Carrie-Anne Moss is opening up about the ageism she has faced as an actress.
At a recent event, the 53-year-old The Matrix actress recalled being offered a role playing a grandmother just one day after her 40th birthday.
“I had heard that at 40 everything changed. I didn’t believe in that because I don’t believe in just jumping on a thought system that I don’t really align with,” Carrie-Anne said while moderating a book event, THR reports.
“But 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,” Carrie-Anne continued. “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.”
Carrie-Ann went on to add that she didn’t want to have to change herself for the movie industry, but admitted it was “kind of brutal” seeing the transition in her career.
“You don’t feel like you’ve aged much and suddenly you’re seeing yourself onscreen,” Carrie-Anne said. “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.”