Milla Jovovich: A Star In Every Sense of the Word

“I’ve been a fanboy since Milla Jovovich was first released upon the cinematic world in leather and latex in the first Resident Evil movie.” I said that previously. What I didn’t talk about is all the other movies that Milla Jovovich had a role in. More than just an actress that gave a new dimension to a beloved game series, Milla is an enduring actrees. In an age of instant fame for stars, Milla has proven her staying power in Hollywood. She has appeared in numerous science fiction and action films, leading VH1 to deem her the “reigning queen of kick-butt” in 2006.

Born Milica Bogdanovna on December 17, 1975 in Ukraine, Milla’s career includes stints as an actress, a supermodel, a fashion designer, singer,  and as a public figure. She  studied music, ballet, and acting in Los Angeles. Quite impressive right? The fact that she can rock a latex and leather bodysuit is a definite bonus for the guys (and some of you girls, too).

She was spotted by famous photographer Richard Avedon at the age of 11, and was rocketed to international fame.  She made her first professional model contract at the age of 12, and soon made it to the cover of ‘The Face’, ‘Vogue’, ‘Cosmopolitan’ and many other magazines. The total number of her magazine covers worldwide was over one hundred by 2004, and she made $10.4 million, becoming the highest paid supermodel in the world.  Milla continues to shoot with the fashion industry’s most famous photographers, including Peter Lindbergh, Mario Sorrenti, Craig McDean and Inez & Vinoodh.

Milla made her acting debut in the Disney TV movie The Night Train to Kathmandu(1988) and she made guest appearances on television series including Married with Children (1987), Guns of Paradise (1988) and Parker Lewis Can’t Lose (1990). In 1988, at age 12, she made her film debut credited as Milla in a supporting role in Two Moon Junction (1988) by writer/director Zalman King. During the 1980s and early 1990s, she played several supporting roles as a teenage actress in film and on television, then starred in Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991). In 1997, she co-starred opposite Bruce Willis in the sci-fi blockbuster The Fifth Element(1997), then starred as the title character of The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc(1999).

In the early 2000s, she appeared with Mel Gibson in Wim Wenders’ The Million Dollar Hotel (2000) which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. She co-starred with Wes Bentley and Sarah Polley in The Claim (2000) and in Ben Stiller’s Zoolander (2001), a spoof of the world of high-fashion. Milla got glowing reviews opposite Oscar-winner Adrien Brody and Illeana Douglas in Dummy (2002). Milla returned to the big screen in the spring of 2006 as action heroine Violet in the futuristic film Ultraviolet (2006) directed by Kurt Wimmer.

Milla has been married four times and divorced three, holding to the pattern of a true Hollywood A-lister. She has three chilldren from those marriages. Not just a family girl and hot mom, Milla also plays a major part in charitable work as Master of Ceremonies and co-chair with Elizabeth Taylor for the amfAR and Cinema Against AIDS events, and has been heavily involved with The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, as well as The Wildlands Project.

Now that you know a little more about Milla, you can appreciate why I’m such a fanboy. This is a woman your Mother would be proud of, and guarantees excitement in your life. If you can’t get a date with her, don’t worry. Like millions of fans around the world, your Milla daydreams can keep you almost as entertained as the real thing.

Stefan Lear

I'm an international vagrant that is chasing immortality and making love to polar bears when I'm not creating worlds of wonder. Welcome to my Army of Darkness.

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