Morena Baccarin is a Brazilian-born actress who rose to recognition after portraying Inara Serra in the cult sci-fi series Firefly, which she later reprised in the film Serenity. She’s also recognized for portraying Vanessa in the Deadpool films. Her other TV credits include starring parts in shows like Homeland and Gotham.
- Full Name : Morena Silva Baccarin
- Birth Date : 2 June 1979
- BirthPlace : Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Profession : Actor
- Nationality : American / Brazilian
- Zodiac : Gemini
- Height : 1.71 m
- Weight : 57 kg
- Eye Color : Brown
- Hair Color : Black
Life & Career
Morena Baccarin was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 2nd June 1979. Morena moved to New York when she was 7 years old, raised by an actress and a journalist in an Italian household. Her father worked for Globo TV in Greenwich Village, where she grew up. She attended the prestigious Juilliard School after graduating from high school and completed her acting programme in 2020.
Morena began her acting career in films like Perfume and Way Off Broadway, where she played a variety of characters. She also got interested in theatre, working as Natalie Portman’s understudy for a performance of The Seagull while they were rehearsing.
Baccarin’s breakthrough came in year 2002, when she was cast as Inara Serra in Firefly. Despite the fact that the show only lasted one season before being cancelled, it was instrumental in putting her on the map. When the series was converted into a film called Serenity, released in 2005, she repeated her part. Morena started her voice acting career the same year, as Black Canary in Justice League Unlimited.
Baccarin generally landed guest-starring roles in shows like How I Met Your Mother, The OC, and It’s Always Sunny on Philadelphia, throughout the next four years. She was cast as a villain in the science fiction series Stargate SG-1, in year 2006. She subsequently went on to star in the film Stargate The Ark of Truth.
Baccarin returned to theatre in 2009, landing a part in Our House, an Off-Broadway production. She also landed the lead part in the television series V, that year. This sitcom, on the other hand, only lasted two seasons before being terminated. After recovering from the cancellation of V, Morena landed a leading part in Homeland, playing the wife of a POW.
She received significant acclaim for her performance from reviewers. At the 2013 Emmy Awards, she was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She returned to cinematic employment in 2015 with a role in the film Spy. She joined the cast of Deadpool, alongside Ryan Reynolds the following year. She later reprised her role in Deadpool 2, in 2018.
Baccarin first joined the cast of Gotham, in 2015 and played Dr Leslie Thompkins for the following five years, until the show Gotham ended. She booked a part with Gerard Butler in the 2020 film, Greenland, after a brief appearance in a Brazilian TV series which was her first Brazilian production of her whole career.
Over the course of her career, Morena has secured a number of other film, television, and voice parts. Animated films like Son of Batman and Batman Bad Blood, as well as animated shows like The Brave and the Bold, had her prominent voice performances. A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Twilight Zone, The Mentalist, Medium, Numbers, and Heartland, are among her other live-action credits.
Personal Life & Relationships
Morena Baccarin has collaborated with the International Rescue Committee on a variety of projects, the most of which have been dedicated to refugees. Morena is actively seen participating in such activities during the course of her career.
Baccarin tied the knot with producer/director Austin Chick in year 2011. They were living happily together until Chick filed for divorce in year 2015 after having given birth to their son in 2013 while they were married.
Morena then started dating her co-star, Ben McKenzie, before the divorce with Austin was finalized in year 2016. A year later, the couple got engaged and had their first kid. They got married in year 2017 and had a child in 2021, which was their second child.
Morena Baccarin has a net worth of $8 million, which she accumulated through her acting profession. Baccarin was rumored to have sold a property in Los Angeles for $2.1 million in 2018. The mansion is located between the Silver Lake and Echo Park areas, which are home to a number of famous celebrity homes.
Morena also has a property in Brazil as well as an apartment in New York’s Battery Park district. In addition, in year 2008, the actress paid $650k for a second Los Angeles residence.