(pronounced; Serbian: Milica Jovović
; Russian: Милла Йовович;
Ukrainian: Мiлла Йовович
; born as Milica Jovović
, on December 17, 1975) is a Serbian-Ukrainian model, actress, musician, and fashion designer.
Over her career, she has appeared in a number of science fiction and action themed films, for which music channel VH1 has referred to her as the "reigning queen of kick-butt".
Jovovich began modeling at eleven, when Richard Avedon featured her in Revlon's "Most Unforgettable Women in the World" advertisements, and she continued her career with other notable campaigns for L'Oreal cosmetics, Banana Republic, Christian Dior, Donna Karan and Versace. In 1988, she had her first professional acting role in the television film The Night Train to Kathmandu
, and later that year she appeared in her first feature film, Two Moon Junction
. Following more small television and film roles, she gained notoriety with the romance film Return to the Blue Lagoon
(1991), the sequel to The Blue Lagoon
. Jovovich then acted alongside Bruce Willis in the science fiction film The Fifth Element
(1997), and later played the title role in The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
(1999). In 2002, she starred in the video game adaptation, Resident Evil
, which has gone on to spawn two sequels: Resident Evil: Apocalypse
(2004) and Resident Evil: Extinction
In addition to her modeling and acting career, Jovovich released a critically acclaimed musical album, The Divine Comedy
in 1994. She continues to release demos for other songs on her official website and contributes to film soundtracks as well; Jovovich has yet to release another album. In 2003, she and model Carmen Hawk created the clothing line Jovovich-Hawk. The line ceased operations in early 2008. Jovovich also has her own production company, Creature Entertainment.