From its beginnings as a single show in 1990, the Law & Order franchise has grown to encompass nine different series, with a tenth in the works. Each series has seen a variety of actors come and go, some of whom have had the honor of appearing in multiple Law & Order shows. One such actor is Betty Gilpin, who has starred in GLOW, The Tomorrow War, and Roar, and has appeared in four Law & Order series. In this article, we take a look at Gilpin’s Law & Order journey, from her first role in 2006 to her most recent in 2012, and how her experience of being zipped up in a body bag on Criminal Intent wasn’t quite what she expected.
Gilpin’s first Law & Order role was in 2006, when she appeared as a pedophile with a voice on SVU. She then went on to play a lesbian with pimples on the original series, but it was her role on Criminal Intent that she remembers most. In 2006, she portrayed the dead daughter of the character played by Fran Drescher, and had to spend a lot of time in a body bag. She told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show that, after the scene was filmed, she was left zipped up in the body bag until a production assistant remembered she was still in there.
Fortunately, that experience didn’t stop Gilpin from continuing to appear in Law & Order shows. In 2009, she made her second appearance on Criminal Intent, and in 2012, she was cast in Law & Order: IED. While it’s unlikely she’ll return to the franchise in the near future, she has already made her mark with four Law & Order characters, and is sure to be remembered for her unique experience of being left in a body bag.
Law and order the franchise has been around for so long that it’s no surprise that the actors have played several different characters in different series over the years. That’s not to say that starring in shows like SVU and Criminal Intent is glamorous for performers, and Betty Gilpin, who has starred in projects like GLOW, The Tomorrow War, and most recently Roar, shared a story about how her role on one of the Law and a series of orders resulted in them being left zipped up in a body bag.
Betty Gilpin examines “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and talks about the appearance of “Law & Order” in the universe as a rite of passage for actors in New York. She shared that she actually appeared as several different characters in three L&O shows. The actress reflected on how she played a “pedophile with a voice” on TV’s “SVU” and a “lesbian with pimples” on the original series, but it was on “Criminal Intent” (which ran for ten seasons from 2001 to 2011) that she spent too much. time in a body bag.
in “criminal intent” in 2006, she portrayed the dead daughter of the character played by Fran Drescher, and Betty Gilpin spoke about the experience. Vincent D’Onofrio’s Robert Goren found her “dead body” naked in an oil drum, many years before intimacy coordinators became widely used in the entertainment industry. (In fact, Law & Order used one in 2022 for a key scene.) The actress said:
We shot a scene where they’re zipping up a body bag… on a remote beach. It was my first job and I remember they zipped up a body bag and Vincent D’Onofrio did a dark scene over my body bag and I just had to be there. And then they called to cut. They say, “It’s noon, guys, great day.” And I hear footsteps on the gravel, getting farther and farther away, the van doors closing, and then ten seconds pass. I hear a distant assistant say, “Oh my God!” Footsteps approach me, the zipper is unzipped, sunlight hitting my face. “Let’s get you out of there!”
Well, at least there was one production assistant who was careful to remember that the living woman who played the dead body was still zipped up in the body bag! Fortunately, the unfortunate situation of her first job didn’t stop her from giving up on the acting business…or even the Law & Order franchise, which is now part of the entire nine-show television universe.
After making his franchise debut in 2006, Gilpin played the second character on Criminal Intent in 2009, when he debuted as the third character on the original Law & Order. A few years later, in 2012, she played her fourth character in the TV series Law & Order: IED.
She’s a pretty busy actress right now, so it’s unlikely she’ll be guest-starring in the Law & Order universe again in the near future, but I for one would like to see her at least in a cameo role in Law & Order: Organized crime’ so she could add it. the fourth L&O show and the fifth L&O character on her resume.
It’s not hard to find To Betty Gilpin earlier appearances in the franchise at this point, such as Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, and the original Law & Order are available to stream with a Peacock Premium subscription. You can also find a few more options to watch now and in the not-so-distant future with our 2023 TV premiere schedule.