In June, proud cat mother Taylor Swift added another teeny, tiny feline to her growing brood. She named the new kitten Olivia Benson and announced her arrival in the world's most precious Instagram photo. But, what's in a name? In her new Rolling Stone interview, Swift reveals that her cats' monikers are odes to "strong, complex, independent women." Specifically, TV characters.
What do the characters' real-life portrayers think about Swift's feline homages? For the most part, Mariska Hargitay, who plays Detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU, seems to be flattered. It took her a few months to acknowledge the existence of Olivia the cat, but the arrival of a package containing a collar made her take notice.
A fan mistakenly sent the gift, meant for Taylor Swift's cat, to the real Olivia Benson (well, the person who plays the fictional character on TV), and Hargitay had a hilarious response. She posted a photo of herself wearing the collar on Instagram along with the caption, "@taylorswift this came in the mail #WrongAddress #GotThisByCatccident #DontHaveACatniption #Collared #GonnaWearItAnyway #CatsOuttaTheBag #MeowliviaBenson #ScratchThat #PurrrfectName #TaylorMade #3MonthsLater #ALittleLateToThePawty #ThisCollarNeedsACat #PawAndOrder #OliviaBensonPetDetective"
Oh hi, Olivia Benson.