Milla is a Ukrainian-born international superstar. She has had an extraordinary career; making her mark in the fashion and modelling industries, the music industry, and the film industry.
At the age of eleven, Jovovich was spotted by photographer Richard Avedon, who featured her in Revlon’s “Most Unforgettable Women in the World” advertisements. In October 1987, she was on the cover of the Italian fashion magazine Lei, her first of many covers. In 1988, she signed her first professional modeling contract. She also appeared in campaigns for L’Oréal cosmetics, Banana Republic, Christian Dior, Donna Karan, and Versace.
Milla Jovovich made it to the cover of The Face, which led to new contracts and covers of Vogue and Cosmopolitan. Since then, she has graced over one hundred magazine covers, including Seventeen, Mademoiselle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, and InStyle.
Milla’s early modeling led to acting roles, and in 1988 she appeared in her first film role in the romance thriller Two Moon Junction. Her first leading role was in Return to the Blue Lagoon in 1991, for which she was nominated for the “Best Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture” in the 1991 Young Artist Awards. She appeared on some TV shows around this time and also in the films Kuffs (1992), Chaplin (1992), and Dazed and Confused (1993).
Milla’s breakout role was as Leeloo, the perfect being in Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element (1997). She later starred in several other action movies, including Ultraviolet (2006), A Perfect Getaway (2009), and The Fourth Kind (2009).
Perhaps Milla’s most successful role was as Alice in the Resident Evil franchise. Alice is the film’s heroine who fights a legion of zombies created by the evil Umbrella Corporation. Milla and husband Paul W.S. Anderson have made 5 Resident Evil films to date: Resident Evil (2002), Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010), and Resident Evil: Retribution (2012).
In 1994, Milla released her critically acclaimed folk album, The Divine Comedy. Inspired by a love of “elves and magic trees”, Milla wrote the lyrics at 15 and recorded the album when she was just 16. Acoustic, folky, and hard to categorize, the eleven songs on The Divine Comedy are laced with Slavic sadness and existential self-doubt. “In a Glade” is a beautiful
traditional Ukrainian folk song that Milla sings in her native tongue.
Jovovich has contributed tracks to several of her film soundtracks, including The Million Dollar Hotel (2000) and Dummy (2002), and has also provided songs for the soundtracks of films in which she has not acted such as Underworld (2003) produced by musician Danny Lohner who was the bass player in Nine Inch Nails for many years. Her song “The Gentlemen Who Fell” was featured on the The Rules of Attraction soundtrack in 2002.
Jovovich and fellow model Carmen Hawk launched a line of clothing called Jovovich-Hawk in 2003. The pair opened a showroom in New York City’s Greenwich Village on September 13, 2005, and the line lasted for four years. In November 2006, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and US Vogue nominated Jovovich-Hawk for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award.