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=Carrie-Anne Moss Interview=

Her interview -


MATRIX: How did you first come to get your part?

CARRIE-ANNE: I auditioned in the regular way, first for the casting director and then for the Wachowski brothers. After that I did this most amazing three day process of screen testing for the film. The first day of which was 3 hours of running, kung fu and taping all these different fights. A really intense 3 hours of just brutal training from which I couldn´t walk for days.

MATRIX: Have you ever done anything like that before?

CARRIE-ANNE: No, I have only ever done a karate aerobics class. I think the screen test felt so brutal because I tried so hard, I really went at it 190% so the screen testers would know that I could do it that hard, but afterwards I literally couldn´t walk. In my training for the film I tried to take it a little slower. During the government lobby scene just before I had to do my cartwheel on the wall, I hurt one of my ankles so badly I felt sure that I had broken it. I kept my boot on, which I think supported it. The adrenaline of those three days of fighting kept me going, and when the weekend came by I couldn´t walk. I still can´t walk every morning when I first get up, and that was what, four months ago?

MATRIX: Did the cast sport masseuse, Longie, help you any?

CARRIE-ANNE: Yes. Longie is the absolute king of our movie. He didn´t help my ankle so much because your ankle is a really difficult thing to heal, you just have to keep off of it, but there were a couple of mornings when I showed up for work with such severe neck pain that I couldn´t move my neck, and I was in tears thinking, ´Oh my god I´ve got to find him´. He really saved me. He helped me to get grounded at the beginning of the film as well, I was really nervous and unsure. He said some great things and helped me a lot, kept my body really open. But it has been painful work. I´m supposed to be getting a massage tomorrow, but I´m not going to Longie. I´m going somewhere I can get a really caressing massage; his are really intense. He really helped Larry and Keanu as well.

MATRIX: I understand that Larry and Andy (Wachowski: the directors) really wanted you in this film.

CARRIE-ANNE: It means a lot to me that they did. I was very overwhelmed with it all at first. I can imagine the extent to which they must have had to fight to have me in this film. I imagine that the powers that be in Hollywood would have wanted someone more famous. Those two guys must have believed in me so much.

MATRIX: Deservedly so, considering the footage coming in.

CARRIE-ANNE: I feel like I have really accomplished something. I have a couple of scenes where I think: ´I wish, I wish, I wish I could do that again´, but overall I feel really proud.

MATRIX: The part of Trinity was a physically demanding part. How was that to cope with?

CARRIE-ANNE: My first fight in the movie was unbelievable because I was doing things I had done well a couple of times, but wasn´t terribly consistent with. Sometimes I would get it and sometimes I wouldn´t. It was like being an athlete and hitting my peak. I hit my peak the days I shot. It was like this power that was bigger than me took over, and I felt it in such an amazing way. I had amazing confidence, which was one of the things that Yuen Ping [the fight choreographer] and his team really worked on with me, they said it was my biggest thing and I agree with them. They would say all you need is someone to believe in you, and they´re right.

MATRIX: I can´t imagine you´ve ever run up, or done flips, off of a wall.

CARRIE-ANNE: That cartwheel was one of the hardest things. I learned that three days before I had to do it, then I had to run up a wall which made it even harder. The weekend before I had to do it, I was in the training center in tears saying: ´I can´t do it, I can´t do it!´ I am very emotional. Amongst all these men I am the emotional faucet. If I don´t get something right I get tough and I want to do it again, but I also cry like a baby. I really didn´t think I would be able to do that one. Then my ankle went bad.

MATRIX: That happened before the cartwheel?

CARRIE-ANNE: Yes an hour before.

MATRIX: How did you manage?

CARRIE-ANNE: I have no idea. The nurse could not believe I could walk. I told her that she could not tell anybody. Well, everyone knew because I fell over on it and I was screaming: ´Oh no!´ But nobody knew the extent to how bad it was.

MATRIX: So how did you keep on filming?

CARRIE-ANNE: I honestly have no idea, I didn´t take anything. I guess it was just adrenaline, because as soon as the weekend came I couldn´t walk. And then Monday came and I was back on set and did it all over again. But I am paying for it now.

MATRIX: How about telling me about Larry and Andy.

CARRIE-ANNE: I love them. They are two incredible people, two of the greatest men I have ever met. As filmmakers they are brilliant. Just yesterday for instance, we did the last shot of the movie; they told me to just cross here and do this, and when I looked at the screen I was amazed because I had no idea of the shot they had created. The composition, their style, their unbelievable artistic creativity and the way that they shoot, every single frame is unbelievable.

MATRIX: Everything down to the smallest transition shot.

CARRIE-ANNE: Yes. And they are cool, they speak in a language that I understand, which is really unusual. Every once in a while I meet a director that I can get. I would be really happy to work the rest of my life with them, with Keanu and Laurence and Hugo. I would be so happy to never work with anyone ever again but I would be out of a job. I feel so completely spoiled. I have been a huge fan of theirs since I saw ´Bound´.

MATRIX: Was it a long shoot?

CARRIE-ANNE: It was 9 months for me. It has been the best time of my life.

MATRIX: What´s next?

CARRIE-ANNE: Rest. I have no idea. It is going to be hard to get another job. I have been spoiled with my first big movie. I couldn´t have been more lucky.

MATRIX: It´s been great seeing some of your scenes. That Government lobby sequence is amazing.

CARRIE-ANNE: Can you imagine it on the big screen! It´s going to be awesome. This was all so long ago that I am going to be blown away when I see it all again. We have been acting for the last month with no action, so it will be really fascinating.

MATRIX: What does ´The Matrix´ mean to you?

CARRIE-ANNE: When I first met the guys [Larry and Andy] I had not read the script, but had got the vibe of it from a couple of scenes that I had auditioned for. I got the script right after that and when I read it, it reminded me of one time at school when a teacher proposed this question to the class: ´What if, right now, our sitting in this classroom is just a dream? What if our lives are just dreams?´ And in that moment, even though we didn´t have big discussions about it, a seed was planted in my mind: it was the first time I thought that maybe life is not the way I was told and taught, maybe things are different. You grow up believing in evolution or religion or that the world is flat, and whatever you´ve been told is what you believe. I thought that day it could be something different, something I´m not aware of. Sometimes I´ll be walking through life and I´ll go, ´Am I dreaming? How do I know this isn´t a dream?´ That´s kind of the Matrix.

MATRIX: Thanks Carrie-Anne.

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