Hargitay Inspired By Bodybuilder Father

LAW + ORDER: SVU star MARISKA HARGITAY used memories of her father to help inspire her to get her body back in shape after having a baby. Hargitay's father MICKEY, a former Mr Universe and champion speed skater, died shortly after she gave birth to her son AUGUST earlier this year (06). Rather than let his death undermine her determination to get back in shape, she used it to motivate her. Hargitay explains, "I came at it with a new energy because of my dad. He would always say things to me like, 'You have to be focused. You have to be determined. You're not a quitter.' "Working out reminds me of him, because it makes me feel strong, and whenever I want to quit, I say, 'My dad didn't quit.' I want to make him proud."


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