Check out our cover girl's road to her thrilling second act.
“Anything great in life costs something huge,” says Hargitay of the adoption path that led to daughter Amaya (right, in Manhattan).
Emilio Pucci wool dress with embroidery,$3,250; pucci.com.h.stern 18k gold rings,$1,500–$3,800; 800-747-8376.
“She had a lot of joy,” says Hargitay of her mother, actress Jayne Mansfield (in Los Angeles with newborn Mariska and Mariska’s bodybuilder dad, Mickey Hargitay).
“We carve out time,” Hargitay says of nurturing her friendships with (from left) Hilary Swank, Kelly Miller and Debra Messing.
In 1994, Mariska was hired for the Power Rangers movie, right. Then she was fired. “They sent me to Australia to film,” she recalls. “It was Christmas, so I went home.”
“As a parent, you’re always reflecting on how you were raised,” says Hargitay, with her mom and half brother Tony in 1966. “What hurt you? What empowered you?”
Want MORE Mariska? Check out our November 2011 cover story.
PLUS, read our EXCLUSIVE chat with Mariska about her newly-adopted son, Andrew.
Don't miss out on MORE great features like this one. Click here to sign up for our weekly newsletter!
Our 10 Best Entertainment Picks for April and May
5 Female Execs Share Their Best "Command a Room" Tips
5 Thrillers Not to Read After Dark
What to Wear in Your 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s
How to Speak Through Your Body Language
Spring's Must-Have Shoe Styles
What to Wear in Your 40s
What to Wear in Your 60s
What to Wear in Your 30s
What to Wear in Your 50s
Best Natural Anti-Aging Beauty Products
The Best Spring Sunglasses Under $100
6 Handbags We Love for Spring
Five Ways Not to Start a Presentation
5 Products for Stellar Strands
Notable, Quotable and Just Plain Funny! March 2014 Edition
Can't-Miss Spring Books
Our Favorite New Hair Products
8 Must-Haves for Aging Hair
Spring's Most Flattering Trend: Pinky Nude