Michael Gibson
August 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM EDT

Though Carrie’s mother is a vicious, fire-and-brimstone tyrant who uses her own Christianity as a cross and abuses her daughter in the name of the Lord, Moore hopes that her portrayal of Margaret will still manage to hold a few grains of humanity. “This woman has clearly had a psychotic break, perhaps several,” says Moore. “But what’s sad about it for me is that she’s clearly sick and here’s this poor child in the thrall of this person who is seriously ill. And on top of that, they have this mother-daughter relationship. So we want to make that relationship as meaningful as possible, even though it is horrible and destructive.”

Carrie hits theaters March 13, 2013.

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