Morena Baccarin was still married to Austin Chick and leading a relatively low-key, under-the-radar life in Los Angeles when she nabbed the role of Leslie Thompkins on Fox’s Gotham in 2014.
By July 2015, TMZ reported that Chick filed for divorce after just more than three years of marriage, claiming Baccarin, who was then living in New York where the series filmed, had cheated on him with her co-star, Benjamin McKenzie (who plays her onscreen lover, Detective Jim Gordon.)
Chick supposedly had no idea Baccarin and McKenzie were hooking up until he was presented with pretty irrefutable evidence. “Austin was totally shocked when he found out about the affair,” a source told Entertainment Tonight. “Totally blindsided. When Morena left him for Ben, Austin was devastated — completely shocked.”
Insiders told Entertainment Tonight that McKenzie visited Baccarin numerous times on the set of Deadpool (2016) in Vancouver, which filmed from March to May 2015, and that McKenzie stayed in Baccarin’s condo during those visits. It wasn’t until June 2015, when a fan reportedly sent Chick a photo of McKenzie and Baccarin in Vancouver together, that he filed for divorce. “Austin confronted Morena about the photo,” a source claimed. “She didn’t deny it and said she no longer wanted to work on [their]marriage.”