Morena Baccarin, born June 2, 1979, is a Brazilian-American actress. She’s known for portraying Inara Serra in the Firefly series and the follow-up movie Serenity, Adria in the Stargate SG-1 series and the follow-up movie Stargate: The Ark of Truth, Anna in the 2009 version of the series V, Vanessa in the superhero comedy Deadpool, and Jessica Brody in the Showtime series Homeland. Take a look below for 26 more fun and interesting facts about Morena Baccarin.
1. For her role as Jessica Brody in Homeland, Baccarin received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2013.
2. She plays the role of Dr. Leslie Thompkins in the Fox television series Gotham.
3. Baccarin was born in Rio de Janerio, the daughter of Vera Setta, an actress, and Fernando Baccarin, a journalist.
4. Her name, “Morena,” means “brunette” in Portuguese.
5. When she was seven years old, she moved with her family to Greenwich Village, New York, as her father was transferred to work as an editor at Globo TV’s headquarters.
6. Baccarin attended Public School 41 and New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies, where she and her future Homeland co-star Claire Danes were classmates.
7. She attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts before she entered the theater program at the Julliard School, where she was in the Drama Division’s Group 29.
8. Baccarin landed her first movie role in the improvised fashion world comedy Perfume.
9. After Perfume, Baccarin landed the lead role in Way Off Broadway.
10. She served as Natalie Portman‘s understudy in the Central Park production of The Seagull.
11. The science fiction drama Firefly was Baccarin’s first television series, and she reprised her role of Inara Serra in the 2005 movie Serenity.
12. She is one of four actors from Firefly who voiced superheroes on the Justice League cartoon. She voiced Black Canary, while Adam Baldwin voiced Hal Jordan, Nathan Fillion voiced The Vigilante and Gina Torres voiced Vixen.
13. She was the maid of honor at her Firefly co-star Jewel Staite’s wedding in Maui in 2003.
14. Her mother, Vera Setta, played a character named “Morena” in the movie O Vampiro de Copacabana in 1976, three years before her daughter, Morena, was born.
15. Her actress mother was first to introduce the theatrical show “Os Monologos de Vagina”, or The Vagina Monologues, to Brazil.
16. She appeared in a pilot video for the show that became It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with the 3 show runners and leading cast members when they were all young, struggling actors in Los Angeles. Her scene consisted of her playing a very attractive, pre-operation transsexual who is propositioned by Rob McElhenney’s character. That plot and character, as played by Brittany Daniel, was later re-used in the FX series.
17. She gave birth to her first child at the age of 34, a son named Julius Chick. The child’s father is her first husband, Austin Chick.
18. On June 2, 2017, she married her boyfriend of 2 years Ben McKenzie at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens in Brooklyn, New York on her 38th birthday. They have a 15 month old daughter, Frances, together.
19. She was nine months pregnant with er son Julius when she completed filming the third season of Homeland.
20. She returned to work five months after giving birth to her son Julius to being filming Spy.
21. In May 2009, Baccarin made her Off-Broadway debut in Theresa Rebeck’s television satire Our House at Playwrights Horizons in New York City.
22. Baccarin appeared alongside Melissa McCarthy in the 2015 action comedy movie Spy as agent Karen Walker.
23. In 2016, Baccarin appeared alongside Ryan Reynolds int he hit movie Deadpool as Vanessa Carlysle.
24. In 2015, Baccarin began a leading role as Dr. Leslie Thompkins in the hit Fox show Gotham.
25. She has stated that she would love to be a Bond girl in the next James Bond movie.
26. She has stated that loves a good road trip. “I have been known to sing cheesy ’80s songs at the top of my lungs on a windy road when no one can hear.”