Morena Baccarin (born June 2, 1979) is a Brazilian American film and television actress best known for roles in several American science fiction television series: as Inara Serra in the series Firefly and the follow-up film Serenity; as Adria in the series Stargate SG-1 and the follow-up film Stargate: The Ark of Truth; and as Anna in the 2009 version of the series V. She currently co-stars as Jessica Brody in the Showtime series Homeland.
Morena Baccarin was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her mother is Brazilian stage and TV actress Vera Setta, and her father is Fernando Baccarin, a Brazilian journalist of Italian descent.
When she was 7, Baccarin moved with her family to Greenwich Village, New York, as her father was transferred to Globo TV’s headquarters in the United States, working as editor.
Morena Baccarin attended Public School 41 and 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 before she entered the theater program at the Juilliard School, where she was in the Drama Division’s Group 29 (1996–2000).