Once taunted by bullies, Milla Jovovich takes it out on zombies
by cindy pearlman September 6, 2012 6:18PM
Milla Jovovich reprises her role as zombie-killing Alice in "Resident Evil: Retribution."
Updated: October 10, 2012 6:15AM
Milla Jovovich is a zombie’s worst nightmare in the “Resident Evil” franchise.
Rough and tough on screen, the action star says that in real life that wasn’t always the case. “I was a Russian immigrant whose last name was one that no one could pronounce,” she says.
“I was bullied in school. I would hear, ‘Here comes Milla Jovovovovovovovoich.’ The kids would add about 100 syllables. ”
Jovovich, 36, got past the taunts. “I thought that being popular in school was just so pathetic,” she says. “I knew I had a future over and beyond the horizon of that school.”
Jovovich stars in “Resident Evil: Retribution” (opening Friday), where her never-say-die character Alice fights as part of a resistance movement in the continuing battle against Umbrella Corp. and those pesky undead.
1 Are you surprised that the “Resident Evil” franchise has lasted a decade?
It’s really exciting. I went to Comic Con and there was this double spread about it in Entertainment Weekly. They had all the favorite characters in this spread including Iron Man, “Game of Thrones,” the Gollum — and my Alice was in the middle. I’m going to frame it because it’s just so cool. I’m going, “Oh my God, I’m in the same league as the Gollum.”
2 Do you get tired of all the training for these movies?
There is all this controversy that women and girls are too skinny or too overweight. I say to just do martial arts and everything will be OK. You will tone up your body and find a confidence you can’t find just sitting around watching TV and hanging out with friends. When I learn martial arts, my master will have me try a punch for a week and he will keep saying, “No, you don’t have it. No, that’s not right.” When he finally says, “Yes, you did it,” it’s a wonderful moment. You worked on it. You got it.
3 What is it like being the mom of a 5-year-old?
It’s such a cute age. The other day I had oral surgery and I came home with painkillers for my mouth. My daughter was with her Russian nanny because I want her to speak both English and Russian. I went in the room with my mouth killing me to hear my little girl speak Russian. I started speaking Russian, too, and my daughter just looked at me. I said, “My mouth really hurts.” She said, “That’s good, mama. Give your mouth a rest.”
4 Can you give us a few great beauty secrets?
The last thing I want to do after a long day is set up an appointment [for a facial]. All I want to do is go home and watch “Boardwalk Empire.” I cleanse, tone and moisturize because I know if you don’t then you will have pores the size of a football field.
You killed it fashion-wise at the Oscars last year. Does that feel good?
Melanie Griffith and I both went into the theater at the same time. I couldn’t walk anymore. When we sat down, Melanie and Antonio Banderas were next to us. My feet were bleeding from killer heels. Melanie held up both hands. She had on these beautiful diamond bracelets that were so sharp with points that both of her arms were bleeding. I looked at her and said, “The Oscars. It’s a bloodbath!” ... But I did trend on Twitter as best dressed for 7 ½ minutes. I can die happy now.
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