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Ben McKenzie Reveals Inspiration Behind Daughter Frances’ Name

10/12/2016 at 01:45 PM ET

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Ben McKenzie is one proud papa.

On Wednesday, the Gotham actor sat down with Harry Connick Jr. for his show Harry to talk about his new daughter Frances Laiz with partner Morena Baccarin.

“Her name is Frances, after my mother,” says McKenzie, 38. “I love that name. We call her Frankie. She’s 7 months old, and the cutest thing in the world.”

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Ben McKenzie and Morena Baccarin Rely on a Baby Night Nurse to Get That Precious Shut Eye

09/07/2016 at 09:00 PM ET

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Ben McKenzie and Morena Baccarin are “finally sleeping” six months after welcoming daughter Frances Laiz, and it’s thanks to one special person: their night nurse!

“It’s so great,” the new dad, 37, said during an appearance on Live! with Kelly Wednesday.

So what exactly is a night nurse? Explained the Gotham star, “They stay up with the baby the first couple of weeks when the baby is really up all the time.

“They’re basically — they wake up my lady to get her to feed the baby — but between times when the baby can be cranky and fussy, they’re on it,” he said.

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Morena Baccarin Steps Out with Ben McKenzie 11 Weeks After Welcoming a Daughter

05/17/2016 at 11:30 AM ET

New parents alert!

At the 2016 Fox Upfront presentation in New York City on Monday, Morena Baccarin and Ben McKenzie made their first formal public appearance together since daughter Frances Laiz was born in early March — and the Gotham costars looked anything but sleep deprived.

The new mom, 36, opted for a mid thigh-length, cobalt blue dress by Shoshanna. To complete the look, she wore shimmery eye makeup, with her long dark hair in loose waves. McKenzie, 37, complemented his date with a dark blue jacket and matching pants.

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Ben McKenzie and Morena Baccarin Welcome Daughter Frances Laiz

03/11/2016 at 07:30 AM ET

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Gotham City’s population has grown by one!

Gotham costars Ben McKenzie and Morena Baccarin welcomed their first child together, a daughter, on Wednesday, March 2.

“Morena and Ben are so happy to welcome baby girl Frances Laiz Setta Schenkkan,” their reps confirm to USA Today. “All are happy and healthy and appreciate the well-wishes.”

The Deadpool actress, who is already mother to 2-year-old son Julius with estranged husband Austin Chick, recently spoke to PEOPLE about pregnancy the second time around.

“I’m definitely less nervous, but it goes by a lot quicker because you’re chasing after a toddler,” she told reporters. “There is not a lot of resting going on. I don’t feel worse, it’s just been very different.”
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How Ben McKenzie Has Been Giving ‘Extra TLC’ to Pregnant Gotham Costar, Girlfriend Morena Baccarin: ‘He Is the Sweetest’

03/04/2016 at 09:45 AM ET

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Pregnant on the set!

They probably weren’t yelling that while filming this season of Gotham, but they sure could have been. Star Morena Baccarin, who’s expecting her first child with her costar, boyfriend Ben McKenzie, next week, was hard at work with her bump on display while filming.

“It will be a very true to life performance,” Baccarin, 36, tells PEOPLE of how her character Leslie is also pregnant this season, a plot line she says came about serendipitously.

“It was a total coincidence,” she explains in this week’s issue. “They were already planning on doing that with [Ben and my] characters when I got pregnant. When I told them they were like, ‘Okay, great!’ and I was like, ‘What?’ It worked out perfectly.”

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Ben McKenzie on Being a Dad: ‘It’s Something That I’ve Wanted for a Really Long Time’

03/01/2016 at 03:00 PM ET

Costars-turned-beaus Ben McKenzie and Morena Baccarin are just days away from bringing home baby.

Despite the impending birth of their first child together, McKenzie and Baccarin were on hand to support the return of their show, Gotham, during a special viewing of the premiere on the Refinery Hotel rooftop on Monday night.

The mom-to-be, dressed in a calf-length white and black dress that showed off her baby belly, joked the “magic question” is how she’s feeling in her final stage of pregnancy.

“I’m okay, I’m feeling good,” Baccarin, 36, told PEOPLE. “I’m just at the end, where everything is incredibly uncomfortable. Getting out of bed is hard.”

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Morena Baccarin and Ben McKenzie Take in a Play While They Wait for Baby to Arrive

02/25/2016 at 11:55 AM ET

What better way to pass the time while waiting for your baby to arrive than with a trip to the theater?

A very pregnant Morena Baccarin and boyfriend Ben McKenzie saw The Woodsman, the story of the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz, at New World Stages in New York City on Wednesday. The parents-to-be hung out backstage with James Ortiz, who plays Nick Chopper in the show.

Baccarin wore a blue T-shirt, gray cardigan sweater and jeans to the performance, while her Gotham costar opted for a black jacket over a maroon T-shirt and gray jeans.

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