The dark side

Milla Jovovich is back in an­other Res­i­dent Evil movie and this time, it’s a real fam­ily af­fair. She spoke to Kerri-Ann Roper.

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - 8/FILM -

Every­one keeps talk­ing about how nice Milla Jovovich is. And not your typ­i­cal, fake Hollywood nice, com­plete with stiff smile and re­hearsed an­swers, but nice in a gen­uine, girl-next-door way. Some­one you’d want to talk to for hours – about any­thing and every­thing.

She even puts her nine-year-old daugh­ter, Ever, on loud­speaker, when she calls mid-in­ter­view to tell her mum she passed a run­ning test. “Wow, that’s amazing, I’m so proud of you,” Jovovich beams, be­fore turn­ing and mouthing that Ever’s now go­ing to ask to go to McDon­ald’s.

She’s not far off; Ever asks if she can “Please” go to an Amer­i­can pan­cake house, and after scor­ing a yes, bel­lows down the phone, “By­eee, love you mama”, sound­ing elated.

It’s not every day a Hollywood star shares such a sweet, can­did mo­ment – es­pe­cially one with a bil­lion-dol­lar franchise un­der her belt in the form of Res­i­dent Evil, based on the video game of the same name.

Jovovich, 41, is back as kick-ass lead­ing lady Alice, in the sixth, and re­port­edly fi­nal, of­fer­ing in the zom­bie-fight­ing ac­tion series, aptly ti­tled Res­i­dent Evil: The Fi­nal Chap­ter.

It’s a success story that’s grown over 15 years, since the 2002 de­but, and while it’s been a bumpy ride for her on-screen char­ac­ter, fight­ing the cor­rupt Umbrella Cor­po­ra­tion and the zom­bie apoc­a­lypse, Jovovich says the jour­ney for her has been “or­ganic”.

“It started with a small Euro­pean, in­die ac­tion-hor­ror flick,” she says, sip­ping on a cup of tea. “It seemed like I would have a great time mak­ing it. I was 24 years old, so still a very young adult, and I was hav­ing a good time. It was my favourite video game, and a fe­male-driven video game with zom­bies. I thought it was the coolest, dark­est most underground thing ever.”

The Fi­nal Chap­ter sees Alice joined by old favourites, like Ali Larter’s char­ac­ter Claire Red­field, as well as vil­lain and founder of the Umbrella Cor­po­ra­tion Dr Isaacs, played by Game Of Thrones’ Iain Glen.

Now, as she re­flects on the past decade and a half, Jovovich de­scribes say­ing farewell as “bit­ter­sweet”.

She met her hus­band, Bri­tish di­rec­tor Paul W S An­der­son on the set of the first film in 2002. They’re now mar­ried with two daugh­ters (as well as Ever, there’s Dashiel Edan, who turns two in April).

The lat­est movie was a real fam­ily af­fair, as Ever made her act­ing de­but as the Red Queen.

“It was un­for­get­table for me, the ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with my child and my hus­band si­mul­ta­ne­ously was some­thing that needed to hap­pen,” says Jovovich. “That was one of the main rea­sons I al­lowed her to be in the movie, be­cause I felt like it was such a spe­cial thing, and she is so good.”

If any­one can help Ever nav­i­gate the world of act­ing from a young age, it’s her mum.

Born in the Ukraine, “pretty much by ac­ci­dent”, to a Rus­sian mother and Ser­bian fa­ther, she spent her early years in Rus­sia (she still speaks the lan­guage). But

I thought it was

the coolest, dark­est, most underground

thing ever.


FOR­MER ALLY: Ali Larter as Claire Red­field in Res­i­dent Evil: The Fi­nal Chap­ter.

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