Militza Bogdanovna Jovovich (in Ukrainian Мiліца Богдановна Йовович, in Russian: Милица Богдановна Йовович), better known as Milla Jovovich (Kiev, Ukrainian SSR; December 17, 1975), is a singer of cinema, actress, director of woman and businesswoman of Russian descent.
She was born and spent her early years in Soviet Ukraine, subsequently acquiring American citizenship.1 She has played roles in several science fiction and action films, for which she was nicknamed “the rear-kicking queen” by the VH1 television channel.
She has also acted alongside renowned actors, such as Bruce Willis, Faye Dunaway, Ben Stiller,Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Pierce Brosnan, Angela Bassett, among others.
Jovovich began her modeling career at age eleven, when Richard Avedon featured her in the Revlon commercials, World’s Most Unforgettable Women, and continued her career with other notable campaigns for L’Oréal, Christian Dior, Donna Karan and Versace cosmetics.
In 1988, she had her first professional role in the television movie Night Train to Kathmandu, and that same year she starred in her first feature film: Two Moon Junction.
Later she had more appearances in television series such as Fair Exchange (1989), and in the same year a role of a French girl (then only 14 years old) in the series Married with Children, as well as other characters in small film productions. She gained notoriety with the romantic film Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991), the sequel to The Blue Lagoon.
He appeared in 1993 on Dazed and Confused alongside Ben Affleck and Matthew McConaughey. Jovovich later acted alongside Bruce Willis in the science fiction film The Fifth Element (1997), and starred in The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999).
In 2002, she starred in the Resident Evil video game adaptation, which spawned six films: Resident Evil (2002), Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010), Resident Evil. 5: Retribution (2012) and Resident Evil 6: The Final Chapter (2017).
In addition to his acting modeling career, Jovovich released a musical album, The Divine Comedy in 1994. He also continues to post demos of other songs on his official website and contributes movie soundtracks, however Jovovich has yet to release another album.
In 2003, she and model Carmen Hawk created the Jovovich-Hawk clothing line, which ceased operations in early 2008. In its third season before she disappeared, the pieces could be found at Fred Segal in Los Angeles, Harvey Nichols , and in more than 50 stores around the world. Jovovich also has her own production company, Creature Entertainment.
Personal Information of Milla Jovovich:
Full Name: Milica Bogdanovna Jovovich
Nick Name: Mila Jovovic
Date of Birth: December 17, 1975
Age: 44 Year Old Females
Birth Place: Kyiv, Ukraine
Birth Country: Ukraine
Nationality: American, Ukrainian
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Spouse/Ex-: Paul W. S. Anderson (M. 2009), Luc Besson (M. 1997–1999), Shawn Andrews (M. 1992–1992)
Father: Bogić Jovovic
Mother: Galina Jovovich
Siblings: Marco Jovovich
Children: Dashiel Edan Anderson, Ever Gabo Anderson
Eye Color: Green
Hair Color: Brown
Height: 5’9″ (175 cm),
Weight: 59Kg (130 Pounds)
Waist: 24 Inches
Body Type: Slim
Bra Size: 34B
Shoe Size: 9 US
Dress Size: 4 US
Body Measurements: 34-25-34
Net Worth: $40 Million
Active from: 1985 – Present
Early Years of Milla Jovovich:
Milla was born in Kiev, Ukraine Soviet Socialist Republic (Soviet Union), the only daughter of Bogdan Bogdanovich Jovovic, a Serbian pediatrician, and Galina Loginova, a stage actress of Russian ethnic descent.
Milla’s paternal family was wealthy, they come from Zlopek, near Pec, in the northwestern part of the Dukagjini Valley. Her paternal great-grandfather, Bogic Camic Jovovic, a nobleman, was head of the Vasojevici clan, as well as an officer of the royal guard of King Nicholas I of Montenegro;
His great-grandfather’s wife was named Milica, after whom Milla later received her name. Her paternal grandfather Bogdan Jovovic was a commander in the Pristina military zone, and later investigated finances in the Skopje and Sarajevo military areas,
where she discovered the massive embezzlement of gold; he was punished for refusing to report on a friend involved in the crime. Later, the government briefly jailed him at Goli Otok for refusing to testify. When he was afraid of being arrested again,
he fled to Albania, and later moved to Kiev. A different version of the story claims that he was the one who took the gold. Milla’s father, Bogich, later joined Bogdan in Kiev, where she and her sister graduated from medicine. In 2000, her grandfather, Bogdan Jovovic, died in Kiev.
In 1980, when Milla was 5 years old, her family left the Soviet Union for political reasons and moved to London. They later lived in Sacramento (California) before settling in Los Angeles seven months later; Milla’s parents later divorced.
Jovovich attended public schools shortly after arriving in the United States, and became fluent in English within three months. At school, many of the students used to tease her because she had emigrated from the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
Jovovich said: “They called me a communist and a Russian spy; I was never, never accepted by the group. At age 12, in the seventh grade, Jovovich dropped out of school to focus on modeling. He admitted to being a rebel in his teenage years, involvement with drugs, vandalismat a mall, and credit card fraud. In 1994, she became a US citizen.
Personal Life of Milla Jovovich:
Jovovich currently resides in Los Angeles and New York.
Jovovich married Shawn Andrews in 1992, whom he met while filming Dazed and Confused. Andrews was 21 years old, while Jovovich was 16; the marriage was annulled by her mother two months later.
Shortly after the cancellation, Jovovich moved to London with his friend and musician Chris Brenner, where he began living with Stuart Zender, former Jamiroquai bassist, from 1994 to 1995.
From 1995 to 1997, he had a relationship with Mario Sorrenti. In Las Vegas, she married The Fifth Element director Luc Besson in 1998, divorcing a year later.
Between 1998 and 2001, she became friends with the young poet and musician, Anno Birkin, and they were each behind the inspiration behind many of her compositions. Jovovich was linked to Birkin just before her death in a car accident. She also had a relationship with Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante.
On November 3, 2007, she gave birth to her first daughter, Ever Gabo, the result of her relationship with English filmmaker Paul W. S. Anderson, whom she married on August 22, 2009, having met during the filming of Resident Evil.
On August 19, 2014, the actress announced on her Facebook account that she was expecting her second baby with Anderson. Their daughter Dashiel Edan was born on April 1, 2015.
In August 2019, she confirmed that she is pregnant with her third daughter after having suffered a miscarriage two years earlier. Their daughter Osian was born on February 3, 2020.
Milla Jovovich is trilingual, speaking Russian, English and French.
Professional Life of Milla Jovovich:
At the age of nine, she began going to modeling auditions and landed a contract with the Prima modeling agency. At age eleven, Jovovich was spotted by photographer Richard Avedon.
Avedon was responsible for marketing for Revlon at the time, and selected Jovovich to appear with models Alexa Singer and Sandra Zatezalo in the Revlon ads for Most Unforgettable Women in the World.
In 1987, photographers Gene Lemuel and Pedro Duque photographed her at the age of twelve, and Lemuel later showed the photographs to Herb Ritts. Impressed, Ritts used them for the October 1987 cover of Italian fashion magazine Lei.
This was the first of her many covers. In 1988, she made her first professional modeling contract. Jovovich was one of the other models involved in the controversy over the industry’s use of too-young models.
Later Jovovich made the cover of The Face, which led to new contracts and covers for Vogue and Cosmopolitan. Since then, he has appeared on more than a hundred magazine covers, including Seventeen, Mademoiselle, Glamor, Harper’s Bazaar, and InStyle.
Her modeling careers have included various campaigns for Banana Republic, Christian Dior, Damiani, Donna Karan, Gap, Versace, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Coach, Giorgio Armani, H&M, and Revlon. Since 1998, Jovovich has been an “international spokesperson” for L’Oréal cosmetics. She also had a minor cameo in the novel Bret Easton Ellis Glamorama, a satire on society’s obsession with celebrities and beauty.
In an article published in 2002, she is told that Miuccia Prada and in an article published in 2003, Harpers & Queen claimed to Jovovich that designer Gianni Versace named her “My Favorite Supermodel.” In 2004, Jovovich topped Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s richest supermodels, earning about $ 10.5 million.
In 2006, Jovovich was hired by the Mango clothing line as her image for their advertising campaigns; It could also be seen in Etro ads. It has been noted that “modeling was never her priority” and allows her to “be selective about the creative decisions she makes.” She is currently the face of the Italian luxury firm Zegna, and is the protagonist of the Campari calendar.
In 1992, Jovovich co-starred with Christian Slater in the comedy Kuffs. Later that year, he played actress Mildred Harris in the biopic Chaplin.
In 1993 Jovovich appeared in Richard Linklater’s cult film Dazed and Confused, in which she played Michelle Burroughs, Pickford’s on-screen girlfriend (played by her then real-life boyfriend Shawn Andrews). Jovovich was very prominent in the promotional material of the film; however, upon the film’s release,
she was upset to find that her role was greatly shortened from the original script. Most of Jovovich’s scenes were shot on the last day of shooting; however, she was misinformed of the date, ultimately having only one script line in the film, “No,” in addition to singing a verse of The Alien Song from her album The Divine Comedy.