McKenzie shares his holiday plans and reveals a shocking twist in season 3 of his hit show Gotham

By Kristen Caires
Updated December 02, 2020 03:12 AM
Ben McKenzie
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At the top of the Empire State Building on Monday, new dad Ben McKenzie took a break from diaper duty to chat with PEOPLE about his hit Fox show Gotham and his first holiday as a dad.

McKenzie, 38, plans to spend the holidays in New York City — but it won’t be a traditional turkey dinner!

“We’re doing Middle Eastern food,” he says, “My sister-in-law is Armenian, so we’re rocking that this year.”

With an 8-month-old daughter with Gotham costar-turned-partner Morena Baccarin, they’ve decided to take the easy route. “We’re not going to cook, we’re just going to order. Too lazy!” he jokes.

He and Baccarin, 37, welcomed baby Frances Laiz — Frankie for short, in March — and told Harry Connick Jr. on his talk-show Harry that they named her after his mother and “she’s the cutest thing in the world.”

“It’s something I’ve wanted for a long time,” McKenzie, 38, previously told PEOPLE of fatherhood.

While this is his first holiday as a dad, it won’t be his first non-traditional holiday. “I spent Thanksgiving (in New York) a couple of years ago … eating Chinese food” he says, and adds, “I really like holidays in New York, it feels appropriately… wintery.”

And with Gotham shooting in Manhattan, he won’t have to travel far when it’s time to return to work. In what McKenzie describes as an “explosive” season 3 of the hit Fox show, he reveals “some old characters reemerge, who we may have thought were dead.”

McKenzie has long been a fan of the comic world, sharing, “I grew up watching the old Adam West version and playing with Batman figurines — I think everyone’s a Batman fan on some level.”

Gotham airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.