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    Carrie-Anne Moss Got Real About Ageism And Being Offered A "Grandmother" Role When She Turned 40

    "It's not easy being in this business."

    Carrie-Anne Moss has starred in many films and TV shows throughout her career, and you definitely know her from The Matrix trilogy.

    Carrie-Anne Moss in The Matrix Reloaded
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    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.

    Carrie-Anne Moss at a screening of season three of Jessica Jones
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    After saying that she initially didn't believe that "at 40 everything changed" in Hollywood, Moss' mind was changed when she turned the age herself.

    Moss in Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
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    "Literally the day after my 40th birthday, I was reading a script that had come to me," Moss remembered, "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.'"

    Moss sits by a tree in the film Normal
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    "I may be exaggerating a bit, but it happened overnight. I went from being a girl to the mother to beyond the mother."

    Moss in the film Snow Cake
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    Moss also opened up about the unrealistic standards that female-identifying actors face when it comes to changing their looks: "I would look at these French and European actresses and they just had something about them that felt so confident in their own skin."

    Carrie-Anne Moss in Fido
    Lions Gate / courtesy Everett Collection

    "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."

    Moss in Mini's First Time
    First Independent Pictures / courtesy Everett Collection

    But Moss is still going strong in the biz anyway — and she's set to appear in the fourth Matrix movie, which should be seeing release later this year. Exciting stuff!

    Moss and Keanu Reeves in The Matrix
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