Carrie-Anne Moss

Carrie-Anne Moss

Born: August 21, 1967
Age: 50
Birthplace: Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
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Biography

Carrie-Anne Moss (born August 21, 1967) is a Canadian actress. Following early roles on television, she rose to international prominence for her role of Trinity in The Matrix trilogy (1999-2003). She has starred in Memento (2000), Red Planet (2000), Chocolat (2000), Fido (2006), Snow Cake (2006), Disturbia (2007), Unthinkable (2010), Silent Hill: Revelation (2012), and Pompeii (2014). Moss currently portrays Jeri Hogarth in several series of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, mainly Jessica Jones (2015-present).

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Early life

Carrie-Anne Moss was born in Burnaby, British Columbia, the daughter of Barbara and Melvyn Moss. She has an older brother, Brooke. Moss' mother reportedly named her after The Hollies' 1967 hit song, "Carrie Anne", which had been released in May that year. Moss lived with her mother in Vancouver as a child. At the age of 11, she joined the Vancouver children's musical theatre and later went on to tour Europe with the Magee Secondary School Choir in her senior year.

Career

1990s

While in Spain, Moss obtained a role in the drama series Dark Justice, her first television appearance. She moved from Barcelona to Los Angeles with the series in 1992. She enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena upon her return, and she subsequently starred in Fox's prime time soap opera Models Inc., a spin-off of Melrose Place, as a model. The series was cancelled in July 1995. She headlined a short-lived made-in-Canada series entitled Matrix. For most of the 1990s, she appeared in several television series such as Street Justice, Baywatch, F/X: The Series, Due South, for which she scored a nomination for the Gemini Award for Best Guest Actress in a Drama. Many of her film roles in the decade were in B movies, including Flash-fire (1994), The Soft Kill (1994), Tough-guy (1994), Lethal Tender (1996), Sabotage (1996) and The Secret Life of Algernon (1997).

Her breakthrough role came when she played Trinity in the science fiction thriller The Matrix (1999), directed by The Wachowskis and co-starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Pantoliano. Her role demanded extreme acrobatic actions, and she underwent a three-hour physical test during casting. The film grossed over US$460 million worldwide and was highly acclaimed by critics, who have considered it one of the greatest science fiction films ever made. It launched Moss into international recognition and transformed her career; in a New York Daily News interview, she stated, "The Matrix gave me so many opportunities. Everything I've done since then has been because of that experience. It gave me so much". Moss was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Actress, and for the MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Female Performance.

2000s

Moss had four film releases in 2000—Chocolat, Red Planet, The Crew and Memento. In the romantic comedy Chocolat, she took on the role of Caroline Clairmont, a cold, devoutly pious woman living in a French village. As part of an overall positive response towards the film, The New York Times remarked that Moss, "as an upright widowed mother swathed in mournful baby blue, radiates glimmers of hurt; she shows it's not easy to keep up such a front". The film made US$152 million at the international box office. The science fiction thriller Red Planet saw her play the commander and leader of a rescue mission to Mars. A.V Club felt that Moss was "largely reduced to worrying while modeling a series of tight-fitting space fashions". Despite an US$80 million budget, the film only grossed US$33 million worldwide. She appeared as detective Olivia Neal in the crime black comedy The Crew, directed by Michael Dinner and starring Burt Reynolds, Seymour Cassel and Richard Dreyfuss.

In Christopher Nolan's neo-noir psychological thriller Memento, she starred opposite Guy Pearce portraying a manipulative bartender who meets a man suffering from anterograde amnesia. Producer Jennifer Todd suggested Moss for the part after being impressed by her performance in The Matrix. While actress Mary McCormack lobbied for the role, Nolan decided to cast Moss as Natalie, saying, "She added an enormous amount to the role of Natalie that wasn't on the page". The film became a sleeper hit, being acclaimed by critics and earning US$39.7 million over a US$9 million budget. She won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for her performance.

Moss reprised the role of Trinity in the back-to-back sequels The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, both released in 2003. Like the original, The Matrix Reloaded received positive critical reception, and became a major box office hit, grossing US$742.1 million worldwide. The Matrix Revolutions received a lukewarm critical reception, but made US$427.3 million globally. During an interview with BBC.com, Moss expressed her pride for starring in the franchise, which she described as a "segment of life": "It's deep and it's beautiful to have been part of it for so long. It's pretty spectacular". She provided voiceovers for video game and animated spin-offs of the films.

In 2005, Moss starred with Aaron Eckhart and Ben Kingsley in the little-seen thriller Suspect Zero, as FBI agent Fran Kulok, and was part of an ensemble cast in the independent dramedy The Chumscrubber, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Moss appeared in the zombie comedy Fido (2006), playing a housewife in a 1950s-esque alternate universe where radiation from space has turned the dead into zombies. She noted the "very rich" and "very visual" script for the film, and became drawn to the project for its "underlying messages about control and domination". The film was distributed for a limited theatrical release and received largely favorably reviews, with Los Angeles Times calling it a "crafty mixture of George Romero and Douglas Sirk". Moss played the neighbor of an autistic woman in the small-scale romantic drama Snow Cake (2006), starring Alan Rickman and Sigourney Weaver. It was released in selected theaters, to positive reviews from critics. Moss earned a Genie Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.

In the Hitchcockian thriller Disturbia (2007), Moss portrayed the mother of a troubled teenager (Shia LaBeouf) who suspects one of his neighbors is a serial killer. The film was met with a positive critical reception and made US$117.8 million around the globe. She played one of the people who are brought together in the wake of a deadly car accident in the independent drama Normal (2007), released for selected theaters. Moss appeared opposite Julia Roberts, Willem Dafoe and Ryan Reynolds in the drama Fireflies in the Garden, which revolved around the inner lives and affairs of a family. The production premiered at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival and was released theatrically in the United States in October 2011. She starred in the straight-to-DVD romantic comedy Love Hurts (2009), alongside Richard E. Grant and Jenna Elfman.

2010s

In the thriller Unthinkable (2010), directed by Gregor Jordan and co-starring Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Sheen, Moss played the leader of an FBI counter-terrorism team assigned to interrogate a man who threatens to detonate three nuclear bombs in the United States. The film received a direct-to-DVD release and generated controversy around its subject matter. She took on the role of antagonist Claudia Wolf in the sequel to the 2006 horror film, Silent Hill: Revelation (2012). Budgeted at US$20 million, the film grossed US$52.3 million but has garnered an overwhelmingly negative reception among film critics and fans alike. Mentioning Moss in its review for the film, The New York Times remarked that the supporting actors "deserve much, much better". She voiced the character Aria in the video games Mass Effect 2 (2010) and Mass Effect 3 (2012).

She had a four-episode arc in the series Chuck between 2011 and 2012, and played the regular role of Las Vegas Assistant District Attorney Katherine O'Connell in the CBS period drama series Vegas, which premiered in September 2012, but was cancelled after its first season, despite an overall positive response. Writing for The New York Times, Mike Hale felt that Moss "feels out of place in this frontier tale but looks great in snug wool suits". Moss obtained the role of Penelope, a California candidate for governor who runs a free health clinic, in the political thriller Knife Fight (2012), directed by Bill Guttentag and co-starring Rob Lowe. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released for a two-theater run and digital platforms. Moss headlined with Heather Graham the psychological dark comedy Compulsion (2013), in which they both played women occupying neighboring apartments, each one grappling with psychological disorders that begin to overtake their lives. The film opened for limited release. She voiced the character of Admiral Wells in the fantasy animated film The Clockwork Girl (2014).

She starred with Kit Harington, Emily Browning and Jared Harris in the 3D historical disaster picture Pompeii (2014), produced and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. The film, inspired by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 that destroyed the Roman Empire city Pompeii, saw her portray Aurelia, the wife of the city governor (Harris). With an over-US$80 million budget, the film only grossed US$23.2 million in North America, but its worldwide gross total was US$117.8 million. In the independent drama Elephant Song (2014), directed by Charles Binamé, Moss starred opposite Bruce Greenwood and Xavier Dolan as the wife of a psychiatrist (Greenwood). The film was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, and in its review for the film, Variety described her role as "a pushily self-centered second wife" and found her part to be "a poorly integrated subplot" in the film. In 2015, she voiced a widowed mother in the made-for-television animated film Pirate's Passage, was one of the narrators in the documentary Unity, and appeared as the wife of Victor Frankenstein in Frankenstein, an updated adaptation of Mary Shelly's book.

In 2015, Moss appeared in Jessica Jones as Jeri Hogarth, an attorney and potentially powerful ally to the title character. The gender of the character was changed from male to female for the series, and the character was made a lesbian. Moss signed on to the series after reading the first two scripts, having been pitched the character by producer Jeph Loeb and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg. She described the character by saying that "she’s fierce, she’s strong, she’s powerful, and she likes that power". The web series premiered on Netflix, to critical acclaim. Moss has also reprised her role of Jeri Hogarth in the second-season finale of Daredevil, and has had recurring arcs in Iron Fist and The Defenders. Moss took on the lead role of Dr Athena Morrow, an AI researcher invited to reverse engineer a consciousness program, in the second season of the science-fiction series Humans. Moss filmed a supporting part in the supernatural horror film The Bye Bye Man (2017), playing what Variety described as "the world’s most soft-edged hard-bitten police detective". Despite negative reviews, the film grossed US$24 million worldwide on a budget of US$7 million.

Personal life

Moss married American actor Steven Roy in 1999, and they have two sons and a daughter. The family resides in Los Angeles.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Soft Kill, TheThe Soft Kill Jane Tanner
1994 Flashfire Meredith Neal
1995 Terrified Tracy Also known as Evil Never Sleeps and Toughguy
1996 Sabotage Louise Castle
1997 Lethal Tender Melissa Wilkins
1997 Secret Life of Algernon, TheThe Secret Life of Algernon Madge Clerisy
1999 Matrix, TheThe Matrix Trinity
1999 New Blood Leigh
2000 Chocolat Caroline Clairmont
2000 Red Planet Cmdr. Kate Bowman
2000 Crew, TheThe Crew Detective Olivia Neal
2000 Memento Natalie
2003 Matrix Reloaded, TheThe Matrix Reloaded Trinity
2003 Animatrix, TheThe Animatrix Voice only
2003 Matrix Revolutions, TheThe Matrix Revolutions
2004 Suspect Zero Fran Kulok
2005 Chumscrubber, TheThe Chumscrubber Jerri Falls
2005 Sledge: The Untold Story Herself/Girlfriend in movie
2006 Fido Helen Robinson
2006 Snow Cake Maggie
2006 Mini's First Time Diane Drogues-Tennan
2007 Disturbia Julie Brecht
2007 Normal Catherine
2008 Fireflies in the Garden Kelly Hanson
2009 Love Hurts Amanda Bingham
2010 Unthinkable Agent Helen Brody
2012 Silent Hill: Revelation Claudia Wolf
2012 Knife Fight Penelope Nelson
2013 The Clockwork Girl Admiral Wells Voice
2013 Compulsion Saffron
2014 Warriors' Dawn Elena Voice
2014 Pompeii Aurelia
2014 Elephant Song Olivia
2015 Pirate's Passage Kerstin Hawkins Voice
2015 Unity Narrator Documentary
2015 Frankenstein Elizabeth Frankenstein
2016 Brain on Fire Rhona Nack
2017 The Bye Bye Man Detective Shaw

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1991-1993 Dark Justice Tara McDonald 9 episodes
1991 Street Justice Jennifer 2 episodes
1992 Forever Knight Monica Howard Episode: "Feeding the Beast"
1993 Matrix Liz Teel 13 episodes
1993 Doorways Laura Unaired TV pilot
1993 Silk Stalkings Lisa / Lana Bannon Episode: "The Perfect Alibi"
1994-1995 Models Inc. Carrie Spencer 28 episodes
1994 Baywatch Gwen Brown / Mattie Brown Episode: "Mirror, Mirror"
1995 Nowhere Man Karin Stoltz Episode: "Something About Her"
1996-1997 F/X: The Series Lucinda Scott 17 episodes
1996 Due South Irene Zuko Episode: "Juliet is Bleeding"
2007 Suspect Lt. Chivers TV pilot
2008 Pretty/Handsome Elizabeth Fitzpayne TV pilot
2011 Normal Ann Brown TV pilot
2011-2012 Chuck Gertrude Verbanski 4 episodes
2012-2013 Vegas Katherine O'Connell 21 episodes
2014 Crossing Lines Amanda Andrews 4 episodes
2015-present Jessica Jones Jeri Hogarth Main Cast
2016 Daredevil Episode: "A Cold Day in Hell's Kitchen"
2016 Humans Dr Athena Morrow Main role (second season)
2016 Man Seeking Woman Joan Dillon Episode: "Eel"
2017 Iron Fist Jeri Hogarth 3 episodes
2017 The Defenders Episode: "Mean Right Hook"

Video games

Year Title Voice Notes
2003 Enter the Matrix Trinity FMV
Motion capture
2010 Mass Effect 2 Aria T'Loak Voice role
2012 Mass Effect 3 Voice role (also appears in Omega)

Awards and nominations

Year Nominated work Award Result
1997 Due South Gemini Award for Best Guest Actress in a Drama Nominated
1999 The Matrix Empire Award for Best Newcomer Won
1999 The Matrix MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Female Performance Nominated
1999 The Matrix Saturn Award for Best Actress Nominated
2000 Chocolat Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2000 Memento Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female Won
2000 Memento Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2003 Matrix Revolutions, TheThe Matrix Revolutions Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress - Drama/Action Adventure Nominated
2006 Fido Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in a Canadian Film Won
2006 Snow Cake Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Won
Charities

Carrie-Anne Moss supports the following charitable causes: Children, Education.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]