After watching the new sci- fi show V, Guy Davis said “ Take me to your leader”. Mainly because that leader is played by Morena Baccarin.
ship that comes from beyond is a very predatory thing.”
However, the fi rst extra-terrestrial face we see is that of Baccarin’s Anna, who calmly states that her people have come to Earth in the spirit of friendship and discovery.
But even though the “ visitors” off er gifts of advanced technology and “ universal health care” which convert many Earthlings to their cause, some people – such as FBI agent Erica ( Lost’s Elizabeth Mitchell) and disillusioned priest Jack ( Joel Gretsch) – are a little more sceptical … and rightfully so.
Growing up in her native Brazil, the 30-year-old Baccarin watched the original V and remembers being “ petrifi ed” by the sight of its aliens peeling off their human skin to reveal their true reptilian appearance beneath.
“ When I got this part, I went back and watched some scenes and it was as creepy as I remembered!” she said.
And while the new V has its share of unsettling stuff , Baccarin is quick to point out that Anna and her fellow visitors aren’t necessarily fl at-out evil. Well, not to begin with, at least.
“ It’s a very modern version of the show,” she said. “ It’s the same premise but it’s reimagined so all of the characters are updated for today’s world. And Anna is seen as more of a diplomatic fi gure, a little more political. She’s more manipulative, which I think is creepier in this day and age – to be manipulated by somebody that you feel that you can trust. That’s what we’re going for.”
Indeed, the fi rst example when viewers of V might get a feeling that something’s not quite right is when Anna tells, not asks, the journalist interviewing her not to ask any questions that might present the visitors in a negative way. These aliens have not only mastered interstellar travel, they’ve also mastered the art of spin-doctoring.
Fittingly, Baccarin drew inspiration for her portrayal of Anna from the last US presidential election.
“ Anna knows how to get people to trust her, and getting people to trust them is what politicians do best,” she said.
In addition to its political parallels, V also off ers a number of other real-world metaphors, including fundamentalist religion and the threat of terrorism. In this case, it’s both the “ sleeper cells” of the visitors who’ve been living among us for years and an underground movement of humans who must fi ght against the system to combat what they see as a growing threat.
But Baccarin points out that V isn’t going to be a clear-cut case of good guys versus bad guys. Some humans are all too willing to toe the alien line, while some aliens aren’t too pleased about the visitors’ master plan.
“ The great thing about all the characters we’re playing on this show is that they’re so multi-faceted,” she said.
“ So just when you think you’ve got a character fi gured out and you know what line they’re walking, they change course. You’ll see with a lot of characters unexpected qualities that you wouldn’t think they have.”
V isn’t Baccarin’s fi rst science-fi ction show – she played Inara on the short-lived but much-loved Joss Whedon series Firefl y. And she anticipates that her new show will attract a fan base that’s just as devoted.
“ I’ve never met fans as loyal as Firefl y fans – they are so sweet and complimentary and really excited by the show – and I think fans of V will be the same,” she said.
We come in peace: Morena Baccarin helms the extraterrestrial race inhabiting the Earth in
new sci-fi series