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FIDO

CARRIE-ANNE MOSS (Helen)

"I play Helen who is Timmy's mom,” explains the stunning Carrie-Anne Moss about her role in FIDO. "She's living in a bubble of pretense and wants desperately to appear perfect with the perfect home, child, and husband. It matters deeply to her how she looks to others and how her family looks to others: Living that 1950's ideal a lot of people felt pressured to live.

"In the journey of the film we get to see how she loses some of that overwhelming need. I always saw her as sad, lonely, and very disconnected from herself. It's a lovely journey for her to become more human through her relationship with Fido, the zombie. People always laugh when I say that, but it's through this relationship that she finds her own humanity. She and Fido are very similar: He's dead, the walking dead at least, and so is she. So is everyone in the movie, really. Theopolis is the only one who is more alive than dead.

"When I read the script, I thought it was fantastic. I loved imagining all the actors playing the role, and having such a great time with it. I tend to be attracted to things with an edge of darkness to them, a dark sense of humor. And yet I felt this story had such a light at the end and that always appeals to me a lot. I loved reading it. I didn't know if I was right for it, but I loved reading it so I wanted to move forward with it.

"When the script first came I wasn't pregnant, but I found out shortly thereafter. I wasn't planning on working and I almost expect people don't want to work with pregnant actresses (for many reasons I suppose but mostly because you're physically changing so much it's hard to shoot around), so I said to my manager "I really want to do this film but only if they're excited about me being pregnant.” I didn't want to get that vibe that it's a hassle, because if that's the case I'd rather be at home doing yoga.

"And the thing about my pregnancy was it did sort of affect my take on the role. The themes were always important of course—change, hope, and the possibility of transformation. Still, as a woman, some of the things the movie says are so absurd it just makes you cringe. Certainly we take it to an extreme level to make it funny but still.

"For example, seeing a father who's not involved and realizing there was a whole generation of kids not involved with their dads. And slavery. Zombies as slaves and as a metaphor for how we've enslaved so many kinds of people over the centuries. How wrong and sad to see people used by the rich.

"Imagine the phrase better life through containment. A character at one point says that word "containment” to my husband about me. It makes me rage to think about, and about how far we've come that luckily that's not a reality anymore.

"Containment. Of women. I think it's Henry who says it and when I heard it I decided right then and right there I didn't like him. Not Henry of course, but his character Bottoms. And Henry was like ‘are you sure you don't like my character right here? It's not later you hate him?' And I'm like ‘NOPE, I don't like you right now!'” laughed Moss.

"The fantastic thing about Carrie-Anne,” remembered Currie, "was that she knew there were certain controversial elements her character goes through in the film, but she understood what was driving those elements and totally embraced them.”

"When she signed on and we knew she was pregnant, it became clear very close to production that she was going to be bigger than we planned so we wrote the pregnancy into the storyline.

"Interestingly, for me it added this beautiful layer of added depth to the whole thing because the film is about life and death. So having this new life in her was really quite poignant”

"Everyone was so great, and then it worked into the script and made so much sense,” agreed Moss. "I didn't want i

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