“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” has had a number of well-known guest stars over the years, and another will be coming in the next episode. On Thursday, Jan. 24, we joined in on a conference call with Nia Vardalos about her upcoming guest spot.
In the “Criminal Hatred” episode of “Law & Order: SVU,” Vardalos plays a defense attorney whom ADA Barba (Raul Esparza) is going to have to contend with in a case involving a man who targets and brutally attacks other men. The promo out for the episode, which you can watch below, offers an overview of the case and a quick glimpse at Vardalos’ character. According to the episode description, her defense attorney is “unpredictable” and “deceptively tough,” and during the call, the actress gave a bit more information about her character. She used the adjective “disheveled” as well, adding, “it was just a person who is absolutely more focused on her work than her appearance” and “the producers and I agreed that I would be kempt, but just sort of nerdy.” She also pointed to the clothes and shoes as helpful to create a “sort of slouchy walk and stuff like that,” sharing, “I love that about the show. That things are never what they seem to be. I think the writing is inspired in that way that you think things are going one way and then they go the other.”
Vardalos teased more than just what to expect from her character’s physical appearance. As we mentioned earlier, she’s described as “a deceptively tough defense attorney,” but she told reporters she felt like this character was also an “ultimate optimist.” Without giving away anything, the actress said, “I think I am well suited to play a defense attorney because I think I am always on the side of a fair trial.” Those parts of the character’s personality are teased a bit in the episode promo. And we can also expect some “pretty intense” moments, especially between Vardalos’ character and ADA Barba, as she previewed that she gets to “come right up against Raul Esparza’s quite condescending character,” which she admitted, “he really played…so well” in “Criminal Hatred” to the point that “in some scenes, he was so sort of abrupt with me that it made me blush.”
“Law & Order: SVU” season 14 airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC. Are you looking forward to seeing Nia Vardalos’ guest spot?
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