Milla Jovovich

Milla Jovovich

Actor
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Life Story

Milla Jovovich is an Ukrainian-born actress, supermodel, fashion designer, singer and public figure, who was on the cover of more than a hundred magazines, and starred in such films as The Fifth Element (1997), Ultraviolet (2006), and the Resident Evil (2002) franchise.

Milica Bogdanovna Jovovich was born on December 17, 1975 in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (now in Ukraine). Her Serbian father, Bogdan Jovovich, was a medical doctor in Kiev. There, he met her mother, Galina Jovovich (née Loginova), a Russian actress. At the age of 5, in 1981, Milla emigrated with her parents from the Soviet Union, moving first to London, UK, then to Sacramento, California, and eventually settled in Los Angeles. There her parents worked as house cleaners for the household of director Brian De Palma. Her parents separated, and eventually divorced, because her father was arrested and spent several years in prison.

Young Milla Jovovich was brought up by her single mother in Los Angeles. In addition to her native Russian, she also speaks Serbian and English. However, in spite of her cosmopolitan background, Milla was ostracized by some of her classmates, as a kid who emigrated from the Soviet Union amidst the paranoia of the Cold War. Many emotional scars had affected her behavior, but she eventually emerged as a resilient, multi-talented, albeit rebellious and risk-taking girl. She was coached by her actress mother since her childhood, first at home, then studied music, ballet, and acting in Los Angeles.

Family

Paul W.S. Anderson (22 August 2009 - present) ( 2 children)

Trivia

Her name is pronounced Mee-la Yo-vo-vitch.
Mother is Russian actress Galina Jovovich.
Father is a Serbian pediatrician, from Belgrade Serbia, who moved to Russia and married her mother there.
Frequently attends big show business events such as celebrity parties, premieres, openings, fashion shows and awards shows. Is a fixture in magazine paparazzi sections because of this.
Has been on the cover of more than one hundred magazines worldwide.
Once fronted a band called Plastic Has Memory.
Voted the Sexiest Female Movie Star in the Australian Empire magazine. [September 2002]
While filming the movie Dazed and Confused (1993), she eloped with actor Shawn Andrews to Las Vegas, Nevada. It was 1992 and several months before she turned 17. Since she was only 16 at the time, her mother had the marriage annulled.
Performed almost all of her own stunts in Resident Evil (2002).
Attended high school with Christina Applegate; then later made a guest appearance on Married with Children (1986).
Her music video "The Gentleman Who Fell" is based on Maya Deren's short film Meshes of the Afternoon (1943).

Personal Quotes 

I think that's one of the only reasons God created celebrities. To help those who can't help themselves.
[on The Fifth Element (1997)] I worked like hell. No band practice, no clubs, no pot, nothing.
[on Resident Evil (2002)] If this movie was made in America they would have had a guy and we would have been his harem or entourage. Big studios don't trust that women will bring in that kind of audience, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) was really an exception to the rule. Most of the time, if you make a big action film there has to be a big action guy in it. It's very European to trust a woman to play that kind of a role.
I'm a dabbler.
About Madonna: Oh, my God! I used to ride my bicycle around for hours in the garage of our apartment building singing "Material Girl". (In Style magazine, September 2006).
[on Resident Evil (2002)] We've got really infantile mentalities on this movie. We're like: "It's gross - cool! It's disgusting - print it!". You have to think like a fifteen-year-old. Wet dress. Zombies. Guns. Cool!
To be an actor, you have to know yourself really well. That's been a major thing for me, to really understand why I do things.
It's going to seem idiotic to say this, but I think that at a given moment we all need a place to ourselves where we can refuge ourselves and cut ourselves off from the world.

Filmography

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