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Unlike some celebrity children, Mariska Hargitay’s brood has had a relatively normal upbringing, far away from the limelight and the tabloids. While most teens plaster the details of their lives all over social media, August Miklos Friedrich has kept much of his personal life under wraps. When he was younger, he would often accompany his mom to the New York City set of “Law & Order: SVU.” Then, as he grew up, the actor did her best to provide him with an everyday childhood and told Momtastic in 2010 that she wished she could be a ‘regular’ mom who attended parent-teacher meetings and was more involved in her son’s daily activities. “I get jealous that other people get to take August to school and pick him up,” she shared, noting how work often kept her from being able to do so.
While we don’t know much more about August, his mom did reveal he’s an avid swimmer and, in 2023, she confirmed he’s already faced a major struggle despite his young age. When Hargitay and her family attended the Stuttering Association for the Young (SAY) Benefit Gala, Hargitay revealed that her eldest stutters. Praising SAY and its community of experts and peers, August told People, “I think that being in a place where you’re surrounded by the people who are dealing with the same thing you are is super special.”