NEW YORK (AP) — An actor reportedly said he felt like the character Neo from the movie “The Matrix” — “hearing voices and feeling powerful” — before he allegedly hacked his mother to death with a sword in her New York apartment.

Michael Brea, in an interview with the Daily News published Friday, reportedly said he killed what he calls “the demon inside her.”

He’s being held in a hospital psychiatric ward on murder and other charges.

His relatives issued a statement Friday calling him a “compassionate, gentle, intelligent, spiritual and loving man” who was “not well” before Yanick Brea’s death Tuesday.

The 31-year-old Brea reportedly said her death was “the work of God.” She was 55.

Michael Brea had small roles in ABC’s now-canceled show “Ugly Betty” and the movie “Step Up 3D.”