“I actually had to leave her bedside, flew and by the time I landed, she had passed," recalled Meloni of his mom's death.
Losing a parent is life-altering and can take a toll on you mentally and physically. When Christopher Meloni lost his mom, he had a few shoulders to lean on to help him cope with the loss.
While in conversation with The Talk co-hosts in 2017, the former Law & Order: SVU actor spoke about how, the day after his mother passed away in 2016, Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer consoled him on the sets of Snatched.
“We were shooting in Hawaii and I did a few of my scenes for a couple weeks there and then they said ‘We’re not going to need you for a while, so you go home.’ So I went back east and unfortunately my mother got ill and so she passed,” Meloni, 61, said on the talk show, according to PEOPLE.
“I actually had to leave her bedside, flew and by the time I landed, she had passed. So no one knew except for the producers and the director and they were all very sweet and kind.”
The next day, Meloni had to work on one more scene with Hawn and Schumer and the trio took a boat up the river to film. While together, they struck up a conversation, shared Meloni.
“Goldie Hawn and I start talking. I say, ‘I just came from D.C. That’s where I was.’ And she was like, ‘D.C.? What were you doing in D.C.?’ She goes, ‘I’m from D.C.’ … and she says, ‘What were you doing in D.C.’ And I didn’t want to be coy about it — and I also didn’t want to make a big deal — but I said, ‘Well, to be honest, my mother passed,’ ” Meloni explained to the 76-year-old actress.
“Oh, she grabs me. … And she hugs me tight. She goes, ‘I know, I know,’ ” Meloni said, about Hawn’s warm embrace. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, what a beautiful —’ I needed that moment, right?”
But when Schumer, 41, found out, she had a more light-hearted approach to it. “And then Amy, she goes ‘Wait, what did you just say?’ I said, ‘Well, my mother passed.’ She goes, ‘Oh, that’s terrible. Hold on one second,’ ” he said with a laugh as he brought his cell phone to his face, imitating what Schumer did when she learned about Meloni's mom's death.
And apparently, Schumer's humor was just the thing that was needed to lighten the mood for everyone.
“I knew she was joking. … How courageous that she — she invited, she needed to diffuse all of that obvious emotion that was filling up the boat,” said Meloni, who added, “And later — this was even cuter — later she goes, ‘You know I was kidding, right?’ ”
Surely, this is a memory Meloni will cherish for the rest of his life!
Cover Image Source: IMDb | Snatched