About Milla Jovovich
Milla was born in 1975 in Kiev, Ukraine, to a Serbian pediatrician and a renowned Russian actress. Her family moved to the U.S. in 1981 and she began her remarkable modeling career at age nine. She has since appeared on more than 150 magazine covers across the globe and is a worldwide spokesperson for L’Oréal Paris.
Milla made her acting debut in the Disney Channel movie, Night Train to Kathmandu, and she made guest appearances on television series including Married…with Children as a French exchange student. Her first feature film was Two Moon Junction, with Sherilyn Fenn, and she starred in Return to the Blue Lagoon at age 15. She played opposite Christian Slater in 1992 in Kuffs, prior to appearing in Sir Richard Attenborough’s critically acclaimed Chaplin, playing the silent-screen legend’s second wife Mildred Harris, opposite Oscar nominee Robert Downey, Jr. Milla’s film credits also include Richard Linklater’s cult classic Dazed and Confused, about high school slackers in the 1970s.
Milla’s breakthrough starring role came in Luc Besson’s 1997 science-fiction thriller The Fifth Element, opposite Bruce Willis. Her portrayal of a perfect being who holds the key to preventing evil from destroying the world won the hearts of fans and critics alike. She followed that success with a role as a prostitute in Spike Lee’s He Got Game, opposite Denzel Washington. Milla followed in the footsteps of screen legends Ingrid Bergman and Jean Seberg by achieving critical acclaim by playing the 15th-century French saint Joan of Arc: she had the title role in Besson’s The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999), which featured Dustin Hoffman, John Malkovich, and Faye Dunaway.
She next appeared with Mel Gibson in Wim Wenders’ The Million Dollar Hotel, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. She went on to co-star with Wes Bentley and Sarah Polley in MGM’s The Claim and with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in Stiller’s spoof of the world of models and high-fashion, Zoolander.
Milla achieved box office success in the U.S. and around the world with the action-packed thriller Resident Evil. Based on the wildly popular video game, Resident Evil was written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Milla reprised her role as the zombie-slaying heroine Alice in Resident Evil: Apocalypse. She received glowing reviews opposite Oscar-winner Adrien Brody and Ileana Douglas in the feature film Dummy, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Milla appeared in the feature film Ultraviolet.
Known throughout the world for her sense of style, Milla has a love of fashion, which has led to one of her most exciting ventures yet…that of clothing designer. Milla and her friend and business partner, Carmen Hawk, launched Jovovich-Hawk and achieved instant acclaim in the domestic and international fashion world. The fresh, unique line has caught the attention of red-carpet watchers and fashion magazines, including American Vogue, which featured Jovovich-Hawk on its coveted list of "10 Things to Watch Out For in 2005." Jovovich-Hawk debuted its New York showroom to the world this past fall during Fashion Week.
A student of voice and guitar since she was very young, Milla began writing songs for her first record at the age of 15. Her first album, "The Divine Comedy", was released by EMI Records in 1994. Informed by her experiences as a child growing up as a Russian émigré, the introspective European debut drew favorable reviews for Milla’s songwriting and performing. Although she has not released a follow-up album, she still continues to write music and has had songs featured on several film soundtracks.
Her charming personality, versatile beauty, and strong character are a constant source of inspiration for L’Oréal Paris.