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