Milla Jovovich, the American model, actress, fashion designer and musician is also known as, ‘the reigning queen of kick-butt’. Starting her modeling at a very young age, she was not even in her teens when she was featured for the first time on a magazine cover. A gifted actress, she owes her achievements to her prodigious talents and her beauty. Gaining recognition from the early movies such as ‘Blue Lagoon’ (1991) and ‘Dazed and Confused’ (1993), she was catapulted to great fame through the film, ‘The Fifth Element’ by Luc Besson. After getting a breakthrough, she never looked back, and appeared in numerous science fiction and action films. She was not someone who was known only for her acting her skills and modeling endeavor, as she also earned great acclaim for her talent as a singer, song writer and a musician with the release of the ‘Divine Comedy’. She won several awards and honors for her wide array of work. She is also involved in numerous charitable works including the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. With her charismatic performances as an actress and hit songs, she continues to mesmerize the audience all over the world.
- Milla Jovovich was born in Kiev, Ukraine to a Serbian doctor, Bogdanovitch Jovovich and a Russian actress, Galina Loginova Jovovich. Jovovich’s family moved to Sacramento in California when she was five years old. She completed her education from Excelsior High School in Los Angeles.She started modeling at a very young age and her initial assignment was with Revlon,shot by the iconic photographer, Richard Avedon.At the age of 11, she posed for her first magazine cover, for an Italian magazine, ‘Lei’.Career
- She marked her entry into films when at the age of fifteen she played the lead role in ‘Return to the Blue Lagoon’, released in 1991.She also played small but memorable roles in films including Charlie Chaplin's child-bride in ‘Chaplin’ (1992) and a guitar-playing hippie in ‘Dazed and Confused’ (1993).As a singer and songwriter, she came up with her debut album, ‘The Divine Comedy’, released in 1994, when she was just eighteen.She took a small break from acting to focus on her music career and returned to the big screen in 1997 with a lead role in Luc Besson directed science fiction film 'The Fifth Element', alongside Bruce Willis and Gary Oldman. She played the orange haired Leeloo, a genetically engineered woman with supernatural powers and revealing costumes.She worked with Besson once again in the 1998 historical drama, ‘The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc’. The film had extensive battle scenes and Jovovich had to cut her hair short for the role.In 2002, she starred in the movie 'Resident Evil' based on eponymous video game series. She trained in karate, kickboxing, and combat-training to perform the stunts in the film.She also starred in sequels of the Resident Evil series released in 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2012, respectively.Apart from making her mark as an action heroine, she also earned great appreciation for her roles in dramatic films, ‘A Perfect Getaway’ and ‘Stone’, both released in 2009,.In the meantime, she also continued her modeling career representing cosmetic brands like L’Oreal and major designers including Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Ann Taylor.During the period between 2003 and 2008, she worked alongside Carmen Hawk in designing the women’s fashion line, Jovovich-Hawk which was well received by the fashion world.Apart from her acting, she is also a member of numerous philanthropic groups which includes, ‘The Foundation for AIDS Research’ and the ‘Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’.Major Works
- ‘The Divine Comedy’ is her first and only studio album which was released in 1994. The album earned positive reviews and its single, "Gentleman Who Fell", charted at number 21 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.‘The Peopletree Sessions’ is an electronic or folk or rock album by Emit Bloch and Milla Jovovich, released in 1998/1999. In 2000, the album was chosen as the 'CD of the Week' and was given 4/5 stars by the Guardian newspaper.‘Resident Evil’, one of the highly successful movies which she starred in, earned her great worldwide fame and she became one of the A-list action stars in Hollywood.Awards & Achievements
- In 1992, she was nominated for Young Artist Award for her performance in the film, ‘Return to the Blue Lagoon’.In 1997, she received the nomination for the Saturn Best Supporting Actress award, Blockbuster Entertainment Favorite Newcomer Award and MTV Movie Best Fight Scene Award for her performance as Leeloo in ‘The Fifth Element’.In 2002, she was again nominated for the Saturn Best Actress Award for her role in ‘Resident Evil’.She won the Best Actress in a sci-fi/action film for her role in ‘Resident Evil: Extinction’ in 2008.Personal Life & Legacy
- She married thrice; her first marriage was to Shawn Andrews in 1992 though it ended in an annulment two months later. Her second marriage was to director Luc Besson in 1997; the couple divorced two years later.She married the film director and writer, Paul W. S. Anderson on 22nd of August 2009. The couple has a daughter, Ever Gabo Anderson.Trivia
- Being a claustrophobic, the famous actress said that the scariest thing she ever did was for the scene in "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" where she had to remain alone in a small tank.Fluent in English, this prominent celebrity also speaks French, Serbian and Ukrainian quite well.This actress practices martial arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
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