Meet Amaya Josephine Hermann, One of Mariska Hargitay’s Daughter

Amaya Josephine Hermann is the daughter of Mariska Hargitay. Born in 2011, Amaya, who is 13 years old, is not Marissa’s biological child but was adopted from Africa. Her adoptive father is Peter Hermann, an actor, producer, and writer.

Nothing has been said about the young lady’s biological parents, and it is not known whether Mariska and Hermann keep in touch with them. At her current age, Amaya is still in school, but the details are not known. The youngster is growing up in her parents’ Californian home alongside two siblings – August Miklos Friedrich Hermann and Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann. Andrew was also adopted like Amaya.

Summary of Amaya Josephine Hermann’s Biography

  • Full Name: Amaya Josephine Hermann
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of Birth: 2011
  • Amaya Josephine Hermann’s Age: 13 years old
  • Ethnicity: African-American
  • Nationality: American
  • Religion: Christianity
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Amaya Josephine Hermann’s Parents: Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann
  • Siblings: Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann and August Miklos Friedrich Hermann
  • Famous For: Being the adopted daughter of actress Mariska Hargitay and actor, Peter Hermann

How Old is Amaya Josephine Hermann?

Amaya Josephine Hermann is currently 13 as her year of birth is captured as 2011. However, her exact birthday and month are not known. Interesting to note that the youngster’s first and middle names are practically the same – Amaya is a version of the Proto-Basque word, Amaia meaning “The End,” while ‘Josephine also means the same thing: it is an English version of the moniker in French.

Exactly where Amaya was born has remained elusive to date, and the major reason for this is that she is being raised by her adoptive parents Mariska Hargitay and her husband, Peter Hermann. However, it is common knowledge that she has her roots in the Black continent of Africa, but she is listed as a citizen of the United States after adoption. Peter and Mariska adopted Amaya shortly after she was born on the 7th of April 2011.

Talking to People about her reasons for opting for adoption, Mariska said it is something that has always been on the table for her and Peter, and they have always considered going for interracial adoption. This only means that being opportune to get Amaya was like an answered prayer for the duo.

Describing how she lost her biological mum at a very young age, Mariska recounted the childhood memories she shared with her half-siblings after her dad’s remarriage. It was at that point that she concluded that families can be created in different ways and must not always be about biology.

Nothing has been said about the little girl’s biological parents, but it goes without saying that they are both of African background.

Amaya’s current age indicates that she is at the level of acquiring her early academic qualifications, though the details are not known.

Amaya’s father is a Multi-talented Entertainer

As earlier mentioned, Amaya Josephine Hermann’s father is Peter Hermann, a multi-talented entertainer who works in the movie industry as an actor, movie producer, writer, and more.

Born in New York City on August 15th, 1967, Peter is an alum of Yale University. Before he ventured into the acting world, Peter first worked as a teacher tutoring elementary school students. He then scored a plethora of cameos in soap operas. Hermann also recorded appearances in several TV ads, including anti-tobacco “Fair Enough.”

Today, he is best known for the roles he played in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Trevor Langan and Younger as Charles Brooks.

Amaya Josephine Hermann’s adoptive dad has appeared in other notable production, including Guiding Light, Sex and the City, All my children, A Gifted Man, Hope, and Faith, Bored to Death, and Beautiful People. He was also part of the casts of The Good Wife, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Treatment, Chinese Puzzle, Too Big to Fail, Duane Incarnate, United 93, Swim Fan, and so on.

Amaya Josephine Hermann’s Adoptive Mother is also a Big Name in the Movies

Amaya Josephine Hermann’s mother also works in the entertainment industry like her husband. She is a prolific actress, movie producer, and director.

Mariska Magdolna Hargitay, as her given name says, was born on the 23rd of January 1964, and her birth occurred in Santa Monica, California, in the United States. She went to the School of Theater, Film, and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles, but drooped out before graduation. A polyglot, Hargitay speaks English, Hungarian, French, Italian, and Spanish.

She was a beauty pageant before gracing the screen as an actress in the 1985 movie, Ghoulies. This was followed by a main role in Downtown, the 1986 drama series. Many roles later, Mariska scored her big break on the set of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and later did a reprisal in Law & Order: Organized Crime. Her other productions include Falcon Crest, Seinfeld, Welcome to 18, Strawberry Road, The Perfect Weapon, Baywatc, Perfume, and more.

How Many Siblings Does Amaya Josephine Hermann Have?

Amaya Josephine Hermann
Amaya, her adoptive parents, and two brothers – image source

Amaya Josephine Hermann is growing up alongside two siblings. Her parents have just one biological child, August Miklos Friedrich Hermann, who was born on the 28th of June 2006. Fans of the Hollywood power couple have often asked why they chose to call their son August, and it later came to the fore that Hermann’s family has had the name among them for over 200 years.

The youngster was called Miklos after his maternal grandfather, and the name Friedrich came from his paternal great-grandfather. Hargitay said she had a difficult birth, and the doctors had to resort to a caesarian section to bring him out.

August is now 17 and is undergoing the process of acquiring his basic academic qualifications.

Amaya’s second brother is Andrew Nicholas Hargitay Hermann. According to reports, Andrew was born in 2011, the same year as Amaya Josephine Hermann but in different months. One thing that the two have in common is that they were both adopted. According to the Hollywood couple, their adoption lawyer called them in 2011, informing them that a baby born pre-term was up for adoption, and within two days, they completed the adoption process and brought him home. Hargitay and Hermann decided to call him Andrew after a friend of theirs that passed on the same year.

It is worthy of note that the first names of Herman and Hargitay’s children start with the later “A” The celebrated actress described his brood as a whole happy, chaotic, joyful, and crazy unit, and they love spending quality time together.

Chidiebube has been writing and editing articles on movies, entertainment and other juicy things for several years. When he is not writing, he spends time outdoors, lost in the beauty of nature or simply travelling around the world. Thank goodness he can do the later with any internet-enabled device


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