Mar 20 2015

Morena Baccarin Interview – ‘Gotham’ and ‘Firefly’

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When actress Morena Baccarin chooses a role, she needs to not only like the material, but also be inspired by something in the story and/or the character.

“I try to do good material, things that interest me – at least I thought that way because you never know how things are gonna turn out – but I really try to follow my gut,” explained Baccarin, who lives in Los Angeles with filmmaker Austin Chick (XX/XY), her husband of more than three years.

Baccarin has made her mark in Hollywood by playing strong and nuanced characters, most notably military wife Jessica Brody on Homeland – for which she was nominated for an Emmy – and Inara Serra on the cult sci-fi/Western Firefly and its big-screen sequel Serenity. Other notable roles include Anna on V, Adria on Stargate SG-1, Erica Flynn on The Mentalist, Rachel on The Red Tent, Isobel Swift on The Good Wife, Black Canary on Justice League Unlimited, Cheetah on Batman: The Brave and The Bold, and Talia al Ghul in the straight-to-DVD animated movie Son of Batman.

Currently, she provides the voice of the computer Gideon on The Flash and has a recurring role as Dr. Leslie Thompkins on Gotham, which is a Batman prequel series. It was recently announced Baccarin will be in the Deadpool movie, with Ryan Reynolds reprising the titular role from 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which is slated for a 2016 release.

“Certain characters and certain stories move you, and you feel you can tell a story and you’re inspired by them – those are always the best jobs,” she said.

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Mar 20 2015

Morena Baccarin Looks Back on ‘Homeland’ and Playing Jessica Brody

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Morena Baccarin had guest-starring roles on Stargate-SG1, The Mentalist, The O.C., Las Vegas, and was a regular on the short-lived medical drama Heartland before landing V, a remake of the 1983 mini-series and subsequent short-lived TV series of the same name. On V, Baccarin played Anna, the cold, cunning leader of an alien race of lizard-like humanoids that come to Earth in peace. However, the true intention of the aliens – called the Visitors – is conquering Earth.

When V was cancelled after its second season, Baccarin went to play Jessica Brody – another highlight of her career and arguably her best-known role – on Showtime’s Homeland. Based on the Israeli TV series Hatufim (English translation: Prisoners of War) Jessica is the wife of Nicholas Brody (Damien Lewis), a U.S. Marine who’s been a prisoner of al-Queada for several years.

When he’s released, Brody returns home to Jessica and their two children Dana (Morgan Saylor) and Chris (Jackson Pace), but he’s badly traumatized. During his absence and believing him dead, Jessica finally moved on and began a relationship with Maj. Mike Faber (Diego Klattenhoff), Brody’s best friend. Upon Brody’s return, she breaks up with Mike and tries to make her marriage work again. Further, bipolar CIA operative Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) believes Brody’s been turned. She’s right, but Brody – who’s climbing the political ladder – undermines her credibility at every step.

“I felt that her journey was so fascinating. Here’s this woman who’d given up everything – the military wife. He comes home finally. She’s buried him in many ways and she’d had to put aside herself and the love that she found to put her family back together. And it turns out he’s become completely unavailable and crazy. There’s so much to be played and such a great story to be told,” said Baccarin.

She even spoke candidly about doing nude scenes on Homeland.

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Mar 20 2015

Dead Pool Character Reveal

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Morena Baccarin revealed her Dead Pool character in a tweet: she plays Vanessa, aka Copycat.

Feb 19 2015

Morena Baccarin Nabs Female Lead in ‘Deadpool’

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Homeland star Morena Baccarin has nabbed the female lead in Deadpool, Fox’s action movie based on the Marvel character.

Tim Miller is directing the action-adventure project, which stars Ryan Reynolds as an assassin who undergoes a procedure to cure his cancer that ends up leaving him twisted and scarred but also imbued with superpowers.

T.J. Miller and Gina Carano are already attached to the project, which is eyeing a March shoot and is slated for an early 2016 release.

Baccarin was one of a handful of actresses shortlisted for the role of Reynolds’ character’s love interest. The character grapples with falling for a man with a hideously scarred face.

The film is based on a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Simon Kinberg is producing with Lauren Shuler Donner.

On the film side, Baccarin will appear in Paul Feig’s upcoming action-comedy Spy, opposite Melissa McCarthy. Her previous TV work includes Showtime’s hit Homeland (which garnered her an Emmy nomination) and Fox’s Gotham, on which she currently stars. She’s repped by UTA, Seven Summits and Jackoway Tyerman.

via The Hollywood Reporter.

Feb 13 2015

GOTHAM Exclusive: Morena Baccarin on Dating Jim Gordon

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Morena Baccarin has joined the cast of Gotham this season. Dr. Leslie Thompkins met Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) when he was demoted to guard at Arkham Asylum. After an inmate literally tried to take over the asylum, Leslie has joined the Gotham City police force, and sparks continue to fly with Jim Gordon.

The Gotham cast had a meet and greet snack break for the Television Critics Association and I got some time with Baccarin one on one to talk about her new character and her role in Gotham. Gotham airs Mondays at 8 PM on Fox.

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