Carrie-Anne Moss talks “Matrix,” “Mission: Impossible 3”

By Paul Martin August 25th, 2004, in Interviews, The Matrix Cast

On, they have an interview with Trinity. Carrie-Anne Moss sat down with Devin Faraci, and talked about Suspect Zero, M:I 3, and The Matrix, among other things. Here’s a few of my favorite excerpts from the interview that you can read in it’s entirety here: :

Q: Are you still doing “Mission: Impossible 3”?

MOSS: Yeah I am. We’re shooting it in Germany, by the way. We’re shooting it next year in Germany.

Q: Do you have a director yet?

MOSS: I think so. JJ Abrams. That’s what I’m hearing.

Q: Are you psyched to work with him?

MOSS: Yeah. I’ve been a big fan of “Alias” for a long time.

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Q: Have you gotten the final script yet?

MOSS: I have gotten a draft. I don’t know if it’s the final shooting script.

Q: Were you doing any kind of training before the project got put on hold?

MOSS: Yep. I can’t tell you ‘cause it would tell you about my character and I’m not allowed to tell you. But it was fun.

Q: Was it anything like the training for “The Matrix”?

MOSS: It was different. It wasn’t as many hours a day as the “Matrix” training. It wasn’t quite as hard. There’s a little bit of wire [work].

Q: Are you looking for a project to fill in that gap now that the project has been pushed back?

MOSS: I don’t know. I’m reading things. I have a kid now so my family is my number one priority so every moment that I have, that I don’t have to work, is really great. I have a baby who’s too much fun to be with so it’s actually a great thing for me.

Q: You’ve had an interesting career with some of the physical work in the “Matrix” but then also some other stuff like “Chocolat” or “Memento.” Do you purposely go from script-to-script looking for something different or do you take whatever pops up at the moment?

MOSS: Whatever pops up in the moment. I feel like movies pick me and I pick them. I don’t know why. Like when “Memento” came along, it was such a great script and I’ve been reading a ton of scripts and I never thought, in a million years, that he would hire me for it. And then he did and I had a great time making it and I had no idea it was going to be so successful. Then “Chocolat,” I didn’t think I would get that movie and then that was so much fun, because I got to work with Juliette Binoche and Judi Dench. And “The Matrix,” I never thought in a million years I’d get that movie for sure! But then that movie really opened up all these doors for me. Because of “The Matrix,” I’ve gotten so many opportunities. But I really don’t have any kind of strategy for my career. I don’t believe in strategy in this business. I just don’t believe in it. It would make me crazy to think that I could somehow be in the right movie or do the right thing. My husband and I have said that you got to give me three good reasons. Sometimes it’s a line in the movie that touches my heart. It could be a line that somebody else says. In this one, it’s about the remote viewing, which is why I was interested in it. So it made me look at it again. It was a coincidence that I had been thinking about it. Then the actors, and the director…

Q: What was the downside about starring in “The Matrix”?

MOSS: I don’t think there was one. It was such a joy. It was such a joy to be part of it.

Q: If the Wachowskis asked you to do something with your character again for comics or cartoons or whatever, would you do it? Do you feel like you’re close enough to your character to do it?

MOSS: No, they are. They are much closer. They gave me her, completely and totally. But I would do anything for them. I’d bring them coffee and be their assistant. They’re just the greatest people. I miss them so much.

Q: There’s talk that there might be some big Matrix DVD set. Do you know anything about that? Have they approached you to do anything for it?

MOSS: I haven’t heard about it.

Q: Are you upset they killed you off at the end?

MOSS: No, I loved it. They let me do my death on my last day of work. So that was a really emotional day for me, saying good-bye to that character, and saying good-bye to my crew and cast. My dialogue, first take, I couldn’t even speak. I was all snotty and teary. “O.K., let’s clean her up and try it again! A little less emotion.” “I can’t help it!”

Q: What was the most memorable experience you had with a Matrix fan?

MOSS: I have a little tiny life where I don’t get to meet anybody. On the first “Matrix,” our D.P. Bill Pope, his daughter Savannah was at an age where she was eight and she was really into me at the time. Now, she’s way too cool so she doesn’t give a crap. But she was really into the girl hero. She called me the girl hero and she would come to set in a little Matrix costume that they made for her, and she even wore it when it was getting too small for her. She would look at me and go, “Moss, you’re just my favorite girl hero. You’re like a supermodel!” I’d be like, “Ah, she makes me feel fantastic! No one has ever told me that before!” She was great. She was so cute.

Q: You did a film called “Sledge” right?

MOSS: Yeah, it’s the stunt guys from “The Matrix.” It’s a mockumentary and I just did a day for them, so I did a little thing for them. Just supporting the stuntmen, supporting my friends.

Q: How was working with Aaron on this?

MOSS: Great. He’s funny. I really enjoyed working with him. He’s a good actor. Very funny

Q: Have you considered outside of acting doing anything like directing?

MOSS: No way. Maybe when I was younger and I was like, “What should I do with my life?” But at this point, I feel like I’m so lucky to have this career. If I could do one movie a year and have my family and continue to have more children, you know? I’m not real driven anymore, I don’t think, like that. It’s too much.

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