For Morena Baccarin, Visitor role is most welcome
Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on November 9, 2009
Morena Baccarin remembers the original “V” miniseries.
“It definitely made an impression on me as a child,” she said. “I remember my brother and I watching it and getting completely freaked out. It was enough to instill fear in me.”
Now Baccarin has a chance to scare another generation of viewers.
The Brazil native stars as Anna, the leader of the Visitors, in the ABC remake of “V”
“Anna is a very complicated character,” Baccarin said in a recent telephone interview from Vancouver, Canada.
“I think she’s a lot like a politician in many ways. She’s ruthless and ambitious. I have to believe that what I’m doing is for the betterment of my people. When I say, ‘We mean no harm,’ I have to believe it. Just like a politician.”
She has found some common ground with her character.
“I relate to her in the little things. I pay attention to the details and am very focused on doing things properly,” she said. “I have to find some redeeming characteristics in her. She cares about her people. I don’t want to play her as completely evil.”
Now filming the series’ fourth episode, the 30-year-old still doesn’t know what the producers have planned for Anna.
“I get the answer, ‘Well, we’ll see’ a lot,” she said.
Baccarin first became known to TV viewers when she played Inara in the TV series “Firefly” and its big-screen sequel “Serenity.” But she doesn’t consider herself a science-fiction actress.
“Luckily, I’ve been able to work in every medium,” she said. “Science fiction used to get a really bad rap and I think that’s really changing. ‘V’ is not necessarily a science-fiction show. It’s more about relationships, drama and everyday stuff, and I think that makes science fiction more accessible to everyone.”