|Known for his intense performances, Christopher Meloni has put his unwavering stare to good use, whether it's a comedy ("Wet Hot American Summer") or a drama (HBO's prison series "Oz"). But for the past few years, Meloni's most prominent role has been as Detective Elliot Stabler on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." |
This summer, Meloni plans to spend much-needed time with wife Sherman and their kids, Sophia, 4, and Dante, 14 months. He calls their three-bedroom home on New York's Upper West Side a "cookie-cutter, wannabe pre-war" apartment they bought for "the view, the view, the view. We're 20 stories up and you can see the Hudson River."
One thing on your nightstand: A stack of 20 books. Now I'm reading "Parting the Desert: The Creation of the Suez Canal" by Zachary Karabell.
One thing on a wall in your living room: A prayer rug I got on a trip to Turkey.
Three condiments we would find in your refrigerator: Spicy mustard, apricot jelly and ketchup for the kids.
Three things we would find in your medicine cabinet: Cocaine, but it's prescription -- just kidding! An electric nose-hair clipper that's on the blink, five of the same deodorant because it's the only kind I like and a shaver that's rusting since I don't shave at home [during filming].
Do your dirty dishes go in the sink or dishwasher? Unfortunately, the sink.
Maker of your everyday dinnerware? Are you kidding me?
Maker of your fine china? I don't think we have anything. When we got married, that was one of the things we put on the list of things to get us, and I think we ended up with just one setting.
What is the biggest collection in your home? It's a tossup between family photos and dirty diapers.
What reading material would we find in your bathroom? "Catholicism for Dummies," "The Wine Bible" and one of those everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about books by Bill Bryson.
Most embarrassing thing in your home that you hide when guests come over? My abrasive demeanor.