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Overview (2)

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Carrie-Anne Moss was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. At age 20, after studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she moved to Europe to pursue a career in modeling. While in Spain she was cast in a regular role in the TV show Dark Justice which was produced in Barcelona for its first season. She followed the series to its new shooting location in Los Angeles the next year. Once in LA she began getting more opportunities, one of which was a TV series Matrix (which coincidentally presaged the movie that would later make her famous), another was being cast as a series regular for Aaron Spelling's television spectacle Models Inc.

Carrie-Anne's work was already gaining traction throughout the motion picture casting community when the late great casting director Mali Finn invited Carrie-Anne to audition for The Wachowski's and their top secret sci-fi action project; that activated her explosive film career. The writer/directors recognized Carrie-Anne's empowered yet openhearted leading qualities and following a challenging process of physical and character screen tests they ultimately gave her the opportunity to create the iconic cyber warrior "Trinity" in the record breaking, award winning and internationally successful The Matrix trilogy for Warner Bros/Village Roadshow. Her extraordinary performance launched her on to the world stage alongside her "One" Keanu Reeves, in stride with Laurence Fishburne and the multifaceted Hugo Weaving. Carrie-Anne Moss galvanized her place in cinematic history as the first woman to triumphantly fight her way through one of the highest grossing sci-fi action franchises of all time.

Directly following her phenomenal new-found success Carrie-Anne received a wide range of scripts from studios and A-list filmmakers but it was the complex screenplay Memento that stirred her creative senses. After meeting the then unknown writer/director Christopher Nolan it was without hesitation that she accepted the role of "Natalie" in Nolan's directorial debut. Starring opposite the unforgettable Guy Pearce, and produced by Jennifer & Suzanne Todd, Memento became one of the most critically acclaimed and, at that time, the largest grossing independent film in history. Carrie-Anne Moss's remarkable performance won her the coveted Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female that year.

Many of Hollywood's prominent directors and producers continued to pursue her for films; she survived the Red Planet for Warner Bros; sweetened Lasse Hallström's multi Oscar nominated Chocolat with Juliette Binoche, Dame Judi Dench and Johnny Depp; and tracked Suspect Zero alongside Aaron Eckhart and the elusive Sir Ben Kingsley in the Cruise/Wagner produced film.

But it was over the next years that Carrie-Anne took on the most important and rewarding role of her life, becoming a mother to her three children. During that same time Carrie-Anne also mothered on screen the watchful Shia LaBeouf in the rear window-esque DreamWorks box-office hit Disturbia; and together with Samuel L. Jackson, led the intense terrorist interrogation of Michael Sheen in Sony's Unthinkable.

Carrie-Anne continued to accept many other lead roles on interesting film projects including The Chumscrubber with Ralph Fiennes and Glenn Close; the comedy noir Mini's First Time also starring Alec Baldwin and Luke Wilson; Snow Cake the touching drama with Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman; Fireflies in the Garden in the company of Ryan Reynolds, Julia Roberts and Willem Defoe; and the retro zombie rom-com Fido along with Billy Connelly and Dylan Baker. It is Carrie-Anne's inclination towards thought-provoking filmmakers that has inspired her to lend her success to many other indie projects including Normal, Silent Hill, Elephant Song, Pompeii, Brain on Fire, The Bye Bye Man and more...

Throughout her career, Carrie-Anne has been attracted to compelling television projects as well, like Ryan Murphy's, before its time, one hour FOX pilot Pretty Handsome where she played the curious wife to a cross-dressing Joseph Fiennes while dealing with her society mother-in-law Blythe Danner; CBS's Vegas a sin city period piece playing Nevada's first woman District Attorney for James Mangold and Nicholas Pileggi, which also starred the lawful Dennis Quaid and gaming Michael Chiklis; and a guest starring arc throughout the second season of AMC's Humans, experimenting as a highly regarded scientist with a deeply personal agenda, working alongside Gemma Chan.

Carrie-Anne Moss has recently completed her third and final season as the powerful and enduring attorney "Jerry Hogarth" navigating her way through the Marvel universe in Jessica Jones for Netflix opposite Krysten Ritter and for show runner Melissa Rosenberg. In between seasons she tucked into the first bi-lingual English/Norwegian detective crime series Wisting, as an FBI agent that is following the leads to catch a serial killer in the Norwegian landscape. Adapted from the popular William Wisting detective series by novelist Jørn Lier Horst, Wisting international sales are being handled by distributor Cinenord.

Marvel's Jessica Jones season three is expected to launch on Netflix in the spring of 2019.

--March 2019--

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Hodgson Management Group (March 2019)

Spouse (1)

Steven Roy (11 November 1999 - present) ( 3 children)

Trivia (39)

Attended high school with Gil Bellows.
Her husband, Steven Roy, is an actor.
Was a character in a television show also named Matrix (1993).
Has starred with each of the three main actors from The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) in separate films: Hugo Weaving in The Matrix (1999), Guy Pearce in Memento (2000) and Terence Stamp in Red Planet (2000).
Recommended Joe Pantoliano for Memento (2000)
Was named after The Hollies' 1967 song "Carrie Anne", which was on the charts when she was born.
Appeared in three movies with Joe Pantoliano within the space of two years: The Matrix (1999), New Blood (1999) and Memento (2000).
Best friend is actress Maria Bello.
Meredith Brooks is a close friend
She's godmother of Maria Bello's son Jack
Maria Bello is the godmother of her first son
Toured Europe with her high school choir.
Has been good friends with Jada Pinkett Smith since the filming of The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003).
Daughter of Barbara Moss.
Has an older brother named Brooke Moss.
Graduated from Magee Secondary School in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
Graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts 1988.
Considered for the role of Melissa Robinson in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994).
Was the first member of her family to leave Canada.
Has worked with her husband Steven Roy in the mockumentary Sledge: The Untold Story (2005), but they have no scenes together.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 36, a son Owen Roy in September 2003. Child's father is her husband, Steven Roy.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 38, a son Kaden Roy in November 2005. Child's father is her husband, Steven Roy.
Gave birth to her 3rd child at age 41, a daughter Frances Beatrice Roy in June 2009. Child's father is her husband, Steven Roy.
Costume designer for her latest series Vegas (2012), found a turquoise ring specially for her. She liked it so much that she has been wearing the ring all the time on the set. If you look closely at her hands on her scenes, you can see the ring.
Returned to work approximately five months after she gave birth to her second child to star in Disturbia (2007) (March 2006).
Gave birth to her second child in her home.
She and her husband Steven Roy, sold their 2,468 square feet home in Los Angeles in November 2004 for $1.1M, according to public records. They later purchased a 3,832 square feet home in April 2006 for $3.4M. It is also in Los Angeles.
Was born in Vancouver, spent her early years in Burnaby and moved to Granville Island as a teenager.
Her father's name is Melvyn Moss.
She was present at the baby shower party thrown by Hilary Swank for actress Mariska Hargitay among other celebrities such as Jodie Foster, Debra Messing and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, in June 2011.
She met her husband Steven Roy in a Hollywood acting class during the week she got her parts in Memento (2000), Red Planet (2000) and The Crew (2000).
Her previous professions included modeling and waitressing. Before becoming a model, she started working in restaurants when she was age 14.
One of her favorite movies is Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961).
According to the casting directors of the series Ellie Kanner and Russell Gray, she was once in the running for Sarah Jessica Parker's part Carrie on Sex and the City (1998), along with Lisa Edelstein, Melora Hardin and Brenda Strong. Had she gotten the role, she would not be able to shoot The Matrix (1999), for which she gained international recognition.
She has been in several plays including Outward Bound in Los Angeles as well as in productions of Time of Your Life, Stage Door and The Sound of Music.
In an interview with The Harvard Crimson, she said that Field of Dreams (1989) made her realize that she wanted to live her dreams and risk things for what she dreamed of.
There was an action figure of her character Trinity in The Matrix (1999). She got one for free and gave it to her mother and later, she bought one for her husband.
As of 2018, she has worked with 3 trans directors in different feature films: Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski in The Matrix (1999), The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003); and M.J. Bassett in Silent Hill: Revelation (2012).
Has been friends with Kathleen Quinlan since the earlier times of her career.

Personal Quotes (10)

After The Matrix (1999), I cannot wear sunglasses. As soon as I put them on, people recognize me.
I think dreams are important to inspire us to get out of bed every morning.
A sex scene is much harder than a fight scene. It's one thing to say, 'Kick higher,' but 'Kiss harder' - that's just crazy.
I wouldn't play another character like Trinity out of respect to her and respect to the film. I don't want to be the leather-clad, kicking-butt girl with another name. It would be like cheating on Trinity.
I don't have issues with playing moms. When a role is well-written, whatever it is, it's just about playing the truth of the character. I always wanted to be a mother. I love it.
Where it gets clear for me about the privacy issue is with my kids because they didn't choose this kind of life. I'm an incredibly open person, though -- I'll tell anyone anything. My husband jokes that I'll invite people over for dinner and he won't know who they are or where I met them. But in my work world, I've never really been tempted to tell too much of my story.
I shoplifted. I was about five years old, and I took a candy from a store. We paid for three of them, but I took four, and I went home and cried. My mom took me back, and I paid for the missing piece.
To be honest, I didn't find it that difficult to get past The Matrix. I never felt typecast at all.
I've always been that girl. Tell me that I can't do something and I'll do it.
[in 2014] Yes I'm still in contact with my Matrix family. Life gets busy for all of us but the connection is always there.

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