Who Is Morena Baccarin? Everything About Ben Mckenzie’s Wife

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Actress Morena Baccarin gained worldwide recognition following her iconic role of Vanessa Carlysle in smash-hit movies Deadpool and Deadpool 2. Moreover, she even got a nomination for Primetime Emmy Award for her role in the Showtime series Homeland.

Moving towards her private life, Morena has been married twice. The actress is currently in a blissful marital relationship with her actor husband Ben McKenzie. How many children does Baccarin share with her husband?

Let’s find out and also know about her family and other unexplored facts!

Who are Morena Baccarin’s Parents?

Morena is the daughter of Vera Setta and Fernando Baccarin. She was born on 2nd June 1979, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her mother is a Brazilian actress and theatrical producer. While, her father Fernando worked as an editor of Globo TV, a Brazilian free-to-air television network.

After her dad’s transfer to the network’s headquarters in Greenwich Village, New York, Morena also moved with her family to the big city at the age of seven.

The Homeland star holds dual citizenship Brazilian and American. Talking about her ethnicity, she is of Italian descent.

How Many Siblings Does Morena Baccarin Have?

Baccarin has a brother named Tauã Baccarin. He attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia HS and later studied art studio at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He currently serves as a director at a digital agency CANVAS United.

Morena Baccarin has a brother.
Morena Baccarin with her mother and brother.
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Taua lives in New York at present.


The actress attended Public School 41. She later went on to study at New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies. She was a classmate with her future Homeland co-star Claire Danes at the secondary school.

Furthermore, Morena graduated from the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. She then embarked on the theater program at the Juilliard School. Apparently, the hoping entertainer became part of the Drama Division’s Group 29.

Morena Baccarin Married Ben McKenzie On Her 38th Birthday

The couple tied the knot on 2nd June 2017, on the occasion of Morena’s 38th birthday. Their small intimate wedding ceremony was held at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens in Brooklyn, New York. The two exchanged vows in front of their family members and close friends.

Ben McKenzie and his wife Morena Baccarin.
Morena Baccarin and her husband Ben McKenzie are married for years.
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Ben opened up to Us Weekly about why the actor married Baccarin on her birthday. He said,

“We wanted to get married at the Botanic Gardens in Brooklyn, which was beautiful. When we wanted to book it, which was over a year in advance in our defense, the only date available was my wife’s birthday.”

How did Morena Baccarin meet Ben Mckenzie?

In mid-2020, Morena disclosed on PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing that she first came across her future-husband Ben while they both were on the drama TV series The O.C in 2006.

She told the tabloid their romance didn’t begin at that time and it actually happened after their second meeting on the Fox series Gotham in 2014 also starring Cameron Monaghan. In the series, Baccarin played Leslie Thompkins while Ben portrayed James Gordon on the project.

Their Engagement

On 28th November 2016, Morena and Ben revealed they got engaged. While attending the 2016 Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City with McKenzie, Baccarin showcased her new diamond engagement ring.

An insider told Us Weekly, “They are very happily engaged.”

Morena Baccarin is the mother of two kids

The actress shares two children with her hubby. They welcomed their first child, a daughter named, Frances Laiz Setta Schenkkan, on 2nd March 2016.

Morena Baccarin has a baby girl with hubby Ben.
The couple has a daughter Frances.
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Upon welcoming their first child, a representative for the duo said,

“Morena and Ben are so happy to welcome baby girl Frances Laiz Setta Schenkkan on March 2. All are happy and healthy and appreciate the well-wishes.”

In October 2016, Morena Baccarin’s husband Ben also revealed the meaning behind their daughter’s name during Harry Connick Jr.’s daytime talk show.

He explained, “Her name is Frances, after my mother. I love that name. We call her Frankie. She’s 7 months old, and the cutest thing in the world.”

Furthermore, McKenzie told People that he wanted to be a father for a long time. He said, “[Being a father] is something I’ve wanted for a long time. I’m excited about all of it, poop, diapers and everything.”

The two initially announced their pregnancy in September 2015. And in March 2021, the duo became parents for the second time when their son Arthur was born. Thye both shared the same photo of their new bundle of joy on their social media. Baccarin wrote in the caption,

“2021 is looking up. Welcome to the world Arthur. Trust us, you haven’t missed much yet.” While her spouse McKenzie wrote,

“Welcome to the world, Arthur. Gotta say, your timing is impeccable. ❤️”

Morena Baccarin was previously married to Austin Chick

In the past, Morena tied the knot with Austin on 18th November 2011. They welcomed their first child, a son, Julius Chick on October 22, 2013. She was nine months pregnant with their child while filming the third season of Homeland.

Morena Baccarin previously married Julius.
Morena Baccarin’s husband Julius Chick.

However, their marriage didn’t sustain for a long time. And they separated after around five-year of marriage on 11th June 2015.

The actress filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. At the time of their break-up, the actress was already pregnant with her then-boyfriend Ben’s baby.

Morena and Her Ex-Spouse Austin Share Joint Custody of Their Son

Following their divorce, a Los Angeles judge granted joint custody of their son in September 2015. However, the little boy will live primarily with his mother.

In Jan 2018, Morena was ordered to pay her ex-hubby $5,000 a month in spousal support until 31st Dec 2018 and $2,693 each month in child support until their son Julius reaches 18.

The pair agreed on sharing a part of Baccarin’s residuals from her projects like Deadpool (2015), Gotham (season 1), Malevolent (2105), and The Good Wife (2012-13). In addition, she will also pay $406,000 to her husband.

Moreover, while Chick kept their New York home as well, Baccarin kept their Brazil apartment and Los Angeles property. A 2001 Lexus IS 300 also remained with her.

Morena Baccarin Movies and TV Shows

The actress began her acting career with a role in the 2001 movie Perfume. In the following year, she also landed a TV role, playing Inara Serra in Firefly. Her other successful small-screen projects include Justice League Unlimited, V, The Mentalist, and The Good Wife as well.


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Morena also has worked in a number of hit movies such as Deadpool, Deadpool 2,  and Greenland.

Her Net Worth

Morena Baccarin’s net worth stands at $8 million as of 2022. Besides, her soulmate Ben has a $13 million net worth. The major source of their income is their acting career.


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