December 17, 1975
Daughter of Russian stage actress Gallina Loginova and Yugoslavian pediatrician Bogie Jovovich,
Milla was five years old when her family emigrated to Sacramento. Already a startling beauty at
age 11, Jovovich began pursuing an acting career, but when her photograph reached the offices
of the Prima modeling agency, a somewhat different career path began.
Having gained international fame through modeling, Milla decided to focus upon her original goal. She made her screen debut in 1988's Two Moon Junction and also starred in the fantasy feature Night Train To Kathmandu. Her first commercial feature was 1991's, Return to the Blue Lagoon, and at 14 was featured in Richard Attenborough's Chaplin. A brief role in Richard Linklater's high school comedy, Dazed and Confused followed. She also starred opposite Christian Slater in Kuffs.
A student of voice and piano since a very early age, Jovovich bought her first electric
guitar at the age of 13 and was eagerly receptive when approached by an agent from
SBK Records. At the age of 15, she set to work writing songs for her first album.
Putting aside her acting and modeling careers, Jovovich pursued a strenuous tour schedule through the remainder of 1994 and the start of 1995. She was preparing to enter the studio to begin work on her second album when the opportunity to star in The Fifth Element arose, exposing her to mainstream audiences. Although The Fifth Element was headlined by Bruce Willis, Milla proved she could carry her own. The two Resident Evil flicks followed, cementing her as not only one tough chick who could kick some undead butt, but also as a leading actress who could open a movie.
Photo © ELLE / Bio by K. Kamarauskas © 2001
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