Carrie-Anne Moss: "Suspect Zero"
Carrie-Anne Moss was born on August 21, 1967 in Vancouver, Canada where she
began performing in musical theater at the age of 11. She later studied
acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California, and
moved to Europe after graduation where she soon found fame as a runway
The international cover girl arrived in Hollywood in 1993 and landed a lead
role on Matrix, a fantasy TV-series about a man who finds himself stuck in
"The City in Between" following a near death experience. Carrie-Anne next
appeared on another short-lived, television program, Models Inc., a spin-off
of Melrose Place.
Besides that, her career basically traded in her beauty, involving
appearances on shows like Baywatch, Street Justice, LA Law and Silk
Stalkings. However, everything changed for Moss in 1999 when she was cast as
Trinity in The Matrix opposite Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne. Since,
she has not only reprised that role in the rest of the hit trilogy, but she
has starred in such well-received features as Memento, Chocolat, and Red
In her new movie, SuspectZero, she plays the partner of an FBI agent (Aaron
Eckhart) on the trail of a rogue ex-agent (Ben Kingsley) who may be hunting
down and slaying serial killers vigilante-style. Carrie-Anne is married to
actor Steven Roy whose next picture, Skin Walker, a horror flick, is slated
to be released in September. When not working, the couple resides in
Toronto, which is where they are caring for their baby boy who was born
about a year ago.
KW: How are you enjoying motherhood?
: "It's unbelievable... beautiful... What a miracle. It makes you think,
what were you even doing before you had a kid."
KW: Didn't having a baby interfere with your career?
CAM: "I haven't really thought about it that way. I certainly see that no
matter what's going on in your life, if you go to where they are, everything
else is gone. And I love that. This has really been my favorite thing I've
ever experienced in my life. As it is for everybody. Everyone talks about
how your life changes."
KW: Were you ready for those changes?
CAM: "I always wanted to have children my whole life, since I was a kid. And
I can't believe I actually waited as long as I did. It's perfect, but I
can't wait to have a ton more. I just love it. It's the greatest thing I
KW: Sounds like you've really taken to being a mom.
CAM: "I ran into this woman the other day who must have been about 80. She
said, 'Just enjoy your baby.' And I said, 'Oh, I am, I am.' I could feel it
from her that it was so from her heart that I had to really take it in, even
though I already do. The whole parent thing is just so fascinating, I could
write a book."
KW: With your child almost a year old, I guess you're already seeing his
CAM: "He's his own person, for sure. But I think a lot of it is nurture,
too. I'm not an expert and I can't wait to have another kid, cause then you
probably see more, once you have more than one. I've seen friends of mine
have a second baby and go, 'Oh my God, they're not at all like the first
one.' And I'm like, 'Well, What did you think? I'm not like you; you're not
like me; I'm not like my brother.' Yet we think that babies are one way. But
they're not. All my friends' kids have different personalities and that's
KW: Will you still be able to enjoy acting if you're on the mommy track?
CAM: "Yeah, I think I have the greatest job in the world, not because it's
exciting or glamorous, which it's not really, though it has moments of being
quite glamorous, but because I just love people. When I go to work, it's
all about the crew and the other actors, and the connection I have with
KW: Your new picture, Suspect Zero, is a psychological crime thriller where
remote viewing [a combination of pre-cognition, clairvoyance and mental
telepathy] is employed as a key element. Were you okay with that?
CAM: "Oh, I think that remote viewing is a fascinating topic. I'm interested
in the spiritual nature of it because the mind is such a powerful thing. And
I had thought about it before I got this script because there was a guy on
Oprah who had written a book on remote viewing. He said the CIA was trying
to cover it up. I love Oprah. I think Oprah should be president just like
Michael Moore thinks that she'd be great."
KW: Do you have the ability to view remotely?
CAM: "I think we all have it in an instinctual way, if we're in touch with
it. Not in the way that the film is portraying it, but maybe there's a
certain part of the brain that we don't use. You know how when you're
talking to somebody and you say, 'Oh, I was just thinking that.' You're
thinking of someone and the phone rings. How many times has that happened
to you? It happened to me five times the other day. I was talking to a
friend and we're so connected that she was thinking about her daughter and I
asked her, 'How's your daughter?' She was like, 'Oh my God, I was just
thinking about her.' and I knew that she was. I could feel it. All of that
phenomenon is so in another dimension of thinking."
KW: Reminds me of The Matrix.
CAM: "Why did I love The Matrix? It's all about that, too, expanding the way
that you see the world. I'm all for seeing the veil lifted and using my mind
in that way."
KW: From your TV show Matrix to The Matrix trilogy to Memento to this new
movie, it seems that many of your roles involve deeper dimensions of the
mind. Is that because you're already open to such ideas?
CAM: "Here's the thing for me. When I'm reading a script, if there's one
line or one moment that I see an opening of the truth, I can go there.
Because I'm a creative person, I don't need absolute truth. I just need to
believe it for a flicker of a second. I'm not a scientific-minded person who
sees everything as black or white. There are so many shades of stuff going
on in the world, I think anything is possible."
KW: So, do you find these scripts by design or a coincidence?
CAM: "I tend to attract scripts I'm interested in, and they tend to attract
me. But you never know what is influencing you, because there's so much
going on for us all."
KW: What other extra sensory powers do you have?
CAM: "Know things without having any facts. Or meeting someone for the first
time and already really knowing them. Having a dream and then having that
dream happen. I think we all have that going on all the time. Like noticing
coincidences. Remember when that book The Celestine Prophecy came out?
I don't know about you, but I was like, 'Yeah, that's been happening
to me for a long time.' I think if you're really aware of that kind of
thing, and you're into it, you notice it. Whereas, I think it's happening
for everybody, it's just that some people don't notice it. I'm really into
having those moments of breakthroughs, of noticing the rhythm of life. I
would just be too bored otherwise. I need a little adventure along the way."
KW: Your next picture is going to be Mission: Impossible 3 with Tom Cruise,
Ving Rhames and Scarlet Johansson. What can you tell me about it that I can
have friends wondering, 'Hey, how does he know that?'"
CAM: "I'm not allowed to tell anybody anything. You're gonna get me fired!"
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