Morena Baccarin (Firefly, V, Homeland) who’ll be playing Dr. Leslie Thompkins on Gotham and also been playing Dr. Wells’ computer Gideon in The Flash, talks about both roles along with her other DC Comics related roles in a recent interview. Here are some of the highlights.
IGN: What can you tell us about the Dr. Leslie character you’re playing? She’s obviously a younger version of the one comic book fans know. How close will she be to the source material?
Morena Baccarin: Yeah. They’re not sticking too close to the original mythology from the comics. Basically she and Jim meet at Arkham Asylum where he winds up working after the last episode. And they sort of hit it off because they’re both two people who are trying to do the right thing in a city that’s corrupt. And, like him, she’s someone who doesn’t really stand for bulls***. She’s very pragmatic and isn’t fazed by the craziness of Gotham. So they’re pretty drawn to each other and they wind up teaming up.
IGN: On the show, we’ve seen the outside of Arkham a few times. What does the inside look like?
Baccarin: It’s a little comic book-y, for sure. It’s stylized, in the way that a lot of things are in the Gotham world. It’s an insane asylum, so it’s dark. It’s very shadowed and creepy. I really loved the episode. It’s a great introduction to my character, who’s working in this crazy crazy place that’s, of course, touched by Gotham’s rampant corruption. There’s a very big and dark underworld at play.
IGN: You’ve also voiced DC characters before in animation. Was playing a live version the next logical step?
Baccarin: I guess so. It was probably inevitable. There are so many of them. It’s probably inevitable now that in every actor’s career now they’ll wind up playing some sort of comic book character in a movie or on a TV show.
IGN: You’ve also provided the voice for Dr. Wells’ computer on The Flash. Can we expect you back?
Baccarin: I think so. I think that computer’s sticking around! It’s here to stay. So we’ll see what winds up happening. But that’s a fun one.