Morena Baccarin is a Brazilian-American actress. She is known for portraying Inara Serra in the series Firefly and the follow-up film Serenity, Adria in the series Stargate SG-1 and the follow-up film Stargate: The Ark of Truth, Anna in the 2009 version of the series V, Vanessa in the superhero comedy film Deadpool and its sequel Deadpool 2, and Jessica Brody in the Showtime series Homeland (for which she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2013). She plays the role of Dr. Leslie Thompkins in the Fox television series Gotham.
Born Name Morena Silva de Vaz Setta Baccarin
Years active 2001–present
Born: June 02, 1979, 39 years and 3 months, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sun Sign Gemini
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Light Brown
Height 5 ft 7½ in or 171 cm
Measurements 34-24-37 in or 86-61-94 cm
Bra Size 32B
Morena went to Public School 41 and then to New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies.
She also attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, before she became a part of the theater program at Juilliard School in Manhattan, New York City in 1996. There, she in the Drama Division’s Group 29 from 1996 to 2000.
Father – Fernando Baccarin (Journalist)
Mother – Vera Setta (Actress)
Siblings – Unknown
Baccarin is a niece of Ivan Setta.
Baccarin was born in Rio de Janeiro, the daughter of Vera Setta, an actress, and Fernando Baccarin, a journalist. She is of Italian descent. Her name, “Morena”, means “brunette” in Portuguese. When she was seven, 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. 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. She later attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts before she entered the theater program at the Juilliard School, where she was in the Drama Division’s Group 29 (1996–2000).
Baccarin landed her first film role in the improvised fashion-world comedy Perfume (2001). This was followed by a lead role in Way Off Broadway (2001).
She served as Natalie Portman’s understudy in the Central Park production of The Seagull. The science-fiction drama Firefly (2002) as Inara Serra was Baccarin’s first television series, and she reprised her role in the 2005 film Serenity.
In February 2005, Baccarin provided the voice for Black Canary in multiple episodes of the animated series Justice League Unlimited. She also guest starred in three episodes of the television series The O.C. in 2006. Baccarin also appeared in the unaired pilot episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, playing a transgender woman Carmen. It was announced in April 2006 that Baccarin would be playing the adult version of recurring villain Adria in the tenth season of Stargate SG-1. She first appeared in season 10 episode “Counterstrike” as adult Adria (the younger versions of Adria were previously played by other actresses). Baccarin reprised her role in the movie Stargate: The Ark of Truth.
In May 2009, Baccarin made her Off-Broadway debut in Theresa Rebeck’s television satire Our House at Playwrights Horizons in New York City. She landed the lead role of Anna, the leader of the alien Visitors, in ABC’s 2009–2011 series V, a remake of the 1984 series. In May 2011, shortly following the airing of the show’s second-season finale, it was announced that the show would not return for a third season. That same month, Baccarin joined the cast of the Showtime television drama Homeland, for which she received praise for her role as the conflicted wife of a former prisoner of war. On July 18, 2013, she was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the 2013 Primetime Emmy awards for her performance.
Baccarin appeared alongside Melissa McCarthy in the 2015 action-comedy Spy as agent Karen Walker. In 2016, Baccarin appeared alongside Ryan Reynolds in the hit movie Deadpool as Vanessa Carlysle. She reprised her role in the 2018 sequel Deadpool 2.
In 2015, Baccarin began a leading role as Dr. Leslie Thompkins in the hit Fox show Gotham.
Baccarin married American film producer and director Austin Chick in November 2011. Their son was born in October 2013. Chick filed for divorce in July 2015, citing irreconcilable differences. On March 18, 2016 Baccarin and Chick’s divorce became official.
In September 2015, Baccarin said that after her divorce was finalized, she planned to marry her Gotham co-star, Ben McKenzie, adding that she was pregnant with their child. The couple have a daughter, born in March 2016. Baccarin and McKenzie announced their engagement in November 2016. They were married in Brooklyn, New York, on June 2, 2017.
Morena is signed with Seven Summits Pictures and Management.
Morena has appeared in a TV commercial for Secret Anti-Perspirant / Deodorant.
Morena has Brazilian and Italian ancestry.
Best Known For
Baccarin is best known for her role as Inara Serra in the TV series Firefly from 2002 to 2003. She is also known for portraying Jessica Brody, the wife of the marine captain Nicholas Brody in the TV series Homeland from 2011 to 2013.
Morena has also appeared in the movies, Roger Dodger (2002), Death in Love (2008), Stolen (2009), Back in the Day (2014), Son of Batman (2014), Spy (2015), to name a few.
Morena’s first movie appearance was in 2001 with the fashion movie Perfume in which, she played the role of Monica.
First TV Show
Baccarin had her first television appearance in the space western science fiction drama television series Firefly from 2002 to 2003, in which she played the character of Inara Serra in a total of 14 episodes.
Morena’s workout routine and diet plan are not known.
Morena Baccarin Favorite Things
Movie – The Bridges of Madison County (1995), The Piano (1993), Double Indemnity (1944), The Labyrinth (1986), The NeverEnding Story (1984)
Song – F— You – Cee Lo Green
Artist – David Bowie
Books – The Great Gatsby
Morena Baccarin Facts
While she was studying in the New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies, she was classmates with the actress Claire Danes. They later appeared in the TV series Homeland from 2011 to 2013.
Baccarin’s first name Morena means “brunette” in Portuguese.
In 2014, she was ranked at #57 on the list of Maxim’s “Hot 100.”
She speaks Brazilian Portuguese.
Morena’s mother, Vera Setta appeared in the movie O Vampiro de Copacabana in 1976, in which, she played the character of Morena.
Morena was raised in New York City.