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Morena Baccarin Biography


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Birth Name: Morena Baccarin
Born: 06/02/1979
Birth Place: Rio de Janeiro, BR


Born June 2, 1979 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Morena Baccarin was the daughter of Italian journalist Fernando Baccarin and Brazilian actress Vera Setta. At the age of seven, she moved with her family to New York City after her father had been transferred to the Brazilian TV network Globo's headquarters located there. Baccarin attended the New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies, where one of her classmates was future "Homeland" co-star Claire Danes. From there, she joined the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art & Performing Arts before entering Julliard. While studying theater at the latter, she was among the subjects profiled for a 2003 episode about the school on "American Masters" (PBS, 1986- ).

Baccarin made her screen debut in "Perfume" (2001), an improvised comedy about the fashion world. From there, she took the lead in the independent feature "Way Off Broadway" (2001) before returning to a more decorative role in "Roger Dodger (2002). During this period, Baccarin kept her hand in the New York theater scene, most notably as Natalie Portman's understudy and co-star in a Central Park production of "The Seagull." In 2002, she relocated to Los Angeles, where producer Joss Whedon provided her with a star-making turn as Inara Serra, a courtesan aboard a spaceship populated by outcasts on "Firefly" (Fox, 2002-03). Though short-lived, the science fiction series attracted a dedicated following, which in turn led to her casting in several genre-related titles.

She reunited with her "Firefly" cast for a supporting turn in "Serenity" (2005), a big-screen adaptation of the Whedon-produced series, before moving on to voice the DC heroine Black Canary on "Justice League Unlimited" (Cartoon Network, 2004-06). The producers of "Stargate SG-1" (Showtime/SyFy, 2001-07) were fans of Baccarin's role on "Firefly" and cast her on their show as Adria, a genetically advanced human bred by the series' chief antagonists, the Ori, to lead an assault against humanity. Numerous TV guest appearances - most trading on her exotic features for romantic storylines - soon followed, as well as a minor turn in "Death in Love" (2008), a psycho-thriller about the complicated lives of a concentration camp survivor (Jacqueline Bisset) and her sons (Lukas Haas and Josh Lucas). She reunited with Lucas for another supporting role in the thriller "Stolen" (2009) before returning to the New York stage for "Our House," a television industry satire at Playwrights Horizon.

That same year, she was cast as Anna, the leader of a seemingly benevolent alien force that arrived on Earth on the rebooted series, "V" (ABC, 2009-2011). Baccarin's face was used extensively in promotions for the series, which followed the plotline of the original 1983 miniseries (NBC) of the same name, with Baccarin secretly leading an invasion force of reptilian humanoids bent on world domination. Though heavily touted, "V" failed to secure a substantial following, and was canceled by the network in 2011. A campaign to revive the series, supported by Baccarin, soon followed. She soon moved to Showtime, where she joined fellow Julliard alum Claire Danes on "Homeland" as the wife of a former Iraq War POW (Damian Lewis) suspected of being a terrorist by an unorthodox CIA officer (Danes). Baccarin played Lewis' wife who, having endured the emotional upheaval of losing her husband in combat, found herself deeply conflicted over his return. For her work on the show, Baccarin received the best reviews of her career to date and a chance to showcase something other than her exotic good looks.

By Paul Gaita