Like many almost-4-year-olds, Morena Baccarin’s son adores superheroes. So when he overheard someone mentioning Gotham to his mother — as in the city where Batman operates — he had some questions.
“You work in Gotham city?” the child asked, eyes wide.
“I guess I do,” she replied.
Gears turned, thoughts processed, pieces clicked into place. His mother, the person who had brought him into the world and cared for him his entire life, suddenly became so much cooler.
For Baccarin, 38, the fictional world is bleeding into the real one more and more these days. A stroll through the streets near her Battery Park home draws double takes from pedestrians — not only do they recognize the actress from her role as Dr. Leslie Thompkins on the Fox show “Gotham,” they also notice the man she’s with: Ben McKenzie, who plays Jim Gordon, her on-again, off-again love interest on the series.
“When they see us together, usually they recognize one of us first, then they look at the other and go, ‘Oh, my God!’” Baccarin says over an omelet at Tribeca’s Odeon Restaurant.
Their characters are currently in a rocky place on “Gotham.” Not so for the real-life couple, who were married this past summer in a ceremony at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
“We’d looked at a few places, but this was just so beautiful,” Baccarin says. “They have this art deco, glass Palm House that overlooks a lily pond.” It also happened to be where McKenzie proposed to Baccarin — on the show, that is.
The newlyweds got to know each other on the set of “Gotham” in 2015. But, as she playfully likes to point out, they actually first bumped into each other in 2006, when Baccarin did a three-episode guest spot on the Fox teen drama “The O.C.,” with McKenzie starring as troubled transplant Ryan Atwood. He, however, has no memory of that initial encounter.
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