Carrie-Anne Moss

Carrie-Anne Moss in "The Matrix"

Carrie-Anne Moss in “The Matrix”

No one looks better kicking ass in a shiny, black leather jumpsuit than “The Matrix” sex symbol Carrie-Anne Moss, though we can’t even recall another example to compare her to. She’s certainly one of a kind (with a steamy attraction that most men can’t explain and never will), but when she steps out of her Trinity costume, she suddenly becomes unexplainably average. Named after the Hollie’s 1967 hit song, “Carrie-Anne,” the stunning actress was born in Vancouver and, under the care of her mother, began performing on stage at age eleven. After touring in Europe with her school choir during high school, Carrie-Anne enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, but quickly returned to Spain after graduating to pursue a modeling career. While posing for the camera across the Eastern Hemisphere, Carrie-Anne was offered her first role on the television series, “Dark Justice.” When the series shortly ended after switching its shooting location from Barcelona to Los Angeles, the still inexperienced actress was picked up by primetime soap opera guru, Aaron Spelling, for his new show, “Models Inc.”

Carrie-Anne continued to build up a resume full of several small roles on “Baywatch,” “Forever Knight,” “F/X: The Series” and even a few low-budget films before she was finally offered her “big break, after six arduous auditions, as the character Trinity for the cyberpunk hit, “The Matrix.” Once internet and film geeks caught a glance of the porcelain-skinned beauty in the black, latex cat-suit that would later define her career, Carrie-Anne became one of Hollywood’s hottest commodities. Afraid that she would be typecast as an action heroine, Carrie-Anne looked to expand her film career with dramatic roles in crowd-pleasers like “Chocolat” and “Memento,” but it wasn’t long before fans and critics alike were pleading for a follow-up to the 1999 sci-fi sensation. Fans got their follow-up – in fact, they got two – but it seemed like the actress wasn’t especially proud of her return to the action genre. Regardless of what she wants, Carrie-Anne is undoubtedly one of the best-suited, female action stars in Hollywood today, and we can’t wait for more.

We featured Carrie-Anne and her Trinity character in our Looks That Kill – How Chicks Who Kick Ass feature. Here’s a badass photo of her as Trinity in “The Matrix”:

Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity in "The Matrix"

Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity in “The Matrix”

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Carrie-Anne Moss on the Screen

As a struggling actress looking to break into the business, guest appearances on TV are an absolute must, and Carrie-Anne made the best of it with short stints on “L.A. Law” and “Baywatch” before nabbing her own starring roles in short-lived series like “Dark Justice,” Aaron Spelling’s “Models Inc.,” “F/X: The Series” and even a Canadian show called “Matrix.” After a long chain of unsuccessful TV series and a few low-budget films, Carrie-Anne got the role of a lifetime in the widely unknown sci-fi film, “The Matrix,” as the leather-clad rebel, Trinity. Since becoming a massively popular film star with the surprising success of “The Matrix” and its quick-following sequels, Carrie-Anne has become in high demand. After a few, less-than-average film roles in “Memento” and “Red Planet,” the sleek actress looks to rebound with a few upcoming films that should put her back on the top as the Queen of the Action Film.

Carrie-Anne Says

On being famous:
“After ‘The Matrix,’ I cannot wear sunglasses. As soon as I put them on, people recognize me.”