Milla Jovovich Biography |
  • Milla Jovovich Biography

    Born: December 17, 1975 in Kiev, , Ukraine

    MILLA JOVOVICH has established herself as a highly regarded international model and actress. Jovovich (her name is pronounced “mee-luh” “yo-vo-vitch”) has transitioned effortlessly to full-time actress, starring in over two-dozen films.

    Jovovich was most recently seen in Julien Magnat’s thriller Faces in the Crowd, starring opposite Julian McMahon and David Atrakchi; Famke Janssen’s Bringing Up Bobby, with Bill Pullman and Marcia Cross; and Paul W.S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers, alongside Christoph Waltz, Matthew Macfadyen, Mads Mikkelsen and Juno Temple.

    Star of the Resident Evil franchise from the beginning, Jovovich reprised her role as Alice in the fourth installment of the series, Resident Evil:Afterlife. Written and directed by Anderson, the film was released nationwide in September 2010 and grossed $295 million worldwide.

    Jovovich was recently seen in John Curran’s thriller Stone, starring Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and Academy Award® nominee Edward Norton; Dirty Girl, with William H. Macy and Juno Temple; and the Russian production Lucky Trouble, co-starring Konstantin Khabenskiy and Ivan Urgant.

    At the age of 11, Jovovich was spotted by photographer Richard Avedon, who featured her in Revlon’s “Most Unforgettable Women in the World” advertisements. In 1987, she appeared on the cover of the Italian fashion magazine Lei, her first of many covers. In 1988, she signed her first professional modeling contract.

    Jovovich has appeared in hundreds of magazines and on dozens of covers. She has been featured in ad campaigns for brands including Banana Republic, Christian Dior, Damiani, Donna Karan, Gap and Versace. An international spokesmodel for L’Oréal cosmetics since 1998, Jovovich has also been seen recently in campaigns for ICB, Ann Taylor and Mercedes-Benz.

    In 1988, the actress made her feature-film debut in the romantic thriller Two Moon Junction. Her first leading role was in Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991), for which she was nominated for a 1991 Young Artist Award for “Best Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture.” Early film credits include Kuffs (1992), Chaplin (1992) and Dazed and Confused (1993).

    Jovovich’s breakout role was playing Leeloo, the “perfect being” in Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element (1997). She later starred in several other action movies including Ultraviolet (2006), A Perfect Getaway (2009) and The Fourth Kind (2009).

    Jovovich demonstrated her talent for comedy and drama in films such as He Got Game (1998), The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999), The Claim (2000), The Million Dollar Hotel (2000), Zoolander (2001), Dummy (2003), No Good Deed (2003) and You Stupid Man (2003).

    Jovovich is also a talented musician. In 1994, she released her critically acclaimed folk album, “The Divine Comedy.” She wrote the lyrics at age 15 and recorded the album when she was just 16. For “In a Glade,” a traditional Ukrainian folk song, Jovovich sings in her native tongue.

    For some time, Jovovich led a band called “Plastic Has Memory,” which played about a dozen shows in Los Angeles and New York City in 1999. Jovovich performed the song “Left and Right” at Fashion Rocks in London in 2003.

    She has also had songs on several albums, including two cover versions of Lou Reed’s “Satellite of Love” on The Million Dollar Hotel soundtrack (2000), “Rocket Collecting” on the Underworld soundtrack (2003), and “Shein Vi Di L’Vone” and “Mezinka” (Yiddish klezmer songs) on the Dummy soundtrack (2003).

    The actress is also a fixture in the fashion world. Jovovich-Hawk, a fashion line formed by Jovovich and Carmen Hawk in 2003, operated for five years. Jovovich-Hawk was a finalist in 2006 for the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)/Vogue Fashion Fund initiative. The popular fashion chain Mango released a Jovovich-Hawk collection in 2007.

    Jovovich is an ambassador for amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) and also supports several other charities, including OCRF (Ovarian Cancer Research Fund), The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, Wildlands Project and UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

    When she is not in production, Jovovich resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Paul W.S. Anderson and daughter, Ever.




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