Morena Silva de Vaz Setta Baccarin
2 June 1979
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
|Alma mater||Juilliard School (BFA)|
(m. 2011; div. 2016)
Morena Silva de Vaz Setta Baccarin (Portuguese: [mo'ɾenɐ baka'ɾĩ]; born 2 June 1979) is a Brazilian actress known for portraying Inara Serra in the sci-fi series Firefly and its follow-up film Serenity, Vanessa in the superhero comedy franchise Deadpool, Jessica Brody in the Showtime series Homeland, Dr. Leslie "Lee" Thompkins in the Fox series Gotham , and Elena Federova in the NBC series The Endgame . For Homeland, she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2013.
Baccarin was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the daughter of actress Vera Setta and Fernando Baccarin, a journalist. She is of Italian, Portuguese and Lebanese descent. Morena's debut as an actress was at the age of six for a TV special directed by her grand-uncle, who is a theatre director in Brazil. 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 guest-starred in Season 2 Episode 7 of "How I Met Your Mother" as Chloe, which aired on Nov. 6, 2006. 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 Fox show Gotham. She portrayed the character in all five seasons of the show. In 2019, she played a psychologist on the Brazilian TV series Sessão de Terapia (Therapy Session), her first production role in her native country. In 2020, Baccarin co-starred alongside Gerard Butler in the apocalyptic thriller Greenland.
In November 2011, Baccarin married American film producer and director Austin Chick. In October 2013, Baccarin's and Chick's son was born. In July 2015, Chick filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. 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. In March 2016, Baccarin's and McKenzie's daughter was born. On March 18, 2016, Baccarin's and Chick's divorce became official. In November 2016, Baccarin and McKenzie announced their engagement. They were married in Brooklyn, New York, on June 2, 2017, Baccarin's 38th birthday. In March 2021, Baccarin and McKenzie announced the birth of their son.
In January 2019, she wrote an opinion in Newsweek magazine describing her experiences working with the International Rescue Committee on behalf of refugees. She was interviewing refugees from Venezuela during a trip to Colombia. She warned of an evolving situation, which could lead to an increase of refugees asking for asylum in the United States. Baccarin became an advocate for women and girls, inspired by her mother’s work for women’s rights in Brazil.
In 2019, she, together with other artists, lawyers, advocates and refugees, took part in the Flores Exhibits project. She read the sworn testimony of a migrant child held in detention at the U.S.-Mexico Border.
|Way Off Broadway||Rebecca|
|2002||Roger Dodger||Girl in Bar|
|2007||Sands of Oblivion||Prof. Alice Carter|
|2008||Death in Love||Beautiful Woman|
|Stargate: The Ark of Truth||Adria|
|2014||Back in the Day||Lori|
|Son of Batman||Talia al Ghul (voice)|
|2016||Batman: Bad Blood||Talia al Ghul (voice)|
|2019||Framing John DeLorean||Cristina Ferrare|
|Ode to Joy||Francesca|
|To Your Last Death||Gamemaster (voice)|
|2021||The Good House||Rebecca McAllister|
|2022||Last Looks||Lorena Nascimento|
|2002–2003||Firefly||Inara Serra||Main role (Season 1)|
|2003–2004||Still Life||Maggie Jones||Main role (Season 1)|
|2005||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Carmen||Episode: "It's Always Sunny on TV" (unaired pilot)|
|2005–2006||Justice League Unlimited||Dinah Laurel Lance / Black Canary (voice)||Guest role (Seasons 2–3)|
|2006||The O.C.||Maya Griffin||Guest role (Season 3)|
|How I Met Your Mother||Chloe||Episode: "Swarley"|
|Justice||Lisa Cruz||Episode: "Christmas Party"|
|Kitchen Confidential||Gia||Episode: "An Affair to Remember"|
|2006–2007||Stargate SG-1||Adria||Guest role (Season 10)|
|2007||Las Vegas||Sara Samari||Episode: "The Burning Bedouin"|
|Heartland||Nurse Jessica Kivala||Guest role (Season 1)|
|Sands of Oblivion||Alice Carter||Television film|
|2008||Dirt||Claire Leland||Episode: "And the Winner Is"|
|Numb3rs||Lynn Potter||Episode: "Blowback"|
|2009||Medium||Brooke Hoyt||Episode: "All in the Family"|
|2009–2011||V||Anna||Main role (Seasons 1–2)|
|2010||The Deep End||Beth Bancroft||Unaired pilot|
|2011||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Cheetah (voice)||Episode: "Triumvirate of Terror!"|
|Look Again||Allison||Television film|
|2011–2014||The Mentalist||Erica Flynn||Guest role (Seasons 3–4, 7)|
|2011–2013||Homeland||Jessica Brody||Main role (Seasons 1–3)|
|2012–2013||The Good Wife||Isobel Swift||2 episodes|
|2014||Warriors||Tory||Unsold TV pilot|
|The Red Tent||Rachel||Miniseries|
|2014–2021||The Flash||Gideon (voice, uncredited)||Recurring role (Seasons 1–2, 4–8), 29 episodes|
|2015–2019||Gotham||Leslie Thompkins||Recurring role (Season 1) |
Main role (Seasons 2–5)
|2019||A Series of Unfortunate Events||Beatrice Baudelaire||2 episodes|
|Sessão de Terapia||Dr. Sofia Callas||Guest role (Season 4)|
|2020||The Twilight Zone||Michelle Weaver / Phineas Lowell||Episode: "Downtime"|
|2021||Home Invasion||Casie||Main Role (Season 1)|
|2022||The Endgame||Elena Federova||Main Role|
|2017||Destiny 2||Sagira||Curse of Osiris DLC|
|2010||Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actress on Television||V||Nominated|
|Scream Awards||Breakout Performance - Female||Nominated|
|NewNowNext Awards||Brink of Fame: Actor||Nominated|||
|2011||Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actress on Television||Nominated|
|2013||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Homeland||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2016||MTV Movie Awards||Best Female Performance||Deadpool||Nominated|||
|Best Kiss (with Ryan Reynolds)||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actress: Action||Nominated|||
|Imagen Awards||Best Actress - Feature Film||Nominated|||
[Morena and Ben McKenzie] got married on June 2, which also happens to be the Deadpool star's birthday. 'I just got hitched,' the actor revealed, showing off his wedding ring. 'We wanted to get married at the Botanic Gardens in Brooklyn.... When we wanted to book it, which was over a year in advance in our defense, the only date available was my wife's birthday.'
Aos 7 anos, Morena saiu do Rio de Janeiro rumo a Nova York com os irmãos, a mãe, a atriz Vera Setta, e o pai, o jornalista Fernando Baccarin, que havia sido transferido para lá. / At age 7, Morena left Rio de Janeiro for New York with her brothers, mother, actress Vera Setta, and her father, the journalist Fernando Baccarin, who had been transferred there.
Baccarin was born in Brazil to Italian parents.
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The 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement sets a limit on the length of time a child can be detained, requires that they be held in the least restrictive area possible, and guarantees access to basic hygiene supplies, adequate nutrition, and appropriate clothing...These sworn testimonies were submitted as exhibits in a motion for a Temporary Restraining Order filed by the National Center for Youth Law.