When Did Ben McKenzie & Morena Baccarin Start Dating? Their Love Story Began On ‘Gotham’

In case you missed it — which you probably did if you blinked or something — two of the stars of Gotham have some pretty big news for us this week. On Thursday, news broke that Benjamin McKenzie and Morena Baccarin are expecting a baby... just days after their relationship went public. They were first spotted holding hands during Emmys weekend, but now that we know that Baccarin is pregnant, it's an even more exciting time for the couple. But don't worry — if you're as blindsided by the news as I am, you're probably also wondering how long McKenzie and Baccarin have been dating. The answer? It's not totally clear, but it's definitely long enough that Baccarin is planning to marry her co-star.

In court papers obtained by People from Baccarin's divorce from Austin Chick, Baccarin made a statement saying she and McKenzie plan to marry when their split is final. And not only did she call their union a "new committed relationship" in the papers filed September 11, but she also said that she's three and a half months pregnant — and all of these things are clues that will help us figure out when she and McKenzie started dating in the first place.

It definitely seems like Baccarin and McKenzie met on the set of Gothamwhen Baccarin joined the cast in 2014, but Chick filed for divorce in July of this year, citing "irreconcilable differences." Their divorce (and the matter of custody of their two-year-old son, Julius) is still pending, but it definitely sounds like Baccarin's hoping the process can be sped up now that she's expecting a baby with McKenzie.

And speaking of the baby-to-be? If she was more than three months pregnant in September, it sounds like she and McKenzie have been dating at least since May, if not sooner. Of course, neither Baccarin nor McKenzie have confirmed anything officially just yet, but now that they're able to be public about their love, I'm hoping they're willing to fill us all in on the details soon.

And now matter how long they've been together, their relationship is a serious win for anyone like me who adores when onscreen couples cross over into real life. I may have only seen a few episodes of Gotham, but that was enough to know that they have serious chemistry.

There's no doubt in my mind that this is going to be one beautiful baby — and as long as McKenzie's kid plays with Adam Brody's daughter as The OC intended, I'm good!

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