Latina actress Morena Baccarin grew up with a lot of strange family traditions and superstitions, because her mother was "weird".

The Brazilian Homeland star still refuses to put handbags on the floor and never sleeps with a closet door open - thanks to her mum's odd beliefs.

She says, "My mum was just weird... She would make me do things like never put my purse on the floor, like, when I was two; you can't make money, you'll lose money.

"Also I learned you couldn't sleep with the closet door open, it had to always be closed; I think it was bad juju, bad spirits, bad stuff."

Baccarin recently returned to her homeland with her young son, who she is teaching to speak Portuguese, adding, "I took my son for the first time."