With the success of The Matrix trilogy, Carrie-Anne Moss has gone from obscurity to Trinity, but she's not exactly leaving her tough-gal rep behind.
The 37-year-old actress, who gave birth to a son last September, is preparing to head to Germany with Tom Cruise next summer for Mission: Impossible 3. She's even set for more of the gravity-defying heroics that made her performance as Trinity so famous.
"When I finished with The Matrix I figured I'd never get on a wire again for those kind of stunts, I'd never do another action movie. I spoke too soon," she says.
"Now it looks like I will be doing some," she went on, not wanting to give up details on the Cruise project. "Just a bit."
Moss' entire career has been something of a high-wire act. The Vancouver native began modeling in Europe before donning Trinity's famous black suit. Along the way, she's distinguished herself in Memento, as a most convincing not-so-nice gal.
Now she's hitting theaters in Suspect Zero, in which she and Aaron Eckhart are FBI agents tracking a serial killer who kills other serial killers. Ben Kingsley plays the lead suspect, a former FBI agent turned vigilante, who seems to have acquired the psychic ability to get into the mind of other killers.
Perhaps it seems that Moss is expected to play tough characters, but she doesn't see it that way.
"When I start thinking about it, I don't know any women who aren't strong. Really I don't," she says. "Motherhood, raising a family, balancing a life, it requires toughness."
Moss never expected The Matrix to become one of the top-grossing films of all time, with the three films earning a combined $3 billion. And that required her to stop being, as she describes it, shy.
"It's sort of the turning point for me," she says. "I got the job when I turned 30, and it was this five years of just learning and dealing with the successful movie and all these things I dreamed of."
Moss married actor Steve Roy in 1999, just as she was on the cusp of fame. Now she's trying to live up to her own image of a hero, balancing motherhood with a career.
"I'm just lucky I can take my kid to work with me," she says, promising that he'll be with her when she goes to Germany.
"I'm very, very lucky."