Carrie-Anne Moss Returns to the Matrix
Academy Alumnus Carrie-Anne Moss (Class of 1988) was excited to share her thoughts on the Matrix film series as audiences get ready for the newest film in the franchise: “The Matrix Resurrections.”
“The experience of making the movies was such a transformative time in my life," Carrie-Anne Moss explained. "It was such an opportunity of a lifetime."
Moss plays the incredible martial artist, sharpshooter, and hacker known as Trinity. When the first “Matrix” film came out in 1999, it brought her into the spotlight as an actress. She would appear in the next two films in the series, “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions.”
While preparing to reprise her role as Trinity, Moss talked about the difficulties of being a middle-aged actress in Hollywood. She was approached by her manager to play a grandmother the day after she turned 40 years old, which to her felt like, “...it happened overnight. I went from being a girl to the mother to beyond the mother.”
Moss explained how difficult of a transition it was to process due to a lot of male actors avoiding the same trajectory. The expectation to "stay young" is high in Hollywood, which can lead many to feel unwell about the natural process of aging. Moss said she would leave the business if she felt pressured to change herself in order to stay.
“You don’t feel like you’ve aged much and suddenly you’re seeing yourself on screen,” she said, adding that it’s “kind of brutal” witnessing the process. “I would look at these French and European actresses and they just had something about them that felt so confident in their own skin. I couldn’t wait to be that. I strive for that. It’s not easy being in this business. There’s a lot of external pressure.”
Regardless of Hollywood’s pressures, Carrie-Anne Moss is excited to be back playing Trinity at 54 years old alongside actor Keanu Reeves as “Neo.” The film is set to release on December 22nd, 2021.