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Hilary Swank's girlie tribute to buddy

entertainment Updated: Dec 05, 2008 20:46 IST

Hilary Swank has paid tribute to best pal Mariska Hargitay in a new magazine exposé on the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star, revealing that the actress has always been there for her highs and lows.

Swank was asked to contribute to a piece on her friend in the new issue of Ladies Home Journal, and she jumped at the chance to sing Hargitay’s praises.

The double Oscar winner says, “Mariska has helped me through life-changing times, but also helped me find the moments of
celebration. “She’s a real girl’s girl. She’s not threatened by strong women and that’s rare in this business.”

Swank admits she stays with Hargitay whenever she’s on location in New York City: “Last time we literally sat in her
closet til 3 am, talking, going through clothes and laughing and she had a 7am call time! She's my family.”

Meanwhile, Hargitay has hinted that she may be leaving top cop show Law & Order: Svu after a decade to spend more time as a mum.

The actress, who started playing Detective Olivia Benson in the long-running TV drama in 1999, admits she’s missing out on family time and is thinking about leaving the show. She tells Ladies Home Journal magazine, “I just want to see my kid.”

Hargitay’s son, August, was born in 2006 and the actress admits she and husband Peter Hermann are "trying" for a second child.