Law & Order returned to NBC with new episodes for the first time since 2010 back in February, filling out a full three-hour block of hit franchise action on Thursday nights and bringing back television icon Sam Waterston along with some other familiar faces from the original run of the series. Some key new cast members joined Waterston for Season 21 as well, including Odelya Halevi, whose character of Samantha Maroun joined Waterston’s McCoy in the “law” half of Law & Order. The actress recently spoke with CinemaBlend and shared her longtime love of the show as well as what it has been like working with Waterston.
Odelya Halevi plays Assistant District Attorney Samantha Maroun, who is one of the new characters to join the long-running show for its return in the 2021-2022 TV season. Despite this, the actress was already more than a little bit familiar with Law & Order, as she shared:
Not many shows enjoy long enough runs (or return for highly-anticipated revivals) that actors can star in series that they watched as children, but Odelya Halevi was fortunate enough to land the role of Maroun. The character already proved how essential she was to the team by the end of the Season 21 premiere, when it was her closing argument that involved opening up about her past that resulted in justice being served.
Maroun has continued to work her hardest to try and help close cases, which has involved getting creative to find justice, even if she doesn’t always follow the rules as closely as her boss would like. Odelya Halevi’s character works closely alongside Hugh Dancy as Executive ADA Nolan Price (who threatened to fire her after she worked with Anthony Anderson’s Detective Bernard to pull off a plea deal), which has also meant sharing some key scenes with Sam Waterston as DA Jack McCoy.
Waterston is a television icon thanks to his many years as McCoy on Law & Order, so working with him as a longtime fan was a nerve-wracking prospect for Odelya Halevi, but when asked what it has been like working with him, she explained how he helped to calm her nerves early on:
Law & Order isn’t exactly the funniest show on primetime (although not necessarily as dark as Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime have been known to get), but the cast has been able to have fun behind the scenes. The show has also put plenty of effort into guaranteeing accuracy, as proven by the lengths that the prop department went to pull off the recent suitcase twist.
Whether the cases are ripped from the headlines or not, the original series’ revival has proved to be a solid anchor for a full night of L&O action, followed by SVU and then Organized Crime on NBC Thursday nights. The first season still has a little less than a month to go before the finale in May, so be sure to keep tuning in, and check back with CinemaBlend for more from Odelya Halevi. New episodes of Law & Order featuring the actress as ADA Maroun air on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
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