Taylor Swift Makes TIME's List of 100 Most Influential People; Receives Praise from Mariska Hargitay

ABC/Lou RoccoFrom her mega-musical success to her unflagging generosity towards fans, it’s no wonder Taylor Swift made TIME magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People of 2015.

Mariska Hargitay agrees. The actress penned an essay about Taylor for the magazine, describing the singer’s vast influence and appeal. And it seems only fitting, since Taylor named her cat Olivia Benson, after Mariska’s character on Law & Order: SVU.

“I’m amazed at how much earned wisdom Taylor threads into her work,” the actress writes. “She seems tuned in to the greater good, and she embraces — thoughtfully and authentically — the chance to contribute to the world.”

Mariska adds, “I’m always trying to find the best words to talk to my kids (and myself) about growing up, but you can’t top her beautifully articulated advice. The haters are gonna hate, but, well, shake it off. She illuminates our inner music that lets us dance to our own beat.”

Hargitay concludes by saying that she believes the best is yet to come from Taylor. “Along with her staggering list of accomplishments, perhaps the most exciting thing about Taylor is that she’s just getting started with what she plans to mine from her fierce, curious, boundlessly talented and beautiful heart,” Mariska writes. “Also, it doesn’t hurt that she named her cat after me.”

Taylor, in turn, wrote an essay for the magazine about one of its other most influential people: cooking show host Ina Garten. “She shows us how to create memories that we’ll treasure for years to come,” Taylor writes of Ina. “For that, we will always cherish the merry and magnificent Ina Garten.”



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