Milla Jovovich: ‘Beauty is meaningless if you don’t know who you are’

Milla Jovovich’s riveting looks have captivated the movie world for decades, but success has come at a cost. She opens up to Louise Gannon about humiliating sex scenes, overcoming drug problems and fending off Hollywood sharks

Milla Jovovich has lived a life less ordinary. The Ukrainian-born actress and former model began working at just nine years old and appeared on magazine covers shot by Herb Ritts at 11. She’s appeared in more than 40 movies, recorded music with her friend Bono, and modelled for Chanel and Dior. She is worth £35 million, a figure doubled if you include the estimated wealth of her husband, screenwriter and director Paul W S Anderson. But that success came at a price. Childhood trauma, underage sex scenes, being preyed upon by ‘sleazy older men’ and drug abuse that nearly killed her.

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Milla Jovovich discusses Versace, Resident Evil and elusive casualwear

On March 1, 2017, Milla Jovovich talks with Kavita Daswani about talks politics, child actors and shopping on the interview.

So what’s so special about these jeans you’re making?
They’re based on a few of my favourite pairs, one of them being a jean that I designed 10 years ago. It’s high-waisted, but not too crazy or with too much design on it. It’s more simple, sleek and everyday, which you don’t really find. Usually they’re very gimmicky, super-’70s. I want something modern. Let’s see how it turns out.

You’ve been a muse of the house of Versace for a long time. How did that happen?
One of the first shows I ever did for them was when I was 14. This was in the early 1990s and Gianni was still alive. They flew me to Italy and he saw me walk and it was a disaster. I had no clue. So he put me on a swing, and I ended up on this idyllic bench swing for the entire show. It was very cute. He was such a wonderful man and he had the most incredible style. I worked with him on a few different campaigns and shows, and it’s been a long-running relationship with the brand.

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