Ice-T and Mariska Hargitay have a friendship that appears to be as enduring as any celebrity’s presence on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
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During a ceremony on Friday, Ice-T, the 65-year-old music icon and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit actor, was awarded his very own star on the Walk of Fame, surrounded by friends and family. Hargitay, along with Ice-T’s wife Coco Austin and their 7-year-old daughter Chanel, also attended the event. Other notable guests included Ice Cube, Chuck D, and Dick Wolf.
“The reason that you have fame in my heart is because you are the OG of friendship,” Hargitay, 59, told Ice-T (Tracy Marrow) during her speech. “You are my real deal, my true blue, authentic, unshakable friend, and I cannot tell you what that means to me.”
“As simple and as deep and as glorious as that is, and I know that you know in your heart and in your marrow how full the word ‘friend’ is when I say it to you, but I’m going to explain it anyway. You have been such a joy in my life,” the actress continued. “You are the embodiment of loyalty. You tell the truth. You keep it real.”
Ice T Receives Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
Shit just popped off..Thanks for all the LOVE. And let’s not forget…… pic.twitter.com/LwL6XGnHXn— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) February 17, 2023
Hargitay opened up about her years spent with her friend and co-star, as well as his grateful outlook on life. As she explained, in her 22 years by Ice-T’s side, Hargitay hasn’t heard him complain.
“My dear, dear, sweet, wise, brave, unique, fierce, beautiful, precious Ice-T, welcome to this sacred space,” she stated. “My mom and I are happy to have you here.”
Ice-T sported a pair of sunglasses during his speech, where he explained that they weren’t just a fashion statement. The sunglasses served as a way for him to hide any tears that might come when Hargitay, Wolf, and Chuck D delivered their heartfelt speeches about him.
“I never thought I would get a star — really? I mean, the way my life was going, it was what can we come up in Hollywood and steal,” he stated. “We were really out here causing real problems. And this was just out of the question. Show business was just out of the question.”
During his speech, the rapper and actor reminisced about his early days in hip-hop and his later role in Mario Van Peebles’ 1991 film New Jack City. He went on to express his gratitude to his friends who have been a part of his journey and supported him throughout his career, which has now led him to his longstanding role in Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.
“Last but not least, I want to thank the motherf—— haters, because you really make me get up in the morning and be the best that I can be,” he stated. “All the naysayers, all the people that wanted to end my career, now I’m on the Walk of Fame b—- ass motherf——, and that’s the motivation! You’ve got to let the haters motivate you.”
“If it wasn’t for the haters, I definitely wouldn’t have pulled this off, I swear to God,” he went on. “I’m gonna give you so much more to hate in the future.”