Although she was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Baccarin moved to New York at the age of 10 when her father, the Italian journalist Fernando Baccarin, was transferred there. She attended the LaGuardia High School of Music and Performing Arts and then the Juilliard School.
Staying in New York she, worked in the theater - notably in the Central Park production of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull" where she was also Natalie Portman's understudy - and appeared in several movies.
After making Roger Dodger (2002) she moved to Los Angeles where she came to the attention of Joss Whedon who cast her in his short-lived cult sci-fi show "Firefly" (2002). Since then she has rarely been off our TV screens.
|Austin Chick||(26 November 2011 - present)|
Daughter of Vera Setta.
She attended PS 41 and the New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies, where she and Claire Danes were classmates. She later attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts where after graduating, she entered the theater program at the Julliard School for the Performing Arts. While at Julliard, she was one of the subjects of the PBS series American Masters which focused on the school and the students.
Raised in New York City
One of four actors from "Firefly" (2002) who voiced superheroes on "Justice League" (2001). She voiced "Black Canary" while Adam Baldwin voiced "Hal Jordan, the Silver Age Green Lantern", Nathan Fillion voiced "The Vigilante" and Gina Torres voiced "Vixen".
Was Maid of Honor at her Firefly/Serenity co-star Jewel Staite's wedding in Maui in 2003.
Niece of Ivan Setta.
Daughter of journalist Fernando Baccarin.
Speaks Brazilian Portuguese.
Her actress mother was first to introduce the theatrical show "Os Monólogos da Vagina" (The Vagina Monologues) to Brazil.
Her first name - Morena - means "brunette" in her native Portuguese.
She appeared in a pilot video for the show that became "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (2005) with the 3 show-runners and leading cast members when they were all young, struggling actors in Los Angeles. Her scene consisted of her playing a very attractive, pre-operation transexual who is propositioned by Rob McElhenney's character. That plot and character, as played by Brittany Daniel, was later re-used in the FX series.
Expecting her 1st child with her husband Austin Chick. [May 14, 2013]
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