Exclusive: Morena Baccarin On the ‘V’ Season Finale, Working With Joss Whedon

Fans of ABC’s V will be pulling up to the TV set tonight, as the first season comes to an end it what looks to be an epic season finale. All season long, we’ve gotten the chance to chat with stars of the show such as Scott Wolf, Laura Vandervoort, Logan Huffman, and Joel Gretsch.

Now, we bring you one of the baddies of the show, in fact: the baddest: Morena Baccarin, who plays Anna. Morena is no stranger to science fiction, as she got her first big break working on Joss Whedon’s Firefly as Malcom Reynolds’ (Nathan Fillion) love interest, Inara.

After the jump, check out our interview with Morena where she gives away a few cool things you might see in tonight’s episode, as well as her interest in working with Joss once again on The Avengers.

Of course, be sure to catch the season finale of V tonight at 10/9C on ABC.

The Flickcast: With the first season of V coming to a close tonight, what can we expect going into this epic season finale?

Morena Baccarin: Well, in the last episode, you finally get the meeting between the two moms, so that gets escalated when Elizabeth Michell’s character decides to do something about the fact that I have soldiers brewing.

I invite her up to the ship for a family dinner, and she’s intent on finding out where they are and destroying them.

TF: Were you a fan of the original series when coming onto the rebooted project?

MB: I do remember being really little and watching it with my brother in Brazil, where I was living at the time, and being completely freaked out. I don’t remember any specifics, but I do remember it being really scary. [laughs]

TF: When coming up with the character of Anna, you seem to have a very centered and poised demeanor. Is there any place in particular that you draw for that inspiration?

MB: She’s a very diplomatic figure in the way she comes down to Earth as the leader of her people and tries to be the bridge between the two species. She seemed a lot like a political figure and a diplomat, so I just embodied what that would feel like.

TF: With a show that has as many plot twists and turns as V, are you taken back when you read some of the scripts and see the big reveals?

MB: We definitely don’t really know what’s coming every time a script comes out and they don’t keep us informed of much, so it’s really exciting to get them. I’m always shocked and surprised at the new things that Anna is doing.

I can’t believe how far we can go with this character. It’s really fun, but I get taken back when I read the scripts.

TF: Everybody is waiting with baited breath tonight as the season comes to an end, and I know one question we’re all asking is whether or not we’ll get a full reveal of a V alien. Will that happen in tonight’s episode?

MB: You’re going to see some of one, but you won’t see a full one. I think we’re going to save that for the next coming season. But you definitely get to see Anna behave a certain way that you wouldn’t expect, and you’ll see a few relationships change very drastically.

TF: Being a fan of your work on Firefly alongside Joss Whedon, we’d love to see you return to work with him on The Avengers, has there been any discussion about it?

MB: We haven’t talked about it. We’ve been trading emails and are trying to get together, socially, just to have lunch and hang out. I haven’t seen in in a while, but we haven’t talked about it.

However, I would be interested in doing anything Joss does. I think he’s an amazing guy.

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  • Jeaseol
    February 8, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    nice…only 9,999,457 hits till ieretnnt fame to go…and lulz… i see xin up der in the comments…

  • Jisty
    June 5, 2010 at 9:32 am

    V is a great show but am disappointed that abc canceled flash forward!! It was a great show and i know for sure that they are many people who would love to have SEASON 2 of FLASH FORWARD!

  • Marcelo
    May 21, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Will there be a season 2?? plsssssssssssss

  • Joe blow
    May 20, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    She’s hot, end of discussion.

  • antaeous
    May 20, 2010 at 7:11 am

    I’ve been known to gripe about the downfall of correct grammar, but I’m far from perfect…yet this discussion seems like such a waste of time. I enjoyed the article, and would like to see it discussed. Rob, with all due respect-your eye for detail is incredible- you must have a lot of idle time on your hands.

  • Rob Poole
    May 19, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    @Chris: How can you possibly justify saying that “neither is absolutely correct”? That’s utterly ridiculous. No authority on the English language (on either side of the Atlantic) accepts “baited breath” as the correct version of the phrase.

    It’s from Shakespeare, and “bated” is a contraction of “abated” — a word still very much in current use.

    You can’t just make a claim like yours without citing some authority, sorry. I doubt they teach you to use the phrase “baited breath” in journalism school. In fact, in most reputable journalism programs, and in most publications that care about editorial standards, authors are instructed to hew as closely to standard grammar as possible — to use it prescriptively, as it were, not descriptively. The rule of thumb is to keep using conservative constructions, especially in formal or professional prose, so that the largest number of readers will accept the material. After all, people who speak in dialect will still accept and read something written to formal standards, whereas people who write and speak more formally will generally not accept informal usage or dialect when reading.

    The bottom line is that “baited” is a homophone for “bated,” and the only people who confuse the two are the illiterate and those who are poorly educated. That’s no guarantee that “baited breath” will never become acceptable, but I did a fairly extensive search just now and can find no justification for your claim that “baited breath” is becoming anywhere near as acceptable as “bated breath,” let alone more acceptable.

    I suppose someone could do a LexisNexis search to see how frequently each version of the phrase turns up, but that only would tell you how people currently are using the phrases. It says nothing about the quality of the prose or the skill or knowledge of the author, or even whether the author’s primary language is any version of English.

    Your comment just comes off as an excuse for laziness on the author’s part. Yes, famous authors have made this mistake too (J. K. Rowling apparently did, according to http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/bated-breath.html — this article also mentions that the frequencies are about equal in Google, but again this is not a very good metric of correctness if you believe in having standards for things). But “baited” doesn’t even make sense in the context of talking about breath, whereas (a)bated does.

    Both versions common in journalism? If true (and I’d love to see some actual statistics on this), it shows how sad the state of education is in the English-speaking world.

    • Chris Ullrich
      May 19, 2010 at 8:58 pm

      Rob, you obviously feel much more strongly about this topic than I do. I appreciate your points but I still maintain that if a phrase or word is used more and more frequently it eventually becomes the standard, regardless of its questionable origins.

      For examples of this just look to the Oxford English Dictionary at all the words that used to be considered slang and are now accepted in common usage. Just because Bill S. did something doesn’t make it right. Besides, as you point out, the usage seems to be about equal.

      Thanks for the comment.

  • TJINC
    May 18, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Good interview. Bad spelling. One’s breath is “bated”, not “baited”, as with a worm. Get this right, people.

    • Chris Ullrich
      May 18, 2010 at 7:28 pm

      Actually, both versions are commonly used these days, especially in journalism, so neither is absolutely correct. In fact, the version “bated” may eventually be replaced by “baited” completely. Thanks for the comment.

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