Morena Baccarin: V’s Evil Alien Queen
In Pasadena, Ca. we hung out at a party where we found beautiful Morena Baccarin. If you watched the series “Firefly”, you know her as “courtesan” Inara Serra. Now, the dark-haired beauty with the pixie cut plays scary and sexy Anna, ruler of the invading Visitor race on ABC’s “V”. On the surface, the Visitors are kindly but under their “skins”, they are lizard-like and very much a horrible threat to Mankind.
This new season, original 1980’s evil “V” commander Diana played by the still stunning Jane Badler, returns as Anna’s mom. We had to know about their relationship, the addition of original “V” star Marc Singer to the cast, Morena’s continuing encounters with fans of “Firefly” and we asked if she is trying to put a little “humanity” into Anna. Picture the actress in a gorgeous black cocktail dress.
TeenTelevision: How has it been to work with Jane Badler as Anna’s mom?
Morena: She’s really awesome. We went out a few times in Vancouver together. She’s really sweet. We had dinner and hung out. I met her husband, who’s really awesome. It’s been fun to have her around.
TeenTelevision: How much more intense will their relationship get this season?
Morena: It gets pretty intense. Even lizards get annoyed by their moms. She does a really good job of pushing my buttons. We have an intense relationship and it gets pretty fueled up. At the end, in the season finale, they really go head-to-head.
TeenTelevision: When did you know that she would be playing your mother?
Morena: I had been told that they were looking for somebody, right before we started shooting last year. And then, we found out that she was one of the top contenders.
TeenTelevision: Had you seen her in the role of Diana on the original TV show?
Morena: Of course. Who can forget? She gave me goosebumps growing up. I think I spent many sleepless nights because of her.
TeenTelevision: Your character Anna has a bit more of an emotional side this season. How do you find that balance?
Morena: I’m trying. I think it’s important to humanize her because that is the interesting struggle for this character; to have her not be human, but struggling with human things. Just like any creature coming into a new environment, you have all these outside forces that influence you.
TeenTelevision: Who would you love to see as a guest star on the show?
Morena: A lot of us on the show are obsessed with “Modern Family” and we think there should be a switch. The whole family can come aboard the mothership, and then maybe we can come over for dinner or something.
TeenTelevision: That would be hilarious. Is there anything you can hint at, as far as what’s coming up on the show?
Morena: Marc Singer [original 1980’s “V” star] is going to be on the show in the season finale, so that’s really fun. It’s a great reveal.
TeenTelevision: Are his pants going to be as tight as they were in the ‘80’s? That was legendary at the time.
Morena: [laughs] I hope so! He’s playing one of the leaders of a different branch of the Fifth Column [resistance]. I won’t reveal exactly what it is, but it’s a much bigger Fifth Column than exists right now.
TeenTelevision: Will you have any scenes with him?
Morena: I don’t have any scenes with him, no. Not yet.
TeenTelevision: Is it something that will continue to Season 3, if there is one?
Morena: Yes, definitely. He would be on the show. He’s essentially joining the show, if we get another season.
TeenTelevision: How will the relationship between Anna and her daughter Lisa continue to develop?
Morena: We have an interesting dynamic. She’s actually becoming a little more human and going more towards Erica’s (Elizabeth Mitchell) section [of the resistance] than mine. I’m still breeding her to be Queen and wanting her to have that hardness that I have, but I start to see that she maybe doesn’t have that in her.
This hybrid baby plays a big role, as something that gets between our relationship, because I start to develop feelings for this little baby.
TeenTelevision: What was your reaction the first time you saw the effects that they did with your character, especially when her mouth really grows and she has scary teeth?
Morena: It is totally bizarre. I’m so glad that I rely on amazing people to make me look like that ‘cause it could go terribly wrong. But, it’s weird. It’s awkward shooting it. You have to pretend that you’re doing it, and then you’re not really doing it. But then I saw it and I think they did such a phenomenal job with that. It’s so weird.
TeenTelevision: Are you able to give a lot of input into your character?
Morena: Not as much as I would like to. I have some ideas and I would like to get them pushed through, but there’s a network and studios and a lot of people to okay anything. I definitely get stuff out there and talk with the writers and producers. Scott Rosenbaum is really sweet and will listen to whatever I say. It’s been fun to create this character.
TeenTelevision: Do people still ask you about “Firefly” and your work on that show?
Morena: They do, all the time. People come up to me and say, “I love V, but by the way, I’m a big “Firefly” fan.” It’s always what they say.
TeenTelevision: Do you ever talk to Joss Whedon about working together again, either on another “Firefly” movie or something else?
Morena: I would say that project is probably dead, but I keep in touch with him. I’m just looking for an opportunity to work with him again. He’s so great.