Morena Baccarin

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Morena Baccarin
Morena Baccarin @ the Serenity Premiere.jpg
Baccarin in 2005
Born(1979-06-02) June 2, 1979 (age 34)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Austin Chick (2011–present)
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Morena Baccarin
Morena Baccarin @ the Serenity Premiere.jpg
Baccarin in 2005
Born(1979-06-02) June 2, 1979 (age 34)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Austin Chick (2011–present)

Morena Baccarin (Portuguese pronunciation: [moˈɾenɐ ˈbakɐɾĩn]; born June 2, 1979) is a Brazilian American actress. She is best 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, 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).

Early life[edit]

Baccarin was born in Rio de Janeiro.[1] Her mother is actress Vera Setta, and her father is journalist Fernando Baccarin.[2] 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.[3][4] 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.[5][6] 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,[3] where she was in the Drama Division's Group 29 (1996–2000).[7]


Baccarin at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con

Baccarin landed her first film role in the improvised fashion world comedy Perfume (2001). This was followed by a lead role in the film festival hit Way Off Broadway (2001).[8] She served as Natalie Portman's understudy in the acclaimed Central Park production of The Seagull.[1] The science-fiction drama Firefly was Baccarin's first television series,[9] and she reprised her role of Inara Serra 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 Carmen, a male-to-female transsexual.[1] It was announced in April 2006 that Baccarin would be playing the adult version of Adria, a recurring villain 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 as Adria 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.[10] She landed the lead role of Anna, the leader of the alien Visitors, in ABC's 2009–2011 series V,[11] a remake of the 1984 series.[12] 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,[13] for which she won acclaim for her performance as the conflicted wife of a former prisoner of war.[14] On July 18, 2013, she was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the 2013 Primetime Emmy awards for the show.

Personal life[edit]

Baccarin married American film producer and director Austin Chick in November 2011.[15] Baccarin gave birth to her son Julius, the couple's first child, on October 22, 2013.[16]



2001Way Off BroadwayRebecca
2002Roger DodgerGirl in bar
2005SerenityInara Serra
2007Sands of OblivionAliceTelevision film
2008Death in LoveBeautiful woman
2008Stargate: The Ark of TruthAdriaDirect-to-DVD
2009StolenRose Montgomery
2011Look AgainAllisonTelevision film
2014Back in the DayLori


2002–2003FireflyInara Serra14 episodes
2003–2004Still LifeMaggie Jones6 episodes
2005–2006Justice LeagueBlack CanaryVoice
Episodes: "The Cat and the Canary"
"Double Date"
"Grudge Match"
2006O.C., TheThe O.C.Maya GriffinEpisodes: "The Cliffhanger"
"The Heavy Lifting"
"The Road Warrior"
2006Kitchen ConfidentialGiaEpisode: "An Affair to Remember"
2006How I Met Your MotherChloeEpisode: "Swarley"
2006JusticeLisa CruzEpisode: "Christmas Party"
2006–2007Stargate SG-1Adria6 episodes
2007Las VegasSara SamariEpisode: "The Burning Bedouin"
2007HeartlandNurse Jessica Kivala9 episodes
2008DirtClaire LelandEpisode: "And the Winner Is"
2008Numb3rsLynn PotterEpisode: "Blowback"
2009MediumBrooke HoytEpisode: "All in the Family"
2010Deep End, TheThe Deep EndBeth BancroftUnaired pilot
2009–2011VAnna23 episodes
2011Batman: The Brave and the BoldCheetahVoice
Episode: "Triumvirate of Terror"
2011–presentHomelandJessica Brody24 episodes
2011–2012Mentalist, TheThe MentalistErica FlynnEpisodes: "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"
"War of the Roses"
2012–2013The Good WifeIsobel SwiftEpisodes: "Long Way Home"
"The Wheels of Justice"

Awards and nominations[edit]

2001Wine County Film FestivalBest ActressWay Off BroadwayWon
2010Saturn AwardBest Supporting Actress on TelevisionVNominated
2011Saturn AwardBest Supporting Actress on TelevisionVNominated
2013Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesHomelandNominated
2013Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesHomelandNominated


  1. ^ a b c "Morena Baccarin: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ Morena Baccarin | Movies and Biography - Yahoo! Movies
  3. ^ a b Interview with Morena Baccarin. Programa do Jô. Globo TV. April 30, 2010.
  4. ^ Ricco, Flávio. Bastidores da TV. UOL Televisão. April 11, 2010.
  5. ^ "Morena Baccarin Leaving ‘V’ & Her Short Haircut Behind For ‘Homeland’". Access Hollywood. August 4, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair. May 2012. Page 154.
  7. ^ "Alumni News". Juilliard School. September 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. 
  8. ^ Kuhn, Sarah (March 26, 2005). "Morena Baccarin - ’Way Off Broadway’ Movie - Interview". Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ "'Firefly' Alum Morena Baccarin on the Show's 10th Anniversary, Comic-Con and Diversity". July 15, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 
  10. ^ Isherwood, Charles (June 10, 2009). "Snarling, Murderous Reality (Now, That’s Entertainment!)". New York Times. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ Mitovich, Matt (March 9, 2009). "Pilot News: V Catches Firefly Star, and More ABC Castings". TV Guide. Retrieved March 9, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Morena Baccarin V Interview". April 22, 2010. Retrieved August 11, 2010. 
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 31, 2011). "'V' Star Morena Baccarin Joins Showtime Drama Series 'Homeland' As Regular". Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  14. ^ Fretts, Bruce. "Cheers & Jeers". TV Guide. October 17, 2011. page 68
  15. ^ "Homeland star Morena Baccarin expecting her first child with husband Austin Chick", The Daily Mail, 15 May 2013
  16. ^ "Morena Baccarin Welcomes Son Julius". 2013-10-24. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 

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