Chase star Giddish and Cold Case actor Danny Pino join the cast of the NBC crime drama beginning with tonight's 13th season premiere.
"[The fans are] going to love us because it's not being forced in their faces," the actress told TV Guide. "The more you know about us and the more you see us in your living room, the more you're hopefully going to love us."
However, Giddish admitted that joining the long-running series is a "challenge" and added that she intends to impress viewers by "doing good work".
"If you are dedicated to your job then that shows up in your work," she explained. "And that's what's showing up in the scripts, in terms of character. They're showing us really trying to dig in deep and figure out stuff for ourselves."
SVU star Diane Neal (ADA Casey Novak) previously praised Giddish and Pino, insisting that the revamped show is now "back on track".
"Danny Pino is super hot and he's really good," she said. "And Kelli is fantastic. I didn't know how it was going to work, and it's weird without Chris [Meloni] being there, but it's funny [because] everyone just fits in perfectly."
Law & Order: SVU returns tonight at 10/9c on NBC.
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