Carrie Anne Moss (Dr Athena Morrow) Photo: Colin Hutton/Kudos/Channel 4/AMC
The Matrix. Those are the only two words I need to say before Carrie-Anne Moss comes to mind. Like most actors who have played iconic roles  – Carrie Fisher, Sigourney Weaver et al – it seems the Canadian-born actress will never run away from her ass-kicking role as Trinity.
But that’s not to say it’s a bad thing, as we found out during our interview with Moss over the phone from Santa Monica, California.

Forever Trinity?

Carrie-Anne Moss
Yup, that was her. ©Melinda Sue Gordon, Warner Bros. Pictures
Take her two current projects for example: Moss plays hard-as-nails lawyer Jeri Hogarth in the Marvel TV universe (Jessica Jones and the upcoming The Defenders), and now AI expert Dr Athena Morrow in sci-fi series Humans. Once again, Moss plays the archetype of a strong female character. One has to wonder if this is what defines the 49-year-old. Are leather-wearing, ass-kicking, strong female roles her “thing”?
Bearing in mind that this could potentially blow up in my face (God knows how many Trinity questions she had to endure before I had my 15 minutes with her). I bravely questioned her penchant for strong female roles. A pause. Then a pleasant, but a little exasperated reply came.
“Yeah… I don’t know. I think I’m attracted to strong characters and strong characters are attracted to me. Maybe people think like, oh, I could see her in that part because I played Trinity. Or I’m tall, or have good posture. Who knows! I haven’t really paid attention to try and figure it out.”
She seemed to ponder the PC way to answer the question because it eventually settled on her saying this: “When it comes to roles, it’s timing. I think it’s a gift that I tend to end up doing things that I’m interested in exploring. I mean it just works that way.”
But being the brave, relentless reporter that I am, I pushed forward, and asked for her thoughts on how roles for females have evolved since the days of The Matrix to the Marvel-esque worlds we see today. What a mistake.
“I don’t know, I think the world is different and I really haven’t pondered that question. I know a lot of people like to talk about how far we’ve come and that conversation is big, but I don’t know… I have no idea.”
I could feel her rolling her eyes all the way across the globe. So I gathered the remains of my shattered dignity (because no one wants to feel like their question is dumb.) and prodded the interview into a happier place for both of us: Humans, whose second season recently aired in the UK.

The Great British Export: Sci-fi television shows

Humans takes place in the near future, where society depends on AI helpers called synths. The series follows a group of synths who become sentient and the people who help them. So far, so Westworld, though the series actually debuted a full year before HBO’s.
Moss plays Dr Athena Morrow, a somewhat ambiguous tech genius who specialises in artificial intelligence and is fascinated by the new, sentient synths. Like Westworld, The Matrix, AI: Artificial Intelligence and many other shows, the series ponders a future overrun by the machines. But what fascinates Moss is the humanity displayed by the synths.
“I love the (human) family! But I also love the synth family too! Honestly I love every single character. There were so many moments that I found just breathtaking, but what I love about English sensibilities is that the show is so grounded and so… delicious to watch.”
But while she made her name in science fiction and is coming to prominence again thanks to a superhero TV series, it’s not the kind of roles that Moss seeks out. 
“Honestly, I’m really not that interested in high-conceptualised… things. Speaking purely as somebody watching TV, I’m interested in layers of characters, in family, in the ideas of love. I might not have thought to watch a show like Jessica Jones, or Humans, but when I watched both shows, it was the characters I cared about.”
Finally, I had to ask Moss how close she thought our society was to bringing AI into our world.
“I think we’re close!” she says immediately. “I think our phones are a good example of that. I actually feel like we’re all becoming synths!” she laughs.
Humans Series 2 premieres exclusively on AMC (Singtel TV Channel 332) at 10pm on Tuesday, February 14.