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WELCOME to UNABRIDGED ~ CHRISTOPHER MELONI ONLINE @ christopher-meloni.org, your largest source for all things Chris related on the web. Best known for his long-running role as Detective Elliot Stabler on LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT and for Prisoner #98K514 Christopher Keller on HBO's OZ, Chris's long resume includes playing the starring role on the FOX comedy SURVIVING JACK, recently reprising his role of Gene on the Netflix comedy WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: NEXT DAY OF CAMP, Roman Zimojic on HBO's TRUE BLOOD. Chris also has some impressive films to his credit including WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD, SMALL TIME, MAN OF STEEL, 42 and has also starred in TWELVE MONKEYS, BOUND, THE SOULER OPPOSITE, WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER and two HAROLD & KUMAR films. This site includes an extensive filmography, biography, press section, gallery and much more.
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Chris was interviewed by The Wrap about his various projects including his just renewed series for the CW UNDERGROUND, his film I AM WRATH as well as he again teases a return to LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT as his eponymous role Detective Elliot Stabler. I would love to see him back as Stabler if not for anything but to give the character a proper closure, however, I don’t want it to be what could be considered a caricature of the character. We’ve already seen the show diss his contribution with that ridiculous line at the end of Danny Pino’s run as Amaro when Olivia (Mariska Hargitay) told him he was her best partner. I say bullshit! Pino, or as I call him Vanilla Boy, was only on for four years. Chris’ Stabler was on for twelve years and hardly something to consider trivial, which is what I felt they did with him.

‘Underground’ Star Christopher Meloni Teases Return to ‘Law & Order: SVU’

“I Am Wrath” actor also weighs in on his “Oz” co-star J.K. Simmons joining him in the DCU and working with Marielle Heller

Christopher Meloni is TV royalty thanks to his turn as Det. Elliot Stabler on “Law & Order: SVU,” but these days, he has turned in his badge in favor of WGN America’s drama “Underground,” in which he plays conflicted slave trader August Pullman.

“Underground” is one of two series that could put Meloni in the thick of the Emmy race, along with his comedic turn in Netflix’s “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.” At 55 years old, the veteran actor is gunning for his first Emmy nomination in 10 years, and spoke with TheWrap about his two-tiered campaign in the supporting actor categories on both sides of the genre divide.

In addition to his work on the small screen, Meloni returns to features this weekend alongside John Travolta in Chuck Russell‘s revenge thriller “I Am Wrath,” which sees the actor re-embracing Stabler’s famous temper and going outside the law to deliver justice. It’s a far cry from his work in Marielle Heller‘s “Diary of a Teenage Girl,” which also came up during our brief chat.

Read TheWrap’s interview with Meloni below, and be sure to check out “Underground” on WGN America on Wednesdays, as he’s expected to return for the second season.

TheWrap: “Underground” is the first TV series to really tackle slavery like this, particularly the Underground Railroad. Why do you think it took so long for a story like this to make it onscreen?
Christopher Meloni: I find right now to be the golden age of television. You have so many platforms and outlets starved for real, deep, meaningful storytelling. This show takes advantage of that and lets us investigate our past — not in a dry, historical way, but in a provocative manner.

What’s the hardest part of playing a character who does despicable things for the right reasons?
The truth of the matter is, on a day-to-day basis, we don’t always live in such perfect circumstances. I think we always make choices that are convenient, or feel necessary. If you were brought up during [slavery], maybe you wouldn’t be so proud of your actions. It’s a very human trait placed in a more inflammatory setting, which is slavery. Maybe back then you’d get 20 percent of the population who think slavery is good, but the other 80 percent would think it’s unhealthy and immoral, so it’s kind of an inflammatory place to have a character act out his needs. I didn’t find it that difficult, but for me, I found the mechanisms that made it all too human. People will make a lot of excuses to explain away behavior that many would find odorous or less than good.

What sets “Underground” apart from other shows in this year’s Emmy race?
The writing feels so vital and alive. It’s complicated and complex, as well as truthful and important. Reading it, I had the same feeling I had when I read for the [Jackie Robinson] movie “42.” I thought slavery was an important subject to explore, and I’m very proud to be a part of it. Obviously I’m very biased, but there’s a sense of pride being a part of something that feels important.

Can you even imagine being a slave and having to make your own run for freedom? At what point might you have thrown in the towel?
I’ve thought about that a lot. It’s almost a concept that none of us can connect into. We’re so connected right now. It’s no longer even country-to-country, we’re a global society now. We’re completely globalized and there’s also an immediacy, visually, on our own personal devices. But what if you grew up and all you knew was a hundred-acre patch of land? Unless you were one of the privileged few blacks who were allowed to leave, you have no idea what’s out there, or really any concept of what the world is. And then, to have this feeling inside you where you want this thing called freedom, what does that mean? It’s a dangerous thought to have. So then you escape, but you escape to where? You have no idea what the world is like! I wouldn’t even call it bravery — it’s more this burning sense and desire for freedom that must’ve driven them to a place of madness. It’s a pretty profound thought to me.

You co-star alongside John Travolta in the revenge movie “I Am Wrath.” What do you think audiences find so appealing about those kinds of movies, and how was it working with him?
Your average human would be lying if they said they’ve never daydreamed about some kind of revenge scenario. Everyone has been wronged, whether you were bullied on the playground or something else entirely. Bu we’ve all had our revenge fantasies. That’s in our DNA.

Working with Travolta, you couldn’t find a more gracious guy with his fans. They’d line up outside until we wrapped at 1 or 2 in the morning, just waiting for John, and after a 14-16 hour day he’d walk over to them and sign autographs or take pictures until every person was gone. It’s part of the job, but watching him do it with such good humor was inspiring. It was just a pisser working with him.

Did you relish the opportunity to kick some ass in this movie?
Absolutely. I read the script and appreciated it, because I loved my role. I just think you’d be crazy to pass up a role that has a sense of humor and gives you the chance to do some ass-kicking.

Us “SVU” fans are still seeking closure with regards to your character. Do you think we’ll see Stabler back on the show at some point?
(laughing) I really have no idea how to answer that. From the beginning I’ve said I’d be more than happy to come back for the last six episodes.

Netflix just announced that David Wain and Michael Showalter are getting the gang back together again for “Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later.” Where do you think your character, Gene, would be 10 years later?
He’d be the CEO of some corporation. Maybe a senator?

That’s a far cry from a cook at a Jewish summer camp!
That’s what those people are made of though. Gene is cut from the same cloth as a good CEO or a senator.

You appeared in “Man of Steel,” but you were sorely missed in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Did you see it?
I could’ve told Zack [Snyder] that, but he wouldn’t have listened to me! Nah, I loved working with Zack on “Man of Steel.” I knew there was only a slim chance of coming back, but I was hoping I’d have survived the end of that film.

Your “Oz” co-star J.K. Simmons is joining you in the DC Universe as the new Commissioner Gordon. Do you think he’ll be better than Gary Oldman?
Yeah. I’ve gotta back J.K. Simmons!

You recently co-starred in Marielle Heller‘s indie gem “Diary of a Teenage Girl.” She’s blowing up now, working with J.J. Abrams on a Paramount movie that will star Daisy Ridley, and directing “The Case Against 8,” which tells the true story of California’s same-sex marriage bill. You famously played one of TV’s earliest gay characters on “Oz” — or at least had a gay love affair on the show — so would you work with her again on that film or another one?
Without a moment’s hesitation. She is a bright, unbelievably talented star. I love her, and I thought “Diary” was profound. I wish it had found its way to an Oscar nomination. The subject matter was handled brilliantly, delicately and insightfully. To bring people into a world — 1970s San Francisco — and pull it off on such a low budget? She’s a genius. I’m a big fan.

Speaking of directing, I know you were developing an adaptation of that David Vann novel “Legend of a Suicide” at one point. Are you still pursuing directing?
I let that pass. That was a difficult one to continue to work on. Right now, I’m not actively pursuing the directing thing, but the desire still resides in me.

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August Pullman CHARACTERS CHRISTOPHER MELONI Colonel Hardy Dennis Det. Elliot Stabler FILM Gene I Am Wrath Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Man of Steel Oz Pascal TELEVISION The Diary of a Teenage Girl Underground Wet Hot American Summer


Chris Added To Amy Schumer Film
christopher meloni online    May 11, 2016    0 comments

Chris has been added to the now filming unnamed Amy Schumer film. I’ll keep track of the film and Chris’ role in it. Article to follow.

Amy Schumer’s Fox Action/Comedy Adds Christopher Meloni

EXCLUSIVE: Just one day before the Underground Season 1 final on WGN America, Christopher Meloni has found his next big screen gig. The Law & Order: Special Victims Unit alum, who plays slave hunter August Pullman on Underground, is joining Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn’s still Untitled Mother-Daughter adventure comedy from Fox, I’ve learned.

Meloni will play Roger Simmons in the Jonathan Levine directed and Katie Dippold written pic. The character is a man who is on the search for hidden treasure after having been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The film is based on the Ghostbusters reboot scribe’s relationship with her own mother.

Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping are producing the pic through Chernin Entertainment, and Paul Feig and Jessie Henderson are producing through Feigco Entertainment. Providing additional script work, Schumer and Kimberly Caramele are also EPS along with Dippold while Daria Cercek is overseeing for Twentieth Century Fox.

In addition to joining the Levine helmed film, Meloni is expected to be back for Season 2 of Underground and will be back as a part of Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later in 2017 on Netflix. On the big screen, Meloni will be seen in the May 13 released I Am Wrath with John Travolta and will also be seen in Marauders with Bruce Willis, set to come out later this year.

Meloni is repped by Gersh and Industry Entertainment.

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Happy Birthday Chris
christopher meloni online    April 2, 2016    0 comments

On behalf of UNABRIDGED, I want to wish Chris a happy birthday. Chris turns 55 today and I’m hoping he spends today with Sherman, Dante and Sophia and a ton of friends, good wine (except if he’s flying), a huge cake, and a wonderful day. Take care Chris and here’s to many more.

ca. April 2005 --- Christopher Meloni with his wife Sherman and their children, Sophia and Dante. --- Image by © Erica Berger/Corbis

ca. April 2005 — Christopher Meloni with his wife Sherman and their children, Sophia and Dante. — Image by © Erica Berger/Corbis


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Update Coming
christopher meloni online    March 31, 2016    0 comments

I know I haven’t been up-to-date on Chris’ work on UNDERGROUND and other things, but I’ve been entirely too busy to make any updates. I’m trying to get organized amid other things going on in the private life that have taken my concentration away. And I’m truly sorry for the lack of those updates. I’m working on them. Please be patient.


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Chris Talks Why Stabler & Benson Never Hooked Up
christopher meloni online    March 31, 2016    0 comments

In his recent appearance on INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO with James Lipton, Chris explained why when he was on LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT his character of Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) never hooked up. I’d have to say I agree with him. There should never have been any flirtation with the exception that Neal Baer wanted to give Olivia a family and a love life. I think it would have been such a wrong thing considering too that Elliot was in love with Kathy (Isabel Gillies) and his kids. At no point during the first six and a half seasons did we get any hint of any earnings with Benson, but then Dick Wolf was still fully in charge. When he went off to start his film company he left, bad mistake, Baer in charge who clearly had taken a shining to Benson due to his prior relationship with Hargitay on ER. I’m editorializing I know, but what I said is no less true. Onto what Chris said.

Chris Meloni Explains Why Benson & Stabler Didn’t Hook Up

Rachel and Ross got together. Jim and Pam hooked up and got married. Benson and Stabler…well…never did a damn thing.

Though Chris Meloni no longer stars on Law & Order: SVU, fans are still wondering why he and Mariska Hargitay’s Olivia Benson never used those handcuffs on one another (wink, wink). Sure, Stabler was married, but he and Kathy’s separation would have made an office romance possible (and it did, though unfortunately with a different detective). Benson, meanwhile, had her own dating life and a schedule jam-packed with, you know, kicking ass. Still, couldn’t they have snuck in one little make-out session?

Meloni shed some light on why a hookup never happened during his appearance on Inside the Actors Studio, airing tonight on Bravo.

“I think they [the producers] always knew [a romance] would be the death knell of that relationship,” he said. “I think they needed to keep that line taut and very clear… Keep the tension, never cross it.”

Ugh, fine. We can still ship, though, right?

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Chris Set To Appear on “The Actors Studio” With James Lipton
christopher meloni online    March 17, 2016    0 comments

New press release. Chris is set to appear on THE ACTORS STUDIO with host James Lipton. The show consists of talking with actors and actresses about their careers. This is indeed a good thing for Chris. The show is renown for such luminaries as Gene Hackman, Brad Pitt, Cate Blachett, and many others.

Christopher Meloni Set for Bravo’s INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO

Bravo Media’s Emmy Award-winning “Inside the Actors Studio,” hosted by James Lipton welcomes Christopher Meloni to the stage onThursday, March 31st at 8pm ET/PT. The Emmy-nominated actor reveals the road that led him to his breakout role as psychotic, bisexual serial killer, Chris Keller, in HBO’s “Oz” and how he felt about the character’s demands for an honest portrayal of sexuality. He also discusses his critically-acclaimed 12-season run as Detective Elliot Stabler in NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” including his personal and professional relationship with co-star Mariska Hargitay. Meloni is currently starring in WGN America’s newest series “Underground,” which follows a group of slaves who plan a daring escape from a Georgia plantation.

“Think ‘Oz,’ think ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,’ think ‘Wet Hot American Summer,’ and you’ll have some idea of the variety, scope, startling candor and unbridled hilarity Christopher Meloni brought to our ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ stage,” said Lipton.

Washington, D.C. native Christopher Meloni began his career studying acting at the University of Colorado, Boulder before graduating with a degree in History. He worked in construction and as a bouncer before breaking into acting, studying his craft in New York. His television breakout role was on “NYPD Blue,” which led to being cast on HBO’s gritty landmark series “Oz.”

In 1999, Meloni landed his starring role on the popular and long-running NBC series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” while working simultaneously on “Oz” for four years. He continued on “Law & Order: SVU” for twelve seasons, earning an Emmy nomination for his performance as Detective Elliot Stabler. He then went on to star in several other series such as “True Blood,” “Veep,” and the Netflix series “Wet Hot American Summer,” which is the prequel to the cult film in which he also starred. Meloni’s big screen credits include cult favorites Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Wet Hot American Summer, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, and Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay as well as films including Man of Steel, Twelve Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Runaway Bride and Nights in Rodanthe.

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