36-year-old Morena Baccarin and 37-year-old Benjamin McKenzie (I know, he looks like he barely started growing crotch hairs) are on Gotham together and just yesterday I was reading about how they’re dating. Usually the way it works is that you read about them dating, and then you read in Life & Style about how they were “getting cozy” at Madeo or some shit, and then you read on tooFab about how Morena wore a ring on that finger while shopping at Fred Segal and blah blah blah… Well, these two have hit the FF button, because things have escalated quickly. Morena is knocked up with Ben’s baby and she just filed for full custody of the 22-month-old kid she made with her estranged husband. To quote my mother when I go to dinner with her and don’t order a big cup of booze, “This is an interesting turn of events!”
Morena’s husband, director Austin Check, filed for divorce in early July after three and a half years of marriage. Austin asked for joint custody of their son Julius. But Morena doesn’t want joint physical custody, because she lives in NYC and Austin lives in L.A. TMZ says that Morena filed papers today asking the judge to give her full physical custody. Morena wants Julius to live with her in NYC. Since she’s baking a baby in her body, she’ll eventually have to stop flying and she won’t be able to visit her son in L.A. Morena is at the end of her first trimester.
So, when Morena’s husband filed for divorce, she was already growing Benjamine McKenzie’s baby in her womb. Austin listed “irreconcilable differences” as the reason why he wants a divorce. Austin obviously went with that, because “Ryan Atwood bareback boned a baby into my wife’s body” wasn’t an option. And this maybe-drama makes up for the last season of The O.C.! Who knew that these two could bring the ESCANDALONESS? It’s always the quiet ones….
UPDATE: The judge ruled today that Morena and Austin’s son will mostly live with her in NYC.
Here’s Morena and Ben at the Emmys this past weekend.