play and you come here, you know you're going to be able to have an incubation period, really go to a deeper level. It's a great challenge.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on realising he's an actor) The first acting class I took, not only was I bit by it, I also had the sense that I was good at it. But I didn't allow myself to accept that; whether it's because you're not allowed to have that type of ego, or you're not allowed to be an actor. I think it's like someone having to come to terms with being gay before finally coming out of the closet. It took a while to let the penny drop in my soul and finally commit to it. I don't commit to things lightly, I guess.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on fame) I think I'm healthily ambitious, but I do know others who do things that I would never dream of to forward their ambition. As you get older, celebrity for me is like candy. The first bite is awesome, it's the best chocolate you've ever had. So you have a second bite and it's pretty darn good. Third bite I don't feel so good. Fourth bite I'm sick to my stomach.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on moving back to New York) I was in LA five years and met my wife there, but New York was just tugging at my soul, so I had to go back. And I had no prospects, I had nothing. But this is just like Hollywood: it's like trying to date the popular girl who always blows you out. As soon as you ignore them they come calling. I haven't been unemployed since I moved out of there.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on his plans outside of acting) I'd like to go away for six months and learn to kiteboard and windsurf. I love pinochle, I love chess and I love windsurfing.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on his input into 'SVU') I'm very involved in giving script notes, helping to structure the script, throwing out ideas, throwing out directing ideas. I fell I have a very good collaborative relationship with everyone involved, including the people on the West Coast who edit. They nourish that environment; they are very amenable to getting ideas. You feel you are really part of what's going on.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on exhuastion) I love my lifestyle now, but at the end of nine months, you're toast. You are toast. It's like running a marathon. You can't think while you're doing it. Especially when different directors come in who are not part of the posse, the circle. They come in with new and vibrant ideas, which is great. And yet they don't always fit into … well, unfortunately there's a kind of time constraint here. Even with that, we're working 15-hour days. It's like being at the 20-mile marker of the marathon and having a guy just joining the race. It's a strange energy to get acclimated to.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on his parents) I think their creed or their motto has been that it doesn't matter what you do, just be very smart at it and be very good at it.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on how a doctor's son ended up an actor) My dad played piano, and he had a little talent there. My mom loved to sing. My sister has her masters in theater. We were a family of dabblers, repressed hams in our own way. I think I was the least repressed.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on comedy) I think to be a successful comic, you have to be exceptionally smart and exceptionally perceptive.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on doing comedy) It was unbelievably difficult. In order to be a successful comic - unless you're a natural - ...it's all in the timing and the phraseology.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on his home town's reaction to his community work) I came from a conservative Republican background. I grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, and although it was a suburb of Washington DC, it was still in many ways a small, southern town. It was kind of provincial and limiting, and people were just not aware of the issues of human … I don't want to say human suffering, but … the problems that can come with being a human being. A city like New York has clashing cultures and clashing ideas and big ideas, but these sorts of things weren't being thrown in the air and bandied about where I came from. In suburbia things are really ironed out as cleanly as possible. But my parents are great. Everyone's very tolerant, highly educated.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on the gay community and 'Oz') The gay community was very...um...appreciative and affected by my character, in a myriad of ways ... from the shower scenes to the acting-or at least I like to think so. I feel as though they are an oppressed minority. They're institutionally oppressed. Just ask the [Church].

    • Christopher Meloni: (on doing Public Service Announcements) I've also done PSAs for-I don't know what the politically correct way to say it is-gay issues. Topics having to do with awareness, respect, at-risk children in high school who are being picked on because they're gay, bisexual, sexually confused or transgendered. Since being on this show I've also branched out into abuse issues, obviously focusing on women, but also children.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on where he learnt his ethics) My old man, and my mom - both my parents. My mother raised three children on her own and my dad was a doctor working 16 hours a day.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on relationship drama)
      Affairs, drama - that's complicated stuff. I'm not a fan of complicated. There's so much energy expended in personal drama, in having a dramatic life. People get addicted to the drama.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on doing both 'Oz' and 'SVU')
      It was great for the first two years, and then the last one got a little difficult. But when you're a working actor-and that's what you keep saying in your head, how blessed you are to have a job-and you are working with heavyweights, working with the best guys in TV, it's pretty cool. Exhausting, but cool.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Shermen)
      She isn't demanding. And she's totally calm. The most she says is, 'I really need you to do this...'

    • Christopher Meloni: (on pacing himself)
      De Niro was a hero of mine. And Sean Penn. But I've realized I can't operate at that level of intensity. That's okay for movies. On TV, when you live with horror day in and day out, you have to protect yourself.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on his children)
      I love my children beyond all reason. They're my joy, even when they're wild with kid energy.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on 'SVU')
      'Law & Order' bleeds it out of you, five days a week, sometimes six, 14 to 15 hours a day eating lunch standing up, using your time in your trailer to study or make phone calls.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on why he and wife Shermen waited so long to have kids)
      Without a certain amount of money, there's stress. I know I'm definitely more relaxed with a couple of bucks in my pocket. So, in 1995, I didn't feel I could establish a career as an actor and commit to kids at the same time

    • Christopher Meloni: (on future projects outside of acting)
      I still have a dream of one day - I would love to hire a semi-retired contractor and just build a house - him and I building a house for me. I would truly love to do that.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on ethics)
      I've always admired the guy who was just straight up, straight forward about an honest buck for an honest days' work. He could be whatever he wants to be as long as he's a non-bullshitter. He's not looking to scam anyone. He just wants to do his thing.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on New York and how he and Stabler from 'SVU' differ)
      There's something about New York and just being real - - very real. New York is what it is. I think the stereotype is, they're not going to bullshit you ... I guess that's the stereotype of the average New Yorker who will give it to you straight. When I first came to New York, I felt like I was born here and I felt like it was where I belonged. I think all of my life I've felt that attitude. Certain parts of life are ... either black or it's white. There are very few shades of gray. There are rights and there are wrongs. There's a part of me that I think is maybe what you see in this particular character - that attitude. But, there are other parts of me where I'm like, "No, there are lots of shades of gray." And you know, I'm not judgmental, but there are certain things where there are injustices concerned. I think that's what comes off with this guy and I think that's kind of what it is.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on fans)
      I'm just an actor, but if the extra part of it is that I'm helping people or people are being helped by the virtue of what we're doing, then that's just a really nice added extra.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on fans)
      It is a weird feeling to have people go, "Hey Chris" like they know me. But, number one, 99 percent of my experiences have been really cool. People couldn't be nicer and more positive. Then in the really special cases, I've had people who have been victims of either incest, molestation, sexual assault or that sort of thing and they've really let me know what a great service that we're doing and what a great thing we've done for them to help them come to terms about changing their viewpoint of being a victim to being a survivor, or just really getting a clearer perspective on what happened and who they are now. It's kind of cool.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on acting in 'SVU')
      If you're an actor who is really dedicated in doing the job that I do in whatever that may be, whether you want to call it pretending or make believe or playing, or hopefully making your craft work - I think you've got to invest yourself. I think that costs you a little bit, even though it may be make believe. You know, if you read a script about a certain thing happening to a child - - you have to dredge up things from your own personal life in order to make that work, in order to connect to what's on the page.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on 'Oz' actors that showed up in 'SVU')
      We had JK Simmons kind of doing the BD Wong psychiatrist and that was never set in cement. I think they were just kind of testing to see how he worked out in there. I think the fact that he's not with us does not mean he didn't work out. They just went a different way. And yeah, we had Dean Winters. I think they didn't know what to do with his character. I don't know whether it was nice or not to have them. I knew them from 'OZ' and I was like, "I don't know if I can get used to you guys." It was weird, like they shouldn't be there. I love them. I love them both. They are great actors and great guys. It was just weird.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on the issues both 'Oz' and 'SVU' deal with)
      I always think that there is an adherent bloodlust in people, but what I'm very pleased to be a part of is that, even though the stories may be rough, I don't think we present them in prurient manner or with an eye towards trying to titillate with gross out or really kind of disgusting stuff. I think we present extreme aspects of human behavior and hopefully get at times, messages across or bring issues to the table or as we so often say, shed light into the dark crevices of human nature.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on crime dramas) I think the 'Law & Orders' tell the stories differently. I think we do a good job at what we do. I'm very impressed that we never fell into the trap of 'Rape of the Week.' I'm pretty proud of the issues that kind of get sewn into the fabric of the script.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on the link between himself and Chris Keller in 'Oz')
      I don't see much of me in him, but I don't think he's a victim. He has a very clear idea of how he operates and why he operates.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on being part of 'Oz')
      I couldn't have been more pleased with the stuff [director] Tom Fontana wrote for me, and I couldn't have been more pleased to be doing it with Lee.

      This is stuff that an actor would give his left arm for. You get to show the extremes of human behavior in a very intelligent, thoughtful way, even, if, at times, it was brutal and manipulative.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on fame)
      It's great to be recognized when I'm looking for a table at a crowded restaurant, but I still don't put it to best use. I'm such a lump. I won't cut the line. It's my Catholic guilt. I gotta get used to it.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on the fatherhood and child abuse cases on 'SVU')
      It's made me ultrasensitive to the realities of what we portray. That little girl who disappeared in Florida and they found her behind some trailer because of some scumbag ... I can't do it anymore. As soon as I see some kid's picture flash up there, I'll get so sad and dark and angry.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on versitility)
      When I portray Stabler, I have to shave every day and cut my hair every week! And then, I really like to change my looks for films like 'Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle' where I have the pleasure of playing the ugliest man in the world.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on preparing for the role Chris Keller in 'Oz')
      You couldn't imagine the places where I hung out in order to prepare to be Keller – and the 'Oz' set, because it was so realistic, was equally oppressive.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Keller in 'Oz' and Stabler in 'SVU')
      People often believe that cops are just bad guys who have turned good. Especially in New York where cops and gangsters are everywhere. But I don't see any link between them, in any case between Stabler and Keller.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on nudity in 'Oz')
      Personally I've only ever had a problem with nudity on one occasion. I had this shower scene in 'Oz' and they stuck me in the middle with these big black guys on either side. And I mean BIG.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on both he and Lee Teregeson being straight but playing gay roles)
      I guess where pretty lucky that we never had to defend our personal lives. And we've been able ot bust down an audience's perceptions through our other projects. But I could see someone like Rupert Evert doing something similar. He seems pretty ballsy. Although I'm not to sure if he'd necessarily be as fine with spreading his butt cheeks as I am.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Keller and Beecher's relationship in 'Oz')
      You can never estimate what the strength of their love for each other is. All you can measure is the growth – or lack of growth – in their relationship. I mean Keller tried everything to win Beecher back. He murdered in bizarre attempts to get Toby to love him again, which just shows how confused he was about the whole [love] thing.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on the romantic relationships in 'Oz')
      That's just an extreme version of real life anyway. It's all so base: love, hate, envy. It's those things that we feed the human animal when we're caught up in these intense passions. In this instance, you add to that mix, some people who are caged like rats before throwing in a whole lot of testosterone. There are obviously going to be consequences.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on being friends with Lee Teregeson)
      We're really close. For us that made representing Keller and Beecher's intimacy easier.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on kissing Lee Teregeson at the GLAAD awards)
      As an actor you relish the chance to tweak the audience's perception as to what's supposedly 'normal' ... And – of course – to have ourselves some fun!

    • Christopher Meloni: (on the gay scenes in 'Oz')
      I do get asked was it difficult to do it and the truth is, it really wasn't ... Few roles actually push things in terms of what is and what isn't acceptable.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Keller's relationship with Sister Peter Marie in 'Oz')
      How many opportunities do you get to seduce a nun? Come on, wouldn't everyone try and climb such a steep? I've always wanted to corrupt a nun. I'm Catholic for Christ's sake.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on why Chris Keller charms in 'Oz')
      Maybe it's the way he uses his cock as a weapon. A lot of people did that sexually charged persona. And you know, he's extremely manipulative. He exercised that power in the outside world before doing it all again while incarcerated. [But] then of course he did much the same to lot of the show's fans.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on returning to 'Scrubs')
      I've got John C. McGinley working on it. I fully intend and hope that I do come back, because I thought it was a very rich and funny character and a good foil for McGinley's character [Dr. Cox].

    • Christopher Meloni: (how he got the part in 'Scrubs')
      I'm a shameless brown-noser. I met [creator] Bill Lawrence -- and I don't usually say this -- but I went up to him and said 'Your show rocks. I love the skewed perception, I love the whole way you tell the story.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on "finding" acting)
      It was so great. I understood. I was finally smart at something. I knew certain things - inherently - like the guys in math class who just had a feeling for numbers. I had that with acting.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on dealing with the horrors that 'SVU' deals with)
      You know, when I was doing the research all these guys, all these detectives, be they in homicide or SVU they really have gallows humour, except when it is a crime that deals with children, and then there's a real quiet, somber focused attitude.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on the effects of the storylines in 'SVU')
      I think they do a great job with writing the scripts and kinda portraying, you know, all the dynamics of these horrible crimes. Combine that with the fact that I'm a father ... now I can't read about children disappearing or dying, that sort of thing. I can't-- on the personal side of things I don't deal with it anymore. I just-- I don't read the paper. I don't read those stories in the paper.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on fatherhood)
      I had no expectations about fatherhood, really, but it's definitely a journey I'm glad to be taking. Number one, it's a great learning experience. When my mother told me it's a 24/7 job, she wasn't kidding.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on fame)
      It's just nice to work hard and be rewarded, which is having lots of people watch. And the icing on the cake is for me is to be able to walk around with pride, feeling that the product you put out is worthy of being watched. But honestly, it's not a big deal. I don't put too much stock in fame or celebrity anyway. I don't put it in the 'important' box.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on language censorship in 'SVU')
      At times, we stoop to very pedestrian standards when we don't use language that's fitting to the scene and the emotional content of what's being expressed. It doesn't have to be [the F word], or anything like that, but a good 'shit' and a 'goddamn' can go a long way. For me as a viewer, [not having dialogue like that] takes me out of a scene. This is not the world we live in generally, and especially not at a police station. These people are under duress and stressed out. But aside from that, I feel as though I've got a good handle on what to do at 'SVU/. I know who we're playing and what it's all about.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on switching between playing Stabler in 'SVU' and Keller in 'Oz')
      Actually, if I had my way, I think it'd be easier for me to go from 'OZ' to 'SVU'. It's easier to have the aperture wide open for the Keller character and then tighten it up for Stabler, as opposed to going from a very tight, linear character into a more openly expressive guy.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Chris Keller's relationship with Tobias Beecher in 'Oz')
      It's a unique element to the show. I was just playing one script at a time, one scene at a time. I'm not one to look too further or too grander than that. So I was surprised by their popularity and have found it wonderfully curious. It's the only ongoing relationship and semblance of romance in this twisted world that Tom (Fontana, OZ's creator) has painted. Anybody who does have a relationship in Oz ends up getting raped, killed or blinded. Beecher and Keller have definitely had their ups and downs, but at least their relationship is going strong.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on doing both 'Oz' and 'SVU' at once)
      It's been exceedingly difficult for me. I never wanted to admit that before. But it's true. I think that part of the problem is I lived with just the detective for nine months out of the year and then all of the sudden while I'm still playing this detective, I'm asked to be this other entity.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on doing both 'Oz' and 'SVU' at once)
      Both productions have been more than kind in my desire to do both shows. What happens is usually I'll film all my stuff on 'OZ' on Friday mornings. That means that if I wrap at three in the morning on Friday at 'SVU', I get about two hours of sleep, and then I have to wake up and catch the bus to the 'OZ' set, work for about six hours there, and then go straight back to 'SVU' for another fun-filled, 20-hour day.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Chris Keller's sexuality in 'Oz')
      I never know. I always thought of him as omni-sexual. I think he actually said, 'Any port in a storm.'

      But in these circumstances, that's where he goes. It's a men's prison. But I think that's his appeal. His sexuality is not bounded by any special societal structures or what's considered right and appropriate ... He goes anywhere.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on what attracted him to the role of Chris Keller in 'Oz')
      I knew nothing about the character. I just let it roll. The deeper it went down the homosexual route, I was like, 'This is a treat.' That sort of thing is not afforded actors, even in film, because you have to tell a story in two hours.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on fans reactions to Chris Keller in 'Oz')
      The most letters that Tom Fontana ... received was when my character pissed in a bucket. Tom's like 'He's forced boys to give him blowjobs and twisted their heads off and they're worried about him peeing into the bucket?' Murder we can handle! Bodily functions cross the line!

    • Christopher Meloni: (on fatherhood)
      The surprising thing about fatherhood was finding my inner mush. Now I want to share it with the world.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Chris Keller's sexual appetite in 'Oz')
      Whatever's in front of him is fair play and while it's happening or within that context, it's about what he can get.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Kathy Bates directing for 'Oz')
      With Oz there's a kind of structure to (telling the stories), and you've got to get it done. And it's driven more emotionally than with wacky camera shots and that stuff. So, when you have an actor directing, they understand how to tell a story emotionally. So there's an instant rapport and an instant communication between the actor who's acting and the actor who's directing. And Kathy Bates - what a ballsy, beautiful, forthright, smart woman. I fell in love with her, Jesus Christ. She directed the episode where I first grabbed Beecher's cock. As an actor that was the first time I'd ever grabbed another guy's cock!

    • Christopher Meloni: (on the characterization of Chris Keller in 'Oz')
      It's the genius of Tom Fontana. He forces you to look at the worse behavior possible and then he turns it around and tried to give you examples of goodness (in the character). All of these elements reside in all human beings and you just have to put it into context of where we are. It's just a brutal environment. So, people can understand hey, he's good and he's bad, as we all are.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on fellow 'Oz' actor Rita Moreno, who plays Sister Peter Maree)
      She's been at this for so long - that's not to age her at all because she's still so youthful and dynamic and beautiful - and I think a big part of (our chemistry) was the great insidious set-up Tom gave to our relationship, that very manipulative psychological tormenting. People look forward to it.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on being naked in 'Oz')
      It was never a question or a problem. You either commit to it, to where you are and what you're doing, or you don't. It's not like the required titty shot. I don't know. I've never had any problem with it whatsoever. I understood it for me, and for the character.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Chris Keller and Tobias Beecher's relatinship in 'Oz')
      It's like any relationship - you've got good times, you've got bad times - it's just extreme due to the nature of where they are and what they have to do to survive and the dynamics of the social structure within 'Oz'.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Chris Keller and Tobias Beecher's relatinship in 'Oz')
      People get off on the relationship and get a kick out of it because so many people are caught up in a relationship of, "I love you and I know I shouldn't, but God help me I can't help myself."

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Chris Keller and Tobias Beecher's relatinship in 'Oz')
      Through his relationship with Beecher, Keller is trying to find truth within himself and who he is and the elements that it takes to make up a relationship; what they are, and where they reside within himself, be it intimacy or conflict or communication.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Chris Keller in 'Oz' and the reaction of fans)
      That I've reached someone, and they give me feedback that's positive is always great. More important are occasional e-mails through my Web site or fan letters -- whatever people are feeling or getting out of either the character or my character's relationship with Beecher. The best part is anytime it affects people profoundly. You know, as people say it's nice to show a multifaceted gay relationship, to have people talking about a strong gay character. Because so often you'll have the gay character who's funny or a quick-witted Oscar Wilde type. But with Keller, you have a dysfunctional, sometimes brutish, sometimes loving/manipulative omnisexual, and it's not hammered home that he's gay. Fans respond to his complexity.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on his relationship with Lee Tergeson from 'Oz')
      I thought we had a great professional rapport. I always liked him personally, and the personal side of it grew, as we became friends. So that's always been helpful. I think we've learned a lot from each other. It's always a great experience. I always look very much forward to the scenes that we have together. Even if I don't have to kiss him!

    • Christopher Meloni: (on fandom)
      I had fans make me a Keller action figure. It was presented in the original packaging, which was a cardboard box made up to look like a prison cell and came complete with a bucket, a piss bucket.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on a role he didn't get)
      The Matrix, the bad guy -- Agent Smith that Hugo Weaving did so great -- I was very close to getting that. I was really bummed out but when I saw the movie and what he did, it was brilliant. And what he did, I would never have done. I was actually surprised at myself for not beating myself up more when I saw it.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on what he wouldn't do as an actor)
      Anything that didn't make sense. It has to make sense or I have to be able to make sense out of it. I'm not worried about anything if it's right. As long as I can understand it, I'll do it. It's the humdrum and mundane that I chafe at doing. Words written that hit the audience over the head. I've had conversations with writers like, 'Let's never have anyone say 'I'm a good cop.' Nobody says, 'He ate his gun.' Cliches I can't do.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on his intial rejections)
      It was a turning point. I think I was trying to find out what I really wanted. I'd look in the mirror and say, 'Chris, you want to be an actor. "No, I don't.' 'You do.' Your instinct is telling you that you do.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Chris Keller from 'Oz' and Elliot Stabler from 'SVU')
      It's difficult for me to find Keller. Freedom is not easy for me - that idea that anything is possible within your realm of behavior. That's tough to do after Stabler, who is very linear, a straight line.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Sherman)
      She's very accepting, one of these spirits who's easy to be around. She has a calming, comforting energy.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on love)
      My wife has brought great beauty into my life. And my daughter has brought me nothing but joy. Those qualities were greatly lacking.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on his and Sherman's loft in New York)
      I pride myself on everything this place is not. It's got no doorman ... I love that. I love the anonymity of it. I love that the foyer is ugly and the paint is peeling. I love that the elevator takes half an hour to get to my floor.

      We've been here five years, and I still think it's perfect. The only thing I ever wanted was a loft in New York City.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on working in a gay gym)
      I confronted my own homophobia and learned how not to put on a come-hither look

    • Christopher Meloni: (on 'Oz')
      I hadn't heard of the show, but when they said it was Tom Fontana, I said yes. When they said there's no money, I still said yes. There are few opportunities to do this sort of exciting work.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on occasionally forgetting his interview obligations)
      I'm so busy these days. I forget everything but my lines.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on life)
      If you take life at face value, it loses its luster pretty quickly. If you go after it, you get more out of it.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on fight scenes and his past training in martial arts)
      I studied tae kwon do back in college, and I enjoyed that. But for my money, something was missing. So I got into a style called goshin jujitsu. That incorporated not only kickboxing but also grappling techniques. For me, mui Thai is the best of both. You're kicked, you kick. You punch - it's a very hard style - and then you get in and grapple and throw ... I've always been interested in fighting as a culture. Not so much getting into fights, but whatever that thing is that's mystical, magical about it.

      In 'Oz' we've had a couple of fights, but nothing large. I tell you where I think you can see this training is in how somebody uses his balance - where they keep themselves in relation to the perpetrator, keeping distances that are correct and comfortable, knowing when and where to go in, how you move if somebody's coming at you.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on the beginings of 'SVU')
      This is my first experience being on a show people are watching. And I think that breathes a certain life into people and their work. When the work is good, it makes for an enthusiasm and that's a great spirit to be around.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on the future of 'SVU')
      I've been in the business long enough to know you can only worry about so much. Sure, it's a challenge -- one I readily accepted -- but I never felt the shadow of the mothership hovering over me. I didn't come to the show with any expectations. I just had confidence in my abilities and knew the rest is up to the writers.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on the strangest place he's had sex)
      In a bathroom stall in a women's room in a nightclub.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on what he's complimented on)
      My ass or my eyes. My smile. Or my ass.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on landing multiple roles)
      It's such a cliché, but I started getting the jobs when I didn't give a fuck anymore.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on getting male attention in college)
      It was the first time a guy had ever said 'you've got a great body' to me.

      The next thing you know, he's asking me if I like gladiator movies ... He followed me out to the parking lot, and I had to talk him down. He thought that maybe I was playing hard to get, 'cause here I was in the bisexual bar, so I said I go where I want to go, but I don't go there. So let's be friends.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on kissing Lee Teregeson in 'Oz')
      There was some trepidation at first. I mean, guys have stubble and stuff, and after I was five I didn't even want to hold hands with my father or kiss him on the cheek. But finally, it was like, fuck it, let's do it. I was supposed to be drunk in the scene, so I was juggling a lot of emotions.

      And the second time I had to kiss him-and this was also a valuable learning thing for me-it was tender moment, a kiss of love. This has to mean something. I've only ever had that feeling with the softness of a woman's lips behind it, and here was a guy who I love as an actor and as a friend, but now it was taking it even a notch higher: I love you enough to kiss you, to want you sexually.

      I'm telling you we were so nervous we got it in one take. We were afraid of it. We just allowed that atmosphere to permeate the scene. Tough work, but someone's gotta do it.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Chris Keller and Tobias Beecher's relationship in 'Oz')
      I said one time in an interview, 'Love hurts,' and it was pertaining to breaking Beecher's legs. And you know, it was funny at the time, but there's also truth in it. High tension leads to high passion. You have the best sex after you've just had a fight. I think our characters have two people trying to learn to survive and trying to understand this animal that's been created between them. An animal that neither one of them has really ever known: trust, love.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on nudity in 'Oz')
      I'm a nudist at heart.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Chris Keller in 'Oz')
      He uses his penis as a weapon. Female, male, it's relevant. It's just a way of getting what he wants.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on success)
      Look, I hate to sound like Pollyanna, but I literally can't wait to get to work in the morning. I've got steady jobs, I've got my health, and I'm here in the greatest city in the world. I'd be a pig not to be grateful.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on sucess)
      Look, I hate to sound like Pollyanna, but I literally can't wait to get to work in the morning. I've got steady jobs, I've got my health, and I'm here in the greatest city in the world. I'd be a pig not to be grateful.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Chris Keller in 'Oz')
      The interesting thing is that I found people were very moved and intrigued by the one moment of remorse Chris showed, after he had seduced Beecher and then broke his arms and legs. I had more comment on that one flicker of humanity than anything else he's done!

    • Christopher Meloni: (on being recognised)
      I went to the Oscar de la Hoya pre-fight party. All these great people like Jimmy Smits and James Gandolfini acknowledged me. It was like Wow! I guess this is what making it feels like.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on working in the stage production 'The Rainmaker')
      That was one of the hardest, and ultimately the most satisfying things I ever did, because my character doesn't come on for a full half hour, but he has to arrive as a completely formed personality. You have to convey all his energy at once, from the moment he appears.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on getting the roles in 'Oz' and 'SVU')
      I hate to be so cliched as to say 'small-town boy makes good in big city' -- especially since I'm from Washington, D.C. or that it's all like a fairy tale --but that's the way it seems right now.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on the demands of acting )
      This job put[s] the kibosh on any kind of life, that's for sure. But after living through the opposite? This is awesome.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on casting)
      I don't get called very often to play innocents.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on 'Runaway Bride')
      That's light comedy, which I haven't had much of a chance to do. I had to tap into something different for that role.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on the scene from 'Oz' where Chris Keller reveals to Sister Peter Marie why he keeps hurting the people who love him)
      Here's a man who can say very honestly what a piece of (garbage) he is, but also let you know he is searching for something greater, just like anyone else. These (are) very big issues, but they didn't hit you over the head.

      That was one of the very, very, very few times I walked away after the scene and thought, 'Oh, my God. I think that actually was good'.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on 'Oz' and kissing Lee Tergesen)
      I don't happen to be gay in real life, and I've never kissed a guy, but an actor knows he's not going to get stuff like this dumped on his plate very often, and that (realization) makes you want to just jump on it and revel in it. Every script just astounded me, but I'd smile at him and say, 'Tom, you can t hand me nothing that I won t do. Just keep it coming, baby!'

    • Christopher Meloni: (on 'The Runaway Bride')
      After we did one little scene, Julia and I just ad-libbed a scene and cracked each other up. Then she turned to me with that beautiful, bright, charming smile and said, `You are just adorable, right in front of (Bride director) Garry Marshall. It makes me choke up a little, really, how nice she was, because you don't have to make that extra effort, and she really went out of her way to help me. She's a very generous, very kind person.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on success)
      The current is almost always against you, because you have to fight to find your own channel.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on his the beginings of his career)
      It's very easy to be pigeonholed as the lovable dumb one, and also the `Noo Yawk guy. I know I have a slight accent, and I'll admit I made some bad choices.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on Elliot Stabler)
      Dick said, 'I want to get a little more personal with this detective'. It's more interesting to be able to flesh out a character from all angles, both professional and personal, and the home-life scenes add so much weight to the story because you're getting to see the people who have to deal with these terrible crimes as real human beings.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on being a bouncer)
      I've seen guys kick through window panes of glass and I've been dragged from a car, literally. It was too much abuse for only $40 a night.

    • Christopher Meloni: (what kind of underwear he wears)
      I hang loose.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on his tattoo)
      My tattoo to me means commit to what you believe in and be willing to do anything for it.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on who he'd like to work with)
      Actors, I'd like to work with Robert DeNiro, Ian Holm, Johnny Depp again. Gene Hackman. Directors, Martin Scorsese, Terry Gilliam, Wachowski Brothers. I'm sure there are a million others.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on kissing Lee Tergeson in 'Oz')
      I've kissed Lee twice. He's actually the first guy I've ever kissed. The first time I did it, it was actually a drunk, lusty kiss. That was easy to do, because it was a calculated plan on Keller, my character's, part. The second time I kissed him was sincere. It was out of feelings of love for this man. That was hard.... Both of us were trembling. The director came up and wanted to talk to us about the scene. We just said let us do it. We did it in one take.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on playing Chris Keller in 'Oz')
      Funny enough, the hardest thing to play are the soft, sincere, tender moments. Moments when he really opens up and is vulnerable. I spend so much time with this character not being vulnerable. I usually manipulate and use violence. The moments with sincerity and vulnerability, they're the toughest.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on popularity)
      So far everything is cool. People have been very nice if they recognize me. It's a pleasure for me. I must say, it takes a lot of energy, because you always have to watch what you say. It seems that things I say can be taken out of context.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on the development of Elliot Stabler's personality)
      I think the writers are picking up on whatever quirks I possess. It's not just Captain America to the rescue, you know.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on himself being arrested)
      It was during a barroom brawl back in D.C. I was a 20-year-old freak. I had long hair. I was dancing with the wrong girl, and next thing you know, they threw me in jail.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on taking the role in 'Bound')
      It gave me more confidence.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on working on 'Runaway Bride' and the influence of other actors)
      I learned more from [Julia Roberts] than anyone I've ever worked with [on film].

    • Christopher Meloni: (on working on both 'Oz' and 'SVU')
      I've gone past tired to zombie-like catatonia.

    • Christopher Meloni (on how he got the body for Chris Keller in 'Oz')
      If you wanna get in shape, just get yourself incarcerated. Sure, the accomodations may be tiny (if you live in New York City, you should be used to it), but with your unlimited free time and the right dedication, one day while looking into the polished metal mirror you may be able to say "Wow, I really am looking like the No. 1 alpha female (or male) of cell-block B."

      PUSH-UPS Start out slow, with as many sets as needed to reach 100.When you can do them in two sets, move on to 150.

      SIT-UPS, CRUNCHES, LEG LIFTS Get to 200 using however many sets as necessary. And it's important that you vary the moves.

      SQUATS Do 50 and then run in place for a minute. Repeat 10 times. For bigger legs, have your cell mate get on your back as you squat. Use extreme caution with this exercise because it may lead to ... things. Good luck.

    • Christopher Meloni : (on the 'The Runaway Bride')
      I didn't get a lot of tangible results from it. People did not knock down my door saying, 'We need to have him in our next film.' I wasn't shocked or devastated. I realized it was just another lesson.

    • Christopher Meloni : (on the cancelling of 'The Fanelli Boys')
      It was like a divorce. I was swimming through this miasma of funk and crushing disappointment. The cure: Get back on the horse and try again.

    • Christopher Meloni : (on 'Oz' and 'SVU')
      When you're the hero you're a little more limited. But villains can come in any shape, size or demeanor.

    • Christopher Meloni : (on 'Oz')
      It's the writing. You get very few opportunities to say the words that (creator) Tom Fontana gives you. I don't think there are too many writers who give you as much emotional range or as complex and deep characters.

    • Christopher Meloni : (on the success of his career)
      I mean for so many years you put up with so much shit to get to a point where your work is appreciated and in many ways, recognized.Then it happens and it's like,'Wow!'

    • Christopher Meloni : (on family and work committments)
      Splitting time is a bit of a pain. But the days are long, 14 to 15 hours sometimes, so it wouldn't make much sense to commute up to Connecticut every night. I'd get home just in time to turn around and come back.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on his wife's reaction to his on screen kiss with a man)
      She suggested I shave my legs. But I didn't think Lee would be running his hand up and down my leg.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on filming two series at one time)
      Each production would do a very thoughtful dance for my benefit, so that I had the time to do both shows, but when they overlapped, there were about two days of the week for about two months where I got about three hours of sleep [a night].

    • Christopher Meloni: (on his character Chris Keller kissing another man on Oz) So I got the script and it says my character Keller kisses Beecher, Lee Tergesen, and I got it and [deep breath] I went like that, I picked up the phone, I called Lee I go 'Lee, I guess we're gay' hung up, and we hadn't talked too much about it because it's such a -- it was an unknown place for me, personally, I have no experience having contact with another man in that way. So, I'm nervous talking about it.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on how he was cast as the character Chris Keller on Oz) Tom Fontana, the writer-creator of Oz just, he hired me, I didn't have to audition, So, I said, 'There you go, you're gonna be an inmate. Fine. Great', and I got the first script and the first words out of my mouth are, as I'm entering my cell, and my pod mate is going to be Lee Tergesen, my first words were 'So, you a fag?'

    • Christopher Meloni: (on being the good guy and the bad guy)
      The bad guy is always fun, cause you know you can really just kick out the jams and just put your foot on the accelerator and roll, and that doesn't mean you're big and you're over the top ... The boundaries are limitless. and you're range of emotion or--not emotion but your range of behavior and how you express yourself. But, conversely, if you're going to be the cop on SVU and, I guess, how I'm playing the guy, It's a challenge to be the good guy and have people follow your story and still be interesting, still give colors to maybe, you know, a guy who's range of behavior is not as wide, the spectrums not as wide. it's always a challenge to go, 'okay, now how do I come in and make this interesting, give this guy a flavor and a color?'

    • Christopher Meloni (on acting)
      This is a dream come true. To wake up in a place that I own and go to work in New York City as an actor - I feel like Mary Tyler Moore throwing her friggin' hat in the air.

    • Christopher Meloni (on his character Elliot Stabler in 'SVU')
      How good could someone be without being affected by those crimes?

    • Christopher Meloni (on Keller and Beecher's relationship in 'Oz')
      Some guy sent me some really nice stuff about the impact that Keller and Beecher have.It's like two guys in love, but they're not gay. Or are they gay? Or does it even matter that they're gay? That's cool - I never thought of that.

    • Christopher Meloni (on his character Chris Keller in 'Oz')
      My recognition quotient has gone up fiftyfold because of 'Oz'. It's been amazing.

    • Christopher Meloni (on 'SVU's' slant)
      One big difference between 'Law & Order' and 'SVU' is that our characters have private lives. For example, Elliot is in a slightly rocky marriage with four kids. He's a guy under pressure.

    • Christopher Meloni (on his career)
      I've got the best of all worlds. It's every actor's dream to wake up in New York City and go to an acting job rather than to a restaurant to wash dirty dishes. And I live so close to the studios that I ride my bike to work.

    • Christopher Meloni (on being type cast)
      It ain't easy to break out of a mold, but if you do your work, people will ultimately see what you're capable of. Too often, people find it easier to make assumptions and stick with what they believe. They put you in a place and it makes their job easier. The good people constantly search for something different.

    • Christopher Meloni (on the difference between 'SVU' and 'Oz')
      It's the difference between a mom and pop shop and a big corporation. With a mom and pop store, which is 'Oz', you have more freedom. You're more relaxed. You don't have as many resources available to you. But you can be more creative. With 'Law and Order' there are much different constraints. You've got network standards and practices and you can't express yourself with curse words.

    • Christopher Meloni (on nudity 'Oz')
      I like doing whatever's asked, as long as I can justify and understand it. I take it as a challenge. It's important to be afraid of something. People should have a visceral reaction

    • Christopher Meloni: (on his character Chris Keller in 'Oz')
      I'm not smart enough to analyze him. But once you get familiar with where to place him in yourself, you hang on to him. I'm still not sure who he is.

    • Christopher Meloni (on acting)
      I love to act. I need to act. It's the big itch I need to scratch

    • Christopher Meloni (on highschool)
      I was the guy whose parents always had to come in for meetings at school.

    • Christopher Meloni (on having an earring)
      I got this pierced when I was 15, and uh, my dad ... It's breakfast and he's reading the paper and he looks up and there's a glimmer in my ear, you know... I just got a post in it and he's like, "What the hell is that in your ear?" ... he wrestled it out of my ear.

    • Christopher Meloni (on the first time he came to Hollywood)
      I quit school, halfway through college, and, um, took my motorcycle out here and really was very unprepared. How unprepared? I was so unprepared I went to a... I just got a list of agents, you know... It's free for anybody who wants to bother to go find one. So I knock on the door, I got my leather jacket on, still got bug guts on it from the ride. So I walk on in and I said, "Hi" and they always look at you like, "Can I help you?" And I said, "Yeah, I'm here to be a movie actor". And she's like, "Uh huh...you got a picture and resume." And I was like, "What?" I didn't know what a picture and resume was. So right away she's like, "Thank you. Goodbye... get out."

    • Christopher Meloni: (on before he had an agent)
      I was writing, reading Henry Miller and Tom Wolfe and Bukowski, being miserable, and trying to figure out how to get an agent. I fancied myself the Hunter S. Thompson of my time, with a jaded, jaundiced eye upon the world, writing plays and vignettes on my typewriter.

    • Christopher Meloni (on his character Eddie in 'View from a Bridge'):
      I think he's a man who's caught up in this particular circumstance, this particular junction in his life, where what he sees as his code of honor is tested by this passion that was previously unrevealed to him. He's definitely a product of his world; he's a little ignorant and he's unreflective. I think, today, we would use the catchphrase that he's living in denial. In the end, he's surviving the only way he can, even if it means betraying his family.

    • Christopher Meloni (on A 'View from a Bridge'):
      There was a certain Italian-ness to the way things are done and they way people interact with each other that I recognize from my family. I've incorporated that into the role.

    • Christopher Meloni (on family)
      I'm third-generation Italian, but I still have a strong sense of my heritage. There are certain Italianisms that ring very true in this play - the place of the man in the household, the idea of respect . . . of omerta.

      My grandfather was a doctor. If he went to make a house call, he commanded respect - even with the street toughs. I saw how his high-standing in the neighbourhood affected how we were all treated. Even now, I see my old grandmother - who is so frail she's practically pulling herself from appliance to appliance - is still cooking for him, because it's considered that's her job.

      In my parents' house it was more or less the same. It was the woman's job to take care of the kids. In my house, forget it! It's totally different.

    • Christopher Meloni (on his children)
      We couldn't have kids the normal way. We both knew from day one that these were the steps we were going to take. We just didn't know with whom.

      We went online to surrogacy agencies. We interviewed lots of people - and I have to say, with all due respect, some of them were freaks. I was very leery of the process the whole way through.

      There was a friend of ours who worked with a girl who had said she would consider being a surrogate. We met her and right away she was awesome. We were looking for someone who could take care of themselves and it was pretty clear she could.

      It still took over a year after we met her, because we failed to conceive on a couple of attempts. She hung in there for us. I was in the hospital for the births and it was the most amazing experience. Having kids has shown me that there is something more important in life than acting.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on his beginning doing TV commercials)
      You name it, bro, I advertised it. Some of it was totally cheesy. I did this commercial in Germany for a washing machine repair guy. When the housewife takes the clothes out of the machine she goes: 'Aii, Schmutzraender!' [Oh no, stains!] And I look at her and repeat: 'Aii, Schmutzraender!' I went around Hamburg, trying to pick up chicks with this one lame phrase. Needless to say, I never got laid in Hamburg.

    • Christopher Meloni (on acting)
      I really love to act; I love everything about it. I've never had this addiction to being known. I mean, sure, if you go into acting, there's part of you that is saying, 'I want attention' but I was brought up to work to deserve attention, and it is the work, not the trappings that are important.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on why it's taken so long to get nominated)
      I never gave it too much thought. I must say, I was more shocked when I wasn't thrown out there for 'Oz', because I thought that was a much more arresting thing that hadn't been on TV before. Once that didn't happen, I really didn't give it too much thought, because I just [figured] I didn't know the dynamics of it, and that's fine. I'll just leave it be.

    • Christopher Meloni (on the reaction of fans who have suffered abuse)
      I tell you, when that happens to you, when a survivor hugs you and you're crying? And I'm biting my lip not to ... cry. It's just heavy. It's a heavy load.

    • Christoher Meloni (on 'Oz' being ignored by the Emmys)
      I thought I'd get a look for the work I did on 'Oz.' I don't know how these things go. It wasn't just me. I felt [the show] was actively being ignored. Even to this day, I still think, every time I see the HBO 'Groundbreaking' [ads], my first thought is, That's Tom Fontana. Tom Fontana was groundbreaking. And God bless HBO for putting it on. And then 'The Sopranos' came along. Not to take anything away from them; it's one of the few things I do watch on TV.

    • Christopher Meloni (on "Ripped" from 'SVU' the episode he was nominated for an Emmy)
      It was my great big scene, and, yes, there were tears. I thought it was special in that the scene takes up one full act, the whole third act, a 12-minute scene. I thought, I'm doing a one-act play right here. When you have to sustain a scene for 12 minutes, it better have a lot of peaks and valleys. And the stuff was here in the script. I went back to my roots of looking at a scene, breaking it down. I was very pleased to do it.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on being nominated for an Emmy)
      It's funny: I never meant to be disrespectful or dismissive of the honor. I'm just kind of happy with how my life was going. Now that I've had a little time to reflect ... I'm surrounded by great, highly excitable people, and they got me really fired up. Now I'm like, 'This is really cool.' I'm really excited about the whole shenanigans and hoopla. Say what you will about Hollywood and its awards ceremonies; they do know how to throw a party.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on being thankful for working on 'SVU')
      Twenty million people see you on television. They're paying you very good wages to do this and you've got all the perks in the world. I'm the luckiest guy in the world and I say a prayer to Dick Wolf every night ... to be able to dig deep.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on being stereotyped)
      I have worried about getting pigeon-holed, but now I think I've done enough weird, offbeat stuff not to be. And I also know that I do things for the right reasons: I've made my money, so I don't have to say yes to anything. I think just to have a worthwhile show on network television is very difficult because of the natural constraints that the advertisers put on you. It is what it is: those are the waters you're swimming in. But I just find it more interesting outside that box.

    • Christopher Meloni (on amibition)
      I think I'm healthily ambitious, but I do know others who do things that I would never dream of to forward their ambition. As you get older, celebrity for me is like candy. The first bite is awesome, it's the best chocolate you've ever had. So you have a second bite and it's pretty darn good. Third bite I don't feel so good. Fourth bite I'm sick to my stomach.

      Then you find yourself doing Arthur Miller, busting your hump; it's so miserable, you're hating it. And then you've moments of clarity and beauty and majesty, and all of sudden you're connected. It's almost like touching God.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on living with Elliot Stabler)
      Every time I finish a season, I do something to basically scrub away this character. I shaved my head into a mohawk one time. I leave immediately and I go travel. This time I wrapped on Thursday, spent Friday with my children, caught a flight on Saturday night and was here on Sunday. So I'm pretty crispy.

      But you've got to get away from this person (Stabler) and this dark, intense place that you are in. And you've got to get away from what I call lock-and-load shooting: if your rehearsal takes more than 15 minutes you're behind schedule. It ain't deep. You're trying to cook gourmet food in a fast food restaurant and there's an inherent pressure to that. When you're offered a play and you come here, you know you're going to be able to have an incubation period, really go to a deeper level. It's a great challenge.

    • Christopher Meloni (on the writers and producers of 'SVU')
      I think the producers, writers and directors on our show are very astute to what people want to see. You'll get bits and pieces of what's going on in Stabler's life, but you'll never see an episode devoted to one character going off someplace that doesn't fit into what the show is based on

      Our viewers are ultimately most interested in seeing these people solve [cases] and prosecute the bad guys

    • Christopher Meloni: (on the 'SVU' cast)
      Richard is a very intelligent thinker. Ice gives us legitimate street smarts. Mariska and I are more the atypical actors. It's a great blend.

    • Christopher Meloni (on signing autographs)
      Sometimes when I get approached for an autograph, I just say, 'Screw the autograph—let me buy you a drink. Tell me about yourself. Let's hang out and talk'

    • Christopher Meloni (on law enforcement):
      You couldn't pay me enough to be a law enforcement officer. Their job is a tough job. You have to solve people's problems, you have to baby-sit people, you have to always be doing this cat-and-mouse game with the bad guys. My respect for them is immense.

    • Christopher Meloni (on being the bad guy in 'Oz'):
      You know, the bad guy gets a wider range of behavior, usually, that he's allowed to play. You know, because, he's the guy that I love to hate sort of thing. With the hero, the spectrum of behavior is a little more limited. You take shots where you can show human foibles and weaknesses and strengths.

    • Christopher Meloni (on how hard it was to play Chris Keller on 'Oz')
      This is stuff that an actor would give his left arm for. You get to show the extremes of human behavior in a very intelligent, thoughtful way, even, if, at times, it was brutal and manipulative.

    • Christopher Meloni (on why his character Chris Keller in 'Oz' attracts viewers):
      It's the genius of Tom Fontana. He forces you to look at the worse behavior possible and then he turns it around and tried to give you examples of goodness (in the character). All of these elements reside in all human beings and you just have to put it into context of where we are. It's just a brutal environment. So, people can understand hey, he's good and he's bad, as we all are.

    • Christopher Meloni (on the attention he gets from homosexual fans due to his role as Chris Keller in 'Oz')
      That I've reached someone, and they give me feedback that's positive is always great. More important are occasional e-mails through my Web site or fan letters -- whatever people are feeling or getting out of either the character or my character's relationship with Beecher. The best part is anytime it affects people profoundly. You know, as people say it's nice to show a multifaceted homosexual relationship, to have people talking about a strong homosexual character. Because so often you'll have the homosexual character who's funny or a quick-witted Oscar Wilde type. But with Keller, you have a dysfunctional, sometimes brutish, sometimes loving/manipulative omnisexual, and it's not hammered home that he's homosexual. Fans respond to his complexity.

    • Christopher Meloni (on his role as Chris Keller in 'Oz')
      I don't know if this role is anymore challenging than my other roles. I think all of the roles I've played are challenging in that to do them right, you have to know where you're prepared to go with the character. You can't be too broad. You can't let external things get in your way or lose your focus.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on his path to be an actor)
      I took acting classes in college, and once I graduated, I decided to give acting a shot when I couldn't really think of anything else to do. It took me a couple of years to get an agent, and my first big break was The Fanelli Boys, which was a sitcom on NBC. Then I did a few television movies.

      I started out in New York with 'The Fanelli Boys', but in 1990 I moved out to Los Angeles. I lived there for about six years, but I couldn't take it anymore. I had to get back to New York. So as soon as I got back, everything just fell into place. I think the movie 'Bound' helped me a lot. I did a guest role on 'NYPD Blue'. Those two things kind of gave me a higher profile and reputation for doing pretty good work. And from there it was really Tom Fontana and Jerry Gilliam for films and Dick Wolfe who were kind of patron saints.

    • Christopher Meloni (on being asked the same questions repetitedly)
      [The most annoying questions are] probably the ones about the whole acting process. 'How are you able to do...such-and-such?' You study something for so long and then try to talk about it. It's not explainable. It's like history to a historian, someone who makes history their life. It's a bigger, grander thing and explaining it doesn't work. The acting thing is difficult, fucking difficult to explain. Like: explain being a surgeon. I'm a surgeon of emotions. I'll kill you if you quote me on that.

    • Christopher Meloni (on fans and his offical website):
      I guess what amazes me is how much time they have to devote to it, only because I don't have any fucking time. But on hiatus I look around and ask, 'What should I do? fuck it, I'll jump on the web,' and then I've got nothing but time. I'm really proud and happy with the work Brian Rogers has done. He's the guy who created the site and updates and maintains and mediates it.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on playing two very different roles at once)
      I had just gotten 'SVU' and wanted to do both [referring to 'Oz']. Both producers, Dick Wolf and Tom Fontana, were cool with it, letting me work both sides of the fence. I kind of fell on my own sword. I didn't want to get anybody bent out of shape. Both sides said, 'It's cool' as long as it didn't work out conflicting with 'SVU', since I am under contract to them. It seemed to be working so I begged Tom to let me come back.

    • Christopher Meloni (on acting):
      I was either going to die or be an actor. There were no other options.

    • Christopher Meloni (on his role as Dr. Dave Norris in 'Scrubs')
      He's a little eccentric, a little acerbic. I think once you get to know the guy, he might be okay, and he may be a very capable pediatrician. But his introduction on 'Scrubs' ... both barrels were used. He comes out of the box roaring.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on hard roles):
      I like doing whatever's asked, as long as I can justify and understand it. I take it as a challenge. It's important to be afraid of something. People should have a visceral reaction.

    • Christopher Meloni (on acting):
      For an actor, you have to free yourself - even in the decision to become an actor.

    • Christopher Meloni : (on working with rape victims outside the show)
      Mariska has her own foundation. She helps with survivors of sexual abuse - they go swimming with wild dolphins.

      My wife and I are involved in the Montefiore Children's Center. They are out of the Bronx. They are the first hospital to do this. If a person comes into the emergency room and there is a hint or suggestion of sexual abuse or blatantly a rape victim, they have on site rape counselors. They have been able to do some good.

      I tell you I have had a lot of rape survivors and sexual abuse survivors come up to me and give me a big hug and say 'your show has really helped me profoundly.' I tell you it's the best feeling in the world. It is larger than you.

    • Christopher Meloni : (On 'SVU'):
      Crime is one of the leads of the show. If there's ever anything that deals with a character's personal life, you don't have to worry about it getting too crazy. People don't have to worry about character arcs. Each episode is a self-contained unit.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on working on 'Oz' with Lee Tergesen)
      Talking about Lee is like eating a big fat chocolate sundae. I know it's bad for me, but I can't help myself. I catch myself doing it all the time, or dreaming about it. I'm trying to quit cause it's ruining my girlish figure and I can't fit into any of my clothes the way I used to.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on 'SVU')
      You can watch any episode you want and have a compelling story being told.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on doing two series at once) Whoever envisions not one but two series in New York?

    • Christopher Meloni: (on acting)
      When it's mid-February, and it's bitterly cold outside, I am really glad that I'm not working in construction anymore.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on finding a surrogate)
      We went online to surrogacy agencies. We interviewed lots of people - and I have to say, with all due respect, some of them were freaks. I was very leery of the process the whole way through.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on finding a surrogate)
      There was a friend of ours who worked with a girl who had said she would consider being a surrogate. We met her and right away she was awesome. We were looking for someone who could take care of themselves and it was pretty clear she could.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on family)
      My mother raised three children on her own and my dad was a doctor working 16 hours a day.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on New York's atmopshere)
      My first thought when I came here was that I understood why there are so many great Irish writers - because there is something mystical in the air. There's always this cloudy, moody sky and it's challenging.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on his 'SVU' co stars other pursuits than acting)
      Mariska has her own foundation. She helps with survivors of sexual abuse - they go swimming with wild dolphins.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on fans)
      It's always been kind of weird to me because when you give someone an autograph, you're looking down at a piece of paper and once you sign it the person moves on.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on finding a surrogate mother)
      It still took over a year after we met her, because we failed to conceive on a couple of attempts. She hung in there for us. I was in the hospital for the births and it was the most amazing experience. Having kids has shown me that there is something more important in life than acting.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on his own writing)
      In my own defense, I wrote a one-man show, and that to me was more where I fit.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on his other pursuits)
      I've written a couple screenplays and half-finished plays.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on the added benefits of acting)
      I'm just an actor, but if the extra part of it is that I'm helping people or people are being helped by the virtue of what we're doing, then that's just a really nice added extra.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on vacation places)
      I'd have to say Bali's my favorite place that I've visited.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on what he think 'SVU' brings to people)
      I think we present extreme aspects of human behavior and hopefully get at times, messages across or bring issues to the table or as we so often say, shed light into the dark crevices of human nature.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on the difference between himself and Stabler)
      I think I'm a little more liberal, and I don't have as many children. I'm also not as pressurized as Stabler is.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on the Ocars)
      I think Chris Rock at the Oscars was a great example. I thought that was intellectually hilarious. The Gap starts a war with Banana Republic... That to me was funny.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on taking the role as Elliot Stabler)
      I entered it already with a jaded eye towards the world. I do look at the news and all of that sort of stuff - - always keeping my eyes open for stories.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on being 'the good guy')
      I don't walk around with a halo above my head or any kind of sainthood. But there is a power - a beautiful, a wonderful byproduct.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on 'SVU')
      I didn't get into acting to be a public service announcer or an advocate and yet, by virtue of this show and how we handle the subject matter that we've been given, that's kind of how it's evolved in certain ways.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on work issues)
      How that works is our first season was the year we had a threatened writers' strike, so what we did was that instead of doing 22 episodes, we did 30. We put 10 in the bank.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on opportuntity)
      But you just don't turn your back on Arthur Miller and an opportunity like this. It's going to be painful - a huge challenge for me.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on acting and thankfulness)
      But when you're a working actor - and that's what you keep saying in your head, how blessed you are to have a job - and you are working with heavyweights, working with the best guys in TV, it's pretty cool. Exhausting, but cool.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on life)
      All aspects of life that I look around, I'm very thankful to be standing where I am.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on New York)
      A city like New York has clashing cultures and clashing ideas and big ideas, but these sorts of things weren't being thrown in the air and bandied about where I came from.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on having fun )
      You can be childlike without being childish. A child always wants to have fun. Ask yourself, "Am I having fun?"

    • Christopher Meloni: (on life)
      If you try hard enough, you can bend the spoon; you can shift reality.

    • Christopher Meloni: (on co-star Mariska Hargitay's 2006 Emmy win):
      That's my girl. She's busy breastfeeding now, so she's also glad she got a chance to show off her new breasts!

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • The Grass is not always greener!

    7.0
    Ever notice for the most part that great tv actors like Meloni who leave a stable show to do you never see them again! I hope thiis is not the case with ol SVU just is NOT the same without him. He n Mariska had trememdous chemistry. Not the same with her and Danny P. (Although Pino too was great in Cold Case! ) Some actors just make great I wish him the best and i hope he made a wise career move! Quite a loss for SVU though!moreless
  • I do wish he would return to law and order

    10
    He is a GREAT ACTOR I wish he would return to law and order or have another series on .
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