53-year-old star actress Carrie-Anne Moss, who starred in various films and TV shows best known for playing Trinity in the Matrix talks about Ageism in Hollywood. During a conversation with actor and author Justine Bateman in support of Bateman’s new book Face: One Square Foot of Skin, Moss talked about how she’s experienced ageism in Hollywood during her acting career.
“Literally the day after my 40th birthday, I was reading a script that had come to me and I was talking to my manager about it. She was like, ‘Oh, no, no, no, it’s not that role ‘you’re reading for,’ it’s the grandmother. I may be exaggerating a bit, but it happened overnight. I went from being a girl to the mother to beyond the mother.” she said.
She went on to admit that seeing your appearance change onscreen can be “kind of brutal,”
“You don’t feel like you’ve aged much and suddenly you’re seeing yourself onscreen,” she said, adding, “I would look at these French and European actresses and they just had something about them that felt so confident in their own skin. I couldn’t wait to be that. I strive for that. It’s not easy being in this business. There’s a lot of external pressure.”
But Moss is still strong going as an actress. She’s set to be in the fourth Matrix releasing this year.