Carrie-Anne Moss: ‘There was a scene in the first Matrix with me in stilettos. I could barely stand straight’ | Movies

WThe Matrix is ​​asking us all to take the red pill again. On December 22nd, Carrie-Ann Moss, 54, will return for the role that made her famous. Moss first played Trinity, a badass motorcyclist, PVC-clad hacker, in 1999, and although the character did not survive the original trilogy, she is back with her co-star Keanu Reeves, for the fourth installment, The Matrix Resurrection directed by Lana Wachowski, this time without her sister Lilly. Moss, who was born in Canada, started her career as a model and had several small parts in TV and movies before The Matrix took gold. She played Marvel’s first lesbian on-screen character, Jeri Hogarth, in the Netflix series Jessica Jones, and out of the world of acting, she runs a “work of love” lifestyle website called Annapurna Living. She lives with her husband and three children in rural California, which means she doesn’t see the current trend of Matrix-inspired fashion like big shoes and small street sunglasses.

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Was returning to the world of The Matrix a difficult decision?
Oh no. I was very excited about this possibility. It was something I never imagined would happen. People had mentioned it to me in passing, and I always thought: There’s no way. It will never happen.’

There are obvious reasons for this, the main one being the death of Trinity in the third movie.
When I, Lana, Keanu, and a few others sat down together to read it for the first time, I was thinking, “How is this going to be? How are you going to do this? It’s something I never imagined, and I was really blown away.”

The Matrix appeared in 1999, but has been a near-constant part of the cultural conversation ever since. How do you feel you were such a big part of that?
It’s interesting. I am certainly honored to be in a film that has made such an impact, and I deeply respect the role I play in that story. I also have my personal life which doesn’t include any of that, so I don’t really feel the cultural influence. At the same time, when I feel the weight of it, I am moved that I chose to be that part of this movie, and what that means to people, and I don’t take it lightly. It’s not just a job I did. When I first did Matrix, it seemed to really affect women a lot. Women would come to me, directors, directors, and thank me for opening this or that door. So I hold her with a lot of respect and a lot of deep respect. I respect this character more than any I’ve ever played. I chose not to play similar characters. I didn’t want to give Lana and Lilly’s hard work and beautiful art to any other filmmaker.

Have you been offered roles like Trinity a lot?
It really happened, and then it became really clear. I guess no one even passed to get to me because I was like: I’m not going to do that. I think a lot of people interpreted it as not wanting to portray myself, and it has nothing to do with stereotypes. It was just about my respect for the filmmakers and the movie, and I didn’t want to sell that. There was no thinking. I’m grateful now, because I’m starting to get around it, and back at it again. For me, there is real purity.

What do you think these women were thanking you for?
I do not know. When I made the first movie, I was very young. I didn’t really understand all the different things that were going on, it was such a whirlwind. When I watched the movie I was amazed. I never saw myself that way on a big screen. One of the things I love about Trinity has to do with the filmmakers’ outlook. It’s Lana, how do you shoot. She loves Trinity very much. I can really appreciate it, in hindsight. I didn’t feel it was overly sexual, and I don’t think they would have chosen me anyway if they were looking for it. I’m grateful, from a Hollywood perspective, that it wasn’t taken in that direction.

Carrie Ann Moss
Hacking attack… Carrie-Ann Moss in the 1999 movie The Matrix. Photo: Cinetext/Warner Bros/Allstar

I watched an interview I did about the first Matrix release, and I talked about trying to shoot a file A sight in heels, which was a problem for you. I checked the Resurrections trailer, and Trinity appears to be wearing flat-soled shoes. Is this progress?
In the first scene, there was one scene where they made me wear some kind of dagger, and I couldn’t do the scene. I experienced this scene, and then all of a sudden here we are on the day we’re filming it, and I was uneasy. The whole thing was in the nightclub where I was talking into a guy’s ear, supposed to be strong and strong, yet I could hardly stand up straight. So they took those shoes off and gave me nice solid heels.

Well, shoes are important.
indeed. I’m a clog girl, personally.

What should you do to get back into Trinity mode?
Much of the preparation was physical training. I had weight to lose, I had the strength to gain, I had battles to learn, and I had big sights to prepare for mentally. For months before that, there was a lot of physical work, getting into Trinity in a way that I wasn’t trying to be the person I used to be, not trying to be 30, or trying to get the body that I am. When I was 30, meanwhile, I was kind to myself about that, too. When I had kids, I gained weight, and it took years to get back into my body where I felt strong and comfortable.

I wonder if it was any less important than it was to have action heroes in our forties, fifties and sixties? It’s been normal for male actors for a long time, but I think fewer than that People are going to bat an eyelid about women doing these kinds of parts now.
I didn’t think about it deeply. Except for that for my own personal journey, I didn’t want to add any despair to myself, because somehow, I felt like I was doing all the women my age, who were in their thirties [once], Damage. This feeling I get about Trinity is that it’s not just about me, and I take that very seriously. If you suddenly appear and I like… I don’t even know what that would look like, but let’s be real, seeing yourself on the screen isn’t easy. It wasn’t easy when I was 30 years old either. But what I feel so happy about seeing the movie is that I didn’t really think about it.

How true is a rumor that Keanu Reeves is the cutest guy in the movie industry?
ha ha! He is a very kind person, and he is very good at what he does. He is very committed and disciplined. He works harder than anyone I’ve met in my life. It was a pleasure to partner with him again in this way. It was as if time had not passed. We all have those friends where you can pick up where you left off. He is a wonderful listener. It’s really cool being around a guy who listens the way he listens. He is very thoughtful in his listening. He deserves all that good press for his sympathy and kindness.

Jessica Jones
Brief meeting… Moss as attorney Jerry Hogarth in Marvel’s Jessica Jones with Kristen Ritter. Photo: Everett Collection Inc / Alamy

You said you made the decision not to play characters like Trinity, but there’s been a streak of power running through your characters lately. I was a doctor in humans, and an attorney at Jessica Jones…
Well, I guess the common denominator is who plays them.

They all look like you
It was interesting to me [Jeri Hogarth in Jessica Jones] He was originally a man. The character was written as a man, and when I talked to them about it, I didn’t want to change it too much. I liked the idea that she had this stereotypical kind of masculine energy. That was very fun to play. In fact, I really enjoyed doing it. It was the first [big] A job after having children. When I got this job, and I went to New York, it was like I stepped into a whole new world, with technology, all of that stuff. I couldn’t even order a coffee! It was really a culture shock. Kristen Ritter, my co-star, I’d always ask her about stuff, she’d help me put an Uber on my phone, little things, but New York was a real learning curve for me. It was very annoying. I was very comfortable at home, so I was just getting out of my comfort zone.

You don’t look like a Hollywood person to me.
I was never interested in any of that. I’ve never been to any Hollywood action, premieres, events, or anything else, unless I’m a part of it, or support a friend. Sometimes at first, my team would say, “Maybe you’ll go into this thing.” And I’ll say, “I don’t want to get dressed and figure out what to wear, I don’t know how to put my makeup on, I don’t know how to do my hair.” And I’m fine because I don’t know how to do these things. I’d rather be home with my family any day. I’ve worked hard to make this family life connected, and it means a lot to me. Not because it’s perfect or easy, but it’s where I belong, in my heart. When I leave to go to work, I always love it at the end, because you are forced to step out of your comfort zone. It is very healthy. But when I come home, I love my simple life.

The Matrix: Resurrection in UK cinemas from December 22.

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