"After The Matrix, I cannot wear sunglasses. As soon as I put them on, people recognize me." Carrie-Anne Moss
Canadian actress Carrie-Anne Moss gained broad recognition while portraying the latex-clad, cyber warrior Trinity in The Matrix trilogy. The actress, who started out as a model, made her acting debut in the crime drama series "Dark Justice" (1991-1993). She later played roles in such films as 2000’s Memento, Red Planet, Chocolat and 2004’s Suspect Zero.
5' 8 1/2" tall, green-eyed Carrie-Anne is the wife of actor Steven Roy. She will soon complete her upcoming films Snow Cake, Mini's First Time, Fido, and The Matrix: Path of Neo (VG), as well as the highly anticipated Mission: Impossible 3.
The Hollies' Carrie-Anne
Childhood and Family:
Named after the Hollies' hit 1967 song "Carrie-Anne," Carrie-Anne Moss was born on August 21, 1967, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The younger of two siblings, Carrie-Anne was raised by her single mother, Barbara. She went to Magee Secondary School and toured Europe with the school choir during her senior year.
In 1999, Carrie-Anne tied the knot with fellow actor Steven Roy. The couple welcomed their first child, a son, in September of 2003. Their son’s godmother is Carrie’s best friend, actress Maria Bello.
"I worked in every restaurant in Vancouver. When I was 19, I had given up my dream of acting because I didn't know how to go about it. Gil Bellows, the actor from Ally McBeal, we hung out together in high school, came into my restaurant one day and said 'I thought you wanted to be an actor? You had so much passion for acting. What are you doing?' I quit the next day." Carrie-Anne Moss
At 11 years old, Carrie-Anne Moss made her acting debut starring in the Vancouver children's musical theater. When she reached 20, Carrie-Anne packed for Europe to pursue a modeling career. During her modeling gig in Spain, Carrie-Anne won a regular role in the CBS late night crime drama series "Dark Justice," playing Tara McDonald (1991-1993), which was produced in Barcelona for the 1st season. She later moved to Los Angeles where “Dark Justice” next-year shooting locations took place.
Carrie-Anne appeared in several commercials and performed in a production of "Outward Bound" at the Hudson Theater in Los Angeles. She had a reoccurring role in two episodes of "Street Justice" (1991 and 1993) and guest starred in an episode of the series "Nightmare Café," "Forever Knight," "Silk Stalkings" and "L.A. Law."
After her stint on Dark Justice, Carrie-Anne studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California. She was seen in the 1993 big screen Flashfire and the TV movie Doorways and was featured in the Toronto-shot USA Network series "Matrix" (1993, starring Nick Mancuso). She then portrayed past-her-prime Carrie Spencer in Aaron Spelling’s spin-off to Melrose Place, the campy Fox drama "Models Inc," (1994-1995).
On the silver screen, Carrie-Anne played bit parts in the films The Soft Kill (1994), 364 Girls a Year, Terrified, and Sabotage (all three in 1996). She reunited with Cameron Daddo in the syndicated adventure "F/X: The Series," playing spunky Lucinda Scott (1996-1997). Carrie-Anne was also spotted as a guest, playing Irene Zuko, in the episode "Juliet Is Bleeding" (February 1996) of the CBS’ family adventure series "Due South," where she received a Gemini Award nomination.
Director Charles Jarrott cast Carrie-Anne to play Madge Clerisy, a woman who pretends to fall in love with John Cullum's character, in his 1997 comedy movie The Secret Life of Algernon. Afterward, she costarred with Jeff Fahey, Gary Busey and Kim Coates in John Bradshaw's Lethal Tender (1997) and played Nick Moran's dying twin sister in director-writer-actor Michael Hurst's New Blood (1999, also with John Hurt).
Trinity, the latex-clad, cyber rebel warrior in The Matrix (1999), was Carrie-Anne's breakthrough screen role. In the sci-fi action, adventure film, directed and penned by the Wachowski brothers, Carrie-Anne performed her own martial arts fight scenes. Also starring Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne, the film became an instant box-office hit and consequently catapulted Carrie-Anne towards the spotlight. She later reprised her role in its sequels, The Matrix Revolutions and The Matrix Reloaded (both in 2003), as well as providing voice-overs for the video game and animated spin-offs.
The new millennium saw Carrie-Anne sharing the screen with Richard Dreyfuss, Burt Reynolds, Dan Hedaya and Seymour Cassel in Michael Dinner's outrageous crime comedy The Crew and costarring as the seductive barmaid Natalie, opposite Guy Pearce, in writer-director Christopher Nolan's thriller Memento (USA release: 2001). She followed it up with a female lead role as Commander Kate Bowman in Antony Hoffman's sci-fi movie Red Planet (alongside Val Kilmer) and portrayed Caroline Clairmont in Swedish director Lasse Hallström's romantic comedy, based on Joanne Harris' novel, Chocolat (starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp).
More recent, Carrie-Anne played Aaron Eckhart's unflappable FBI partner in E. Elias Merhige's crime thriller Suspect Zero (2004, also starring Ben Kingsley), costarred as the girlfriend in Brad Martin's action comedy Sledge: The Untold Story (2005, starring writer-actor David Leitch) and appeared in Arie Posin's drama comedy The Chumscrubber (2005, starring Jamie Bell). Currently, Carrie-Anne is on the set finishing her upcoming film projects: Marc Evans' Snow Cake (with Alan Rickman and Sigourney Weaver) and writer-director Nick Guthe's drama comedy Mini's First Time, where she stars as Nikki Reed's drunken, unloving mother and Alec Baldwin's wife. Filmmaker Andrew Currie also cast her in his horror comedy Fido (starring Billy Connolly) and for The Matrix fans, Carrie-Anne will soon appear in The Matrix: Path of Neo (VG). Additionally, Carrie-Anne reportedly will act opposite Tom Cruise in Joe Carnahan's highly-anticipated third installment of Mission: Impossible, which is slated for a May 2006 release.
"I think I'm one of those people who was just born with a sunny disposition. I try to focus on keeping that, and oddly enough, it's not that hard." Carrie-Anne Moss