Details: Give us some spoilers for the new episodes of V.
Morena Baccarin: I can't. We're all wearing these shock collars. If we say too much, they zap us. But [show runner] Scott Rosenbaum has promised a lot of great things, like half-alien–half-human babies and interspecies affairs. And who doesn't want to see a lizard bathing or a lizard kissing a human?
Details: When the show premiered, people called it an allegory for the Obama presidency—a charismatic leader offering universal health care and world peace in exchange for people's devotion.
Morena Baccarin: That wasn't exactly what we were going for, but the show is very relevant and very contemporary, so I'm glad that people are thinking about it in those terms. We deal with things that are very tangible, like health care and the energy crisis.
Details: Any politician would be jealous of the way your character, Anna, communicates psychically with her people. What is "bliss" exactly?
Morena Baccarin: Bliss is Anna's way of checking in with her people, keeping them happy, and taking care of them. She can bliss them out physically and emotionally and it makes them want to do what's best for the species.
Details: Do you think it helps that she's naked when she does it?
Morena Baccarin: It's kind of weird when you think of it that way. She's just, you know, in her purest form. And that's only her "human" nakedness [Laughs]
Details: Your mom is a famous actress in Brazil. What's she best known for?
Morena Baccarin: She's done a ton of TV and film there, especially in the sixties, seventies, and eighties. She quit when we moved to New York, but in the past 10 years she's gone back and resuscitated her career. She's been producing and acting in The Vagina Monologues. She likes to talk about the play like, "My Vagina is so successful! When I view my Vagina . . . ." She just likes to say it.
Details: Is it true you appeared on the unaired pilot episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia playing a male-to-female transsexual?
Morena Baccarin: Yeah. I went to college with Glenn Howerton, and he and his buddies wrote the pilot and asked if I wanted to be in it. I said, "Sure, why not?" And they said, "One thing, though—you're playing a chick with a dick." I was like, "Okay. Why not? With my Juilliard training . . . "
Details: How did you prepare?
Morena Baccarin: The most challenging part was figuring out what to stuff my pants with so it looked real. We tried socks, but they looked really bulky. We wanted clear definition because I was wearing such tight jeans. We ended up with this little mini spray bottle—like a pet-dander spray or something.
Details: Like the size of a Binaca dispenser?
Morena Baccarin: It was a little bigger than that. Come on. [Laughs] The really horrible part was that, in one of the takes, the sprayer thing actually went off, and when they did a close-up of my crotch there was a little wet spot on my jeans. It was gross.
V returns to ABC on Tuesday, March 30, at 10 p.m.