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Kelli Giddish (’Law & Order: SVU’), former Cumming resident, enjoys her new home

Kelli Giddish on "Law & Order: SVU." CREDIT: NBC

Kelli Giddish on "Law & Order: SVU." CREDIT: NBC

Former Cumming resident Kelli Giddish hopes the third time is a charm.

She first starred in a short-run Fox show called “Past Life” in early 2010. The drama, shot in Atlanta, featured a group of investigators who use repressed memories of past lives to solve crimes. Only five episodes ever aired.

Giddish quickly nabbed a role starring on NBC’s “Chase,” which debuted in September and aired for 18 episodes. Giddish played Annie Frost, a U.S. Marshal tracking down dangerous criminals in Texas. Ratings were mediocre and NBC didn’t give it a second season.

But NBC liked Giddish. Dick Wolf cast her on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” when Chris Meloni stepped down after 12 seasons. She plays Amanda Rollins, a former detective in Atlanta who moves to the Special Victims Unit as an admirer of Detective Olivia Benson, played by Emmy-winning actress  Mariska Hargitay.

On tonight’s episode, we learn of Det. Rollins’ gambling addiction. A bookie who discovers what she does for a living gets her in  trouble since she owes him $20,000. “He has leverage,” Giddish said in an interview last week.

Giddish said she’s not intimidated joining such a well-established show. “But it’s definitely challenging,” she said. “The crew and cast are family. You definitely feel like the new kid on the block.”

This is her third law-enforcement “job” in a row: “I can’t complain. I act like a little kid. I don’t let my curiosity be dampened in any way.”

The material on “SVU” is frequently dark, mining the “underbelly of society,” as Giddish said. “I’ve had some really strange dreams,” she said, since starting on the show.

While her character is a fan of Det. Benson, Giddish is an equal fan of Hargitay and appreciates Hargitay starting the Joyful Heart Foundation to help victims of sexual assault. “I’ve learned a lot from her in terms of being proactive and turning things on its head. I have a lot of respect for her and her foundation,” Giddish said.

The loss of Meloni has not helped ratings of the show, which has dropped to its lowest to date, averaging around 7 to 8 million viewers.

Will “SVU” get a 14th season? “I’m hoping it gets renewed,” Giddish said. “I don’t see why it wouldn’t.” And given NBC’s relative sorry state, it probably will.

Giddish visits Atlanta when she can. Her family is still here. She hung out over Christmas. “It was wonderful. I got down there and it was 70 degrees!” She said her brother Eli is back in show business as an accountant and is working on the new Fox Kevin Bacon pilot in town.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

20 comments Add your comment

jj

February 15th, 2012
7:07 pm

I liked Chase. And there is not a hotter woman on tv than Kelli Giddish.

Glen47

February 15th, 2012
7:09 pm

Yeah!! I loved Kelli in Chase and was disappointed when it disappeared………..she is a great actress………….love the moxie and spunk in her characters.

jerry gardner

February 15th, 2012
7:09 pm

What is her connection to Atlanta? When did she live here? Did she go to school here? Who are her family here? This article reads like TV Guide.
Keep ‘em coming, Rodney.

Kelli Fan

February 15th, 2012
7:17 pm

Kelli went to Forsyth Central High School and graduated in 1998. Her family still lives in Cumming, I believe her mom still works at the school. She was very in to the arts dept. and won several championships with their one act team there. She is a true talent!!

Fred

February 15th, 2012
7:20 pm

Wow. Really? Who writes this crap? Better yet who watches it so they CAN write this crap. A “crack” detective breaks the law to the extent that she’s 20 grand in the hole in illegal gambling to a bookie yet she’s in an ‘elite” unit.

Good luck to you Cummings lady, but I’d rather watch “Once upon a Time’ with my 9 year old daughter. We have no pretense whatsoever that it is “real.”

yo mama

February 15th, 2012
7:54 pm

HEY FRED!!!!!!! WHO FARTED IN YOUR FACE? You’re fired! stupid analogy, too. are you unemployed?

Larry

February 15th, 2012
7:54 pm

I think Kelli Giddish is fabulous and loved her in Past Life and Chase. I just can’t bring myself to watch the utterly execrable Law and Order though. I wish she would move to a show I can stomach.

aladawg

February 15th, 2012
8:17 pm

Hey yo mama, I am with you on Fred, he probably quit school in the 8th grade.

Amos

February 15th, 2012
8:31 pm

How about say “Native Georgian enjoys her role” instead of Ex-Georgian on the front page link?

Bee Me For a Change

February 15th, 2012
8:41 pm

This is a brilliant article; good stuff! Oh Lord!

George P. Burdell

February 15th, 2012
10:02 pm

That is the kind of crap you get when you have someone with a political economics degree. What a poorly written piece of crap.

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Rodney Ho

February 15th, 2012
10:35 pm

Thanks George. Your kind words are always appreciated.

aldga

February 15th, 2012
10:36 pm

She was also on All My Children for a while. Growth!

Rodney Ho

February 15th, 2012
10:36 pm

Hank

February 16th, 2012
12:05 am

Kelli was great on tonight’s SVU episode. I also liked her Sophia character on Good Wife and I hope that she can do more of that role someday . We are proud of this Georgian !

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J-J

February 16th, 2012
8:44 am

love kelli on the series Chase. very good actress

Bill

February 16th, 2012
9:00 am

“And given NBC’s relative sorry state, it probably will.”

UGH! wow, talk about a back handed compliment.!! The ratings going down have little to do with meloni and more with the fact it has a crappy lead in. BUT it doubles its demo all the time which is WHY it stays on air and is still popular. Gimme a break with ratings slide because of CM. . The show is better then it sbeen in years!

jj

February 16th, 2012
11:57 am

Oh for Pete’s sake, we all know Rodney isn’t a top notch journalist. Who cares? This is a blog not an op-ed piece. All that matters is we’re getting a little insight into a favorite character from a show that some of actually like, who just happens to be a GA native. I for one was not aware that Kelli was from Cummings (so is my brother-in-law, wonder if they knew each other, now how silly is that???). I also happen to be a big fan of Kelli’s. I loved her in Chase and still find myself calling her “Annie”. Her character on SVU is very similar to the one she played on Chase. Which I suspect has a lot to do with Kelli’s own personality shining through.
I do think Rodney should have made it clear that comment about NBC’s sorry state was his (or whomever’s) and not Kelli. Don’t want NBC exec’s thinking she’s biting the hand that feeds her.