Born in Brazil and raised in New York City, Morena Baccarin has acting in her blood, as her mother is the well known South American actress Vera Setta. After attending the Fiorello LaGuardia School of Performing Arts, Baccarin was accepted to the prestigious Juilliard School, where she became one of the subjects of the PBS American Masters series on the school.
Baccarin made her television debut with Firefly
. She has appeared in several regional theater productions and was Natalie Portman's understudy in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of The Seagull with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline. Her film credits include the independent features Way Off Broadway and Michael Rymer's improvisational Perfume.